Lava Cake: The perfect dessert for your romantic dinner for two.

Chocolate Lava Cake

There are few foods that I love quite as much as chocolate. I love chocolate truffle pie, chocolate ice cream, chocolate crepes, hot chocolate.. the list goes on and on. The chocolate dessert I have most often, however, is Chocolate Lava Cake. Lava cake, with it’s warm, goopy center of liquid chocolate, is the perfect dessert for a romantic dinner for two, but it also works for dinner parties, game nights with friends, or even a movie night alone.

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Lava Cake: The perfect dessert for your romantic dinner for two.

Lava Cake

Why do I make it more than other desserts?  It’s incredibly easy, it’s fast, but most incredibly, it only has 5 ingredients. Yes that’s right- Five! That’s it! However, my favorite thing about chocolate lava cake is that it’s served in small, individual sized portions. This means no left-overs. No late night snacking that will, inevitably, lead to regret. It’s small, indulgent, and perfect.

This wonderful little cake is rich, but won’t leave you in a sugar-induced brain fog.  Serve it after dinner, or really, whenever you want.  If you’re serving it for date night or a dinner party, go ahead and mix up your batter and put everything in the ramekins before dinner.  These only take 10 minutes to cook, and should be served hot, so you’ll want to pop them in the oven shortly before it’s time to serve dessert. Once they’re ready, add the toppings, serve the cakes, and watch them be quickly gobbled up by very happy eaters.

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Lava Cake: The perfect dessert for your romantic dinner for two.
5 from 3 votes

Chocolate Lava Cake

Course Dessert
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 386 kcal
Author Champagne Tastes


  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips (to avoid dairy use a dairy-free chocolate), plus 1/4 cup chocolate chips for filling
  • 2 TB butter OR coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Toppings: berries, whipped cream, ice cream, and/or powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven: 475ºF

  2. Spray or brush oil into two 4oz ramekins or custard cups (coat them really well to ensure that they'll pop out later). Melt chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler or in the microwave (about 40 seconds depending on your microwave- stop before the chocolate is completely melted, and then stir it and let the hot oil melt the chocolate). Add eggs, vanilla, and flour.

  3. Divide half the mixture between the two ramekins. Add remaining chocolate chips on top in the center of the batter. Top with remaining batter.

  4. Bake 9-10 minutes, then allow to cool 2-3 minutes.

  5. Take a butter knife and run along the edges of the cakes, and turn upside down to pop cakes out onto plates. (Or skip this step and serve the cakes in the ramekins).

  6. Add toppings and serve while still hot.

Recipe Notes

*Calorie Information was calculated per serving using My Fitness Pal, and do not include optional toppings.

Chocolate Lava Cake: Scrumptious and indulgent little bits of chocolate deliciousness. 5 ingredients, 20 minutes. The perfect end to your romantic dinner date.

chocolate lava cake


12 thoughts on “Chocolate Lava Cake

  1. Meghan says:

    I love it when it’s easy to cut recipes in half. I have one that just makes 2-3 cupcakes (servings for: eating batter, one now, one later) and it really is awesome. I’d eat the whole giant batch otherwise.
    This is going on my list of stuff to make. So nom!

  2. Elyse Andrews says:

    So amazingly awesome!! Had a major chocolate craving tonight and remembered this recipe…and 20 minutes later I was eating a deliciously rich treat. Would definitely make again, super easy and was the perfect amount of sweetness ?

  3. Jolina - The Unlikely Baker says:

    I cannot wait to make this. You make it sound so easy and simple! At restaurants this is always the default dessert so I’m excited to make it at home. Though TBH I think there will be about 5 seconds where I will hold my breath waiting for the lava to ooze out 🙂

    • champagne-tastes says:

      It really is easy!!! It’s my favorite date night dessert- I actually just made it for the hubs and myself last night!!

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