Dark Chocolate Lava Cakes

Dark Chocolate Lava Cakes with blackberries on top

These Dark Chocolate Lava Cakes are mini chocolate cakes loaded with dark chocolate filling. Fudgy, gooey, warm and delicious, they’re the perfect easy, no fuss dessert!

I’ve always mostly loved Valentine’s Day. Even before I met my husband, my mom would always spoil me and buy me extravagant gift baskets filled with sour candy, chocolate and sweet gifts. Even though it’s a Hallmark holiday, it’s the world’s day of telling someone else how much you truly love them. And I love that. I’m a sucker for that. #sueme

Dark Chocolate Lava Cake with powdered sugar being dusted on top

This will make the 4th Valentine’s Day that I’ve been with my husband. You can read a fun love Q+A that we did last year for the blog here. Every single year we have the same tradition. We stay in, make delicious buttery garlic steaks, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, homemade mac and cheese, some type of chocolate for dessert and we always split a bottle of dry red wine. It’s wonderful, low pressure, fun and best of all – we can just immediately change into sweatpants after we are done eating and lounge on the couch. That’s true love.

This will be the dessert we will be consuming ever so elegantly in sweatpants this week for Valentine’s Day. It’s delicious, decadent and just mouthwateringly good.

perfectly baked Dark Chocolate Lava Cake with blackberries and powdered sugar

They’re not overly sweet, they have the perfect balance of dark chocolate + sweetness from the added powdered sugar in the batter. I love how gooey they stay in the middle. The chocolate just runs like lava from the middle when you take a bite. 

Another thing I love about these Dark Chocolate Lava Cakes? They are SO easy! No fancy ramekins needed – I just literally used my jumbo muffin tin! It worked out perfectly. So let’s get into what you need to make these delicious cakes so you can go out and buy the ingredients RIGHT NOW TO MAKE THEM. Jk, you most likely already have all of these ingredients at home. Boom.

golden spoon with bite of Dark Chocolate Lava Cake on it

Ingredients for Dark Chocolate Lava Cakes:

  • high quality dark chocolate (don’t use chocolate chips here! I would recommend buying an actual dark chocolate bar – 51% cacao or higher OR getting one of those semi-sweet Baker’s Bars you find in the baking section.)
  • salted butter (can use unsalted – just make sure to add a pinch of salt to the batter)
  • powdered sugar
  • all purpose flour
  • vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, 3 egg yolks
  • cocoa powder

How to Make Dark Chocolate Lava Cakes:

Preheat the oven to 425. Grease the muffin tin with either non-stick baking spray or even butter. Using a sifter, dust cocoa powder over each one generously. Both of these steps will ensure that the cakes do not stick to the tin. I used a jumbo 6 tin muffin pan. If you have a 12 tin muffin pan, that’s fine too. The main thing is to spread the batter evenly in each cup.

Next, roughly chop the dark chocolate into shards. Like this:

chopped dark chocolate

In a large microwave safe bowl, add your chocolate and an entire stick of salted butter. Place in the microwave for about 1 minute to 1 minute and 15 seconds. Take out the bowl and begin mixing until smooth without any lumps. It should look extra luscious and you will want to eat it all. Refrain!

melted chocolate and butter

In a small bowl, mix together the 2 eggs with the 3 egg yolks. Add those directly to the bowl of melted chocolate as well as the vanilla extract. To the same bowl of chocolate, add in the flour and powdered sugar. Mix all of this together, gently, until it’s fully incorporated without any lumps.

To the muffin tins, add in equal amount of batter to each one. Bake for 8-10 minutes, for me 9 minutes was the perfect amount! You will notice that the outside ring of the cakes will be baked through – but the middles might look a little bit underdone. That’s what you’re hoping for!

Dark Chocolate Lava Cake in muffin pan

Using a bread knife or your preferred tool, gently remove the dark chocolate lava cakes from the muffin tin. They’re very delicate! Consume while warm – you want the gooiest fudgiest filling you can get! ENJOY!

gooey fudgy Dark Chocolate Lava Cake on plate

Possible Toppings for Dark Chocolate Lava Cakes:

  • fresh fruit (blackberries, strawberries, raspberries)
  • homemade whipped cream (don’t add any extra sugar for ultimate creaminess!)
  • a big scoop of your favorite ice cream (i’m partial to anything coffee flavored)
  • more powdered sugar (a little extra sweetness can go a long way!)

I hope you guys enjoy these Dark Chocolate Lava Cakes – but mostly, just enjoy time with your loved ones!

Did you enjoy this recipe? Here are some other Valentine’s Day Dessert Ideas!

Fudgy Brownie Cookies

Soft Chai Snickerdoodles

No Bake Cookies

Easy Oreo Truffles

Peppermint Mocha Pie

Thank you so much for following along here, friends! Want to see more? Be sure to follow ourbalancedbowl on Instagram and tag me with your photo if you end up making a recipe! You can also post a photo of your recipe to the Our Balanced Bowl Facebook page! I always love to see your re-creations! If you do make a recipe, it would make my whole day if you were to rate and comment so I can get your feedback! Lots of love! – Haylie

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Dark Chocolate Lava Cakes

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword dark chocolate lava cakes, lava cakes, molten lava cakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Haylie

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. high quality dark chocolate
  • 1 stick salted butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • cocoa powder for dusting
  • more powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425. Grease your jumbo muffin tin with either butter or non-stick cooking spray. Using a small sifter, generously dust cocoa on each of the tins. This will ensure the lava cakes won't stick. 

  2. Next, roughly chop your dark chocolate. Add it in to a microwave safe bowl with 1 stick of butter. Place in the microwave for 1 minute to 1 minute and 15 seconds. Take it out and then stir until the chocolate is beautiful, smooth and glossy with no lumps. 

  3. In a small bowl, mix the eggs and 3 egg yolks together. Add those to the bowl of chocolate as well as the vanilla extract. Next, add in the powdered sugar and flour. Mix gently until combined and no lumps are in the batter. 

  4. Add the batter into equal amounts into the muffin tin cups. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the outside ring of the cakes look done. The inside will still be gooey - which is what you want! Using a bread knife or your preferred tool, gently remove the lava cakes from the muffin pan. Enjoy warm with more powdered sugar sifted on top. 

Recipe Notes

I used a jumbo 6 tin muffin pan. Feel free to use a 12 tin muffin pan - just make sure the batter gets evenly distributed between each tin 🙂

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  1. Our fur baby’s b day is on Valentine’s Day so we make the day all about him, but hubby and I will certainly celebrate this upcoming weekend and these chocolate lava cakes would be PERFECT! I love all that chocolately goodness oozing out. So fun to make too!

    1. How cute! Happy almost bday to him <3 and yes! These would be perfect for the weekend! And so fun! Extra delicious and gooey. Thanks for the kind words, Dawn! Happy almost Valentine's Day! 🙂

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