Heavenly individual chocolate cakes with a melting chocolate centre with only 6 ingredients, and ready to eat in under 30 minutes!

Chocolate Molten Cakes | Marsha's Baking Addiction

pin it

Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but who’s stopping you and your special someoneย from indulging in these delicious chocolate molten cakes right now? With only 6 simple ingredients, you can have these ready to devour in less than 30 minutes!

Chocolate Molten Cakes | Marsha's Baking Addiction

And if you don’t want to bake these cakes up right away, simply pour the batter into the ramekins, cover with clingfilm, and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Perfect if you don’t want to serve all four of them at once.

Chocolate Molten Cakes | Marsha's Baking Addiction

ย How much melted centre you get depends on how long you bake them for. If you want more sponge over melted pudding, bake for a little longer. For the best tasting molten cakes, I highly recommend you use your favourite good quality dark chocolate.

Chocolate Molten Cakes | Marsha's Baking Addiction

If you’re a chocolate lover like me, you will fall in love with these molten cakes, and will want to make them again and again. I usually love to serve these with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, because the warmth of the cake makes it melt slowly as you indulge in this gorgeous pudding, but you could go for icing sugar (like mine today), more melted chocolate, salted caramel, or whipped cream!

Chocolate Molten Cakes | Marsha's Baking Addiction

Chocolate Molten Cakes | Marsha's Baking Addiction

Valentine’s Day or not… enjoy!

Chocolate Molten Cakes | Marsha's Baking Addiction

Chocolate Molten Cakes

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Yields 4


  • 2/3 cup good quality dark chocolate 115g, chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 115g
  • 1 cup icing sugar 125g
  • 2 large eggs and 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plain flour 62g


  1. Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7. Grease 4 ramekins, and place them on a baking tray.
  2. Microwave the chocolate, and butter together until completely melted. Set aside to cool slightly - about 10 minutes.
  3. Whisk in the icing sugar, eggs, and egg yolks. Mix in the vanilla extract, and the flour until combined.
  4. Divide the mixture between the prepared ramekins. Bake for 12 - 14 minutes, until the sides of the cakes are firm, and the centres are still soft.
  5. Carefully run a knife around the edges of each cake, then turn them out onto serving plates. Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream, or your favourite topping.


If you don't want to bake these right away, simply cover the pudding in ramekins with clingfilm and keep refrigerated for up to 24 hours. Bake just before serving.br]
Slightly adapted from [Kraft

Chocolate Molten Cakes | Marsha's Baking Addiction

Chocolate Molten Cakes | Marsha's Baking Addiction


44 comments on “Chocolate Molten Cakes”

  1. You won’t believe how crazy I am! I’m looking at your molten cake and thinking “I will add two scoops ice cream, and drizzle caramel sauce, maybe add some chopped walnuts…” LOL, your cake made me day dream ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Oh my gosh you’ve made the notoriously tricky molten lava cake look SO easy! My OH made me a molten lava cake for Valentines Day a few years ago and I’ve never returned the favour because I thought I would fail. You’ve given me the confidence to treat him ๐Ÿ™‚ lets hope they come out as well as yours!

  3. I think Muna has the right idea. I want to put ALL those things you recommended on these! Though they look so rich and gorgeous I imagine they really stand on their own too.

    These are so pretty and the fact that you can make them in advance would make them so perfect for serving to guests! Pinning to do just that.

  4. I didn’t think I was going to make it past the first picture! I just sat there staring and drooling for a bit. ๐Ÿ™‚ Not only do these look fantastic, I love the concept of being able to pre-make them in advance and prep them for baking. Such a great recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Your cake looks amazing with oozing molten centers.. This delicious chocolate cake is my wife’s favorite, I make it every year on her birthday or special occasion. There is not a more romantic food than chocolate is my honest opinion.

  6. Oh, this looks so good. I have always wanted to make something like this, but was always afraid I would not make it right and would be dissapointed. I really have to just do it, the way you do it seems so easy.

  7. Wow. These look amazing! Molten and chocolate are two words that are always great together. I think it’s great that you can make these ahead and store them in the fridge before baking. And I can’t believe they’re done in thirty minutes! Awesome.

  8. Hi Marsha I love this recipe but did I miss the step for the chocolate and butter that are melted together and then set aside for 15 minutes? I want to make this but don’t know what that step requires.

    • Hi Carolyn! Cooling the melted chocolate and butter slightly makes sure your eggs don’t scramble when you mix them in. 10 minutes should be fine, too ๐Ÿ™‚

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *