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mini chocolate lava cakes

Mini Chocolate Lava Cakes

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  • Author: Katherine
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 mini skillet cakes 1x


The cutest little mini chocolate lava cakes for your next date night! Cakey on the outside, warm and gooey on the inside. Top these molten mini lava cakes for two with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream!


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, chopped into 1” pieces
  • 3 oz dark chocolate, chopped*
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk, room temperature
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar*
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp flour*


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F and thoroughly grease and flour two small cast iron skillets, or ramekins*
  2. In a medium-sized microwaveable bowl, combine the butter and chopped chocolate. Heat in 30 second intervals on high, stirring in between each interval until completely smooth.
  3. In another medium-sized bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, salt and vanilla until the eggs are frothy and lighter in color, 1-2 minutes. Add half of the butter/chocolate mixture to the bowl, whisking to combine. Add in the flour, combine, and add the rest of the chocolate. Stir just until the ingredients are incorporated. Divide the batter evenly between the two skillets. I like to use my kitchen scale for this! Bake the skillets for 5-7 minutes*, or until the top is JUST barely set and the edges have browned up. Do not overcook them! Remove from the oven and serve immediately, topping with ice cream, coconut cream or whipped cream!

The recipe easily double if you’re serving for 4. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge!


  1. I like to use 72% dark chocolate. If you’re making a keto version, use sugar-free dark chocolate or at least 85%. Be sure to use good quality chocolate!
  2. For the keto version, sub the powdered sugar for something like Swerve powdered sugar, or an alternative sweetener.
  3. Use almond flour for keto-friendly.
  4. The skillets I use are 5″ in size. A smaller skillet will increase the bake time by a couple of minutes, and vice versa. Keep an eye on your cakes!
  5. If using 3″ ramekins, increase bake time to 8-9 minutes.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: desserts
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: american
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