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Chocolate Lava Cakes For Two: The Perfect Valentine’s Day Dessert

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Make your Valentine's night memorable with my luscious and incredibly decadent Chocolate Lava Cakes recipe for two — one for you and your loved one!
Chocolate Lava Cake for 2 recipe for Valentine's Day dessert, topped with ice cream!

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Hi Bold Bakers!

My Chocolate Lava Cakes For Two are possibly the best dessert to serve your loved one on Valentine’s Day. What says “I love you” better than a molten hot center of gooey chocolate?! 

And since a lot of us aren’t going to be heading out to restaurants this year, this homemade chocolate lava cake recipe makes just two lava cakes—perfect for a Valentine’s night in. You can also make these cakes up to 2 days in advance and bake them whenever you want! Less time in the kitchen means more time for romance!!

The flavor of this cake is really rich, fudgy, and delicious. I add a little instant coffee powder to the batter, which isn’t necessary, but it adds a depth of flavor that I really love. And despite looking like they’re hard to assemble, chocolate lava cake is actually super easy to make! 

A Chocolate Lava Cake recipe that makes two, topped with vanilla ice cream!

What Is Chocolate Lava Cake?

Chocolate lava cake, sometimes called molten chocolate cake, is a popular dessert in the US, although some chefs claim it was originally invented in France. In fact, you’ve probably seen them on a number of menus, from Chili’s to local bakeries to the swankiest French restaurants!

It kind of like a combination of a cake and a soufflé, and it gets its name from the infamous liquid chocolate in the center of the cake. Not to brag, but I think this recipe even gives Chili’s lava cake a run for its money!

What You Need To Make Chocolate Lava Cake

How To Make Chocolate Lava Cakes For Two

Breaking into a lava cake, as its gooey chocolate center melts out, is super impressive! But what’s even more impressive is how easy it is to make lava cakes! Here is how you do it (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below):

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and prepare two 6-ounce ramekins or two oven-safe mugs by buttering and flouring them and placing them on a baking sheet.
  2. In a medium bowl, add the butter and chocolate and gently melt it in the microwave or over a bain-marie.
  3. Once the butter and chocolate have melted, whisk in the sugar, eggs, vanilla, and coffee (the coffee is optional) until it is well combined.
  4. Then, stir in the flour and salt and mix until it is just combined. Try not to overmix! Evenly divide the batter between the two prepped dishes.
  5. Bake the cakes for 20-22 minutes, or until there is a jiggle in the center and the edges are set. You’ll want to be sure your center stays soft and jiggly to ensure the lovely liquid “lava” chocolate hasn’t overbaked!
  6. Remove from the oven and let the cakes stand for about a minute before carefully turning them out onto your serving dish. Enjoy straight away!

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Chocolate Lava Cakes

  • Be sure to butter and flour the dishes really well so when you invert the lava cakes, they come out easily and intact! 
  • Make the cakes in advance and keep them for 2 days. You can bake them about 20 minutes before you’re ready to serve! 
  • Use bittersweet chocolate for the best, most rich flavor. Coffee brings out a lot of that chocolate flavor, so I recommend adding the instant coffee powder to the batter, but it is optional. 
  • Don’t skimp on the salt! Salt brings out the flavor of the chocolate.
  • Bake in pretty, oven-safe mugs in case you lose your nerve when it comes to turning them out on your serving dish! They can be served in mugs with ice cream on top. 

Chocolate Lava Cake for Two with ice cream on top.

How Do I Store Chocolate Lava Cake?

It’s best to enjoy chocolate lava cake right away while it is still warm so that molten chocolate core can really be enjoyed. Instead of saving leftovers, I recommend waiting to bake the cake until you are ready to serve. This recipe can be made up to 2 days in advance and baked at your convenience! 

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Full (and printable) recipe below!

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Chocolate Lava Cakes For Two: The Perfect Valentine’s Day Dessert

4.89 from 36 votes
Make your Valentine's night memorable with my luscious and incredibly decadent Chocolate Lava Cakes recipe for two.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 2 cakes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Make your Valentine's night memorable with my luscious and incredibly decadent Chocolate Lava Cakes recipe for two.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 2 cakes

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (2oz/57g) butter
  • cup (2oz/57g) bittersweet chocolate (chopped)
  • ¼ cup (2oz/57g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon instant coffee powder (optional)
  • ¼ cup (1 ¼oz/35g) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Butter two 6-ounce ramekins or oven-safe mugs and place on a baking sheet. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl add in the butter and chocolate and gently melt either in the microwave or over a ban-marie.
  • Once melted, whisk in the sugar, eggs, vanilla, and coffee until well combined.
  • Lastly, stir in the flour and salt and mix until just combined. Evenly divide the batter between the two prepared dishes.
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes or just until there is a jiggle in the center and the edges are set. A soft center ensures lovely, lava on the inside.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to stand for 1 minute before carefully turning out each cake onto your serving dish. Enjoy straight away with some vanilla ice-cream.
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MomoS
MomoS
1 year ago

The BEST DESSERT in the whole wide world!! I have been making this chocolate lava every single night as I absolutely loves it!!!! thank u Gemma for this recipe! My fave recipe ever!

kittykittydindin
kittykittydindin
1 year ago

I made this dessert last night and completely forgot to take pictures! But let me tell you it was DELICIOUS and so super easy. It came out just perfect. I baked mine in my toaster oven (easier to control the temp than my regular oven & doesn’t make my apartment as hot, ha!), and they were done in 15 minutes. Just heavenly. I can’t wait to make them again!

ananya
ananya
1 year ago

Hi Gemma
This looks so delicious can’t wait to try it!
I don’t eat eggs , so will 2 flax eggs work here

Priyanka modwel
Priyanka modwel
1 year ago

Loved it ❤️❤️ Can I make these as one in a cake tin?? Will it work? If yes what will the time ??

Arshiyakhan
Arshiyakhan
1 year ago

This recipe deserves off the charts rating. Been following Bigger bolder baking for years now on you tube, and i have to say this is THE BEST recipe for chocolava cake out there. Just dividing the proportions to exactly half made it a single serving. First time trying chocolava and it turned out divine !!

Daphne
Daphne
1 year ago

You two are so cute together. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Thank you Gemma.

clare
clare
9 months ago

I have tried making chocolate lava cakes before from the recipe on the Ghirardelli package. That recipe wanted us to make a ball of chocolate we put inside. I followed the directions exactly and it was not “lava”. However, Gemma’s recipe was PERFECT! I am so excited to make this for when my parents come visit! Thanks Gemma, you are my go-to for desserts (I have also made your other desserts and they’ve all been fantastic)! Question: the recipe came out perfect when I baked directly after making. If the ingredients are cool from being stored in the fridge a… Read more »

Audrey
Audrey
9 months ago

I’ve been looking at this recipe for the longest time and I’ve finally made it. That has to be THE best dessert ever!!

Alisa
Alisa
1 year ago

10/10 amazing recipe really easy and tasty

Avantika
Avantika
1 year ago

Hi Gemma! I followed your exact recipe and made this, however my cake did not have any lava. It was fully cooked. I baked my cake at 200C for 20 mins (as stated in the recipe). Do you think I should bake it at 200C for 15 mins or at a different temperature? For all your other recipes, your stated oven temperatures always work for my oven, so I was surprised why this time it didn’t work.

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