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Giant Chocolate Lava Cake

4.57 from 39 votes
Make my Giant Chocolate Lava Cake perfectly every time for the most impressive chocolate dessert you can imagine!
Giant Chocolate Molten Lava Cake - When it comes to dessert, size DOES matter!

Hi Bold Bakers!

When I think of seriously decadent chocolate desserts I think of a Chocolate Lava Cake! The trouble with lava cake is that you just get one little one! Well why can’t you make a Big and Bold Lava cake enough to share with an hungry army?

Let’s face it when it comes to dessert, size does matter. That’s why we are going Big with this Giant Chocolate Lava Cake. This cake is an oldie but a goodie as I have used this recipe for more than 10 years.  I worked in a 5 star resort in Wexford, Ireland as a pastry chef and I was smart enough to take this recipe with me when I left. Hands down it was the most popular dessert on the menu. Now all these years later and I’m still using it so that is a true testament to it.

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I love serving this Chocolate Lava Cake because the batter can be made up to 4 days in advance and kept in the fridge. Then, when you have a dinner party or friends over all you have to do is bake and serve.

When making this Lava Cake, do me a favor and please, please, please use good quality 72% chocolate. It will make the world of difference.

So what’s the secret to the perfect Lava center? It’s knowing how to tell it’s perfectly baked by just looking at it. With a Chocolate Lava Cake you don’t stick a knife in the middle like other cakes, you have to look for the telltale signs of doneness.

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Depending on how much ‘Lava’ you like there are minutes in the difference so don’t stray far away while baking. I suggest checking the oven after 40 minutes. Just a note: Take care not to over bake as it will dry out all that gooey Lava you are going for.

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You know those times when you eat dessert and you rate how good it is by how hard you’re finding it to breath? That’s this Lava Cake .

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Bigger is better when it comes to our desserts and the proof is in these photos and my new video. For a quick, single-serving Lava Cake Dessert check out my Microwave Molten Lava Cake.

Watch The Recipe Video!

Giant Chocolate Lava Cake

4.57 from 39 votes
Make my Giant Chocolate Lava Cake perfectly every time for the most impressive chocolate dessert you can imagine!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 10 servings
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Make my Giant Chocolate Lava Cake perfectly every time for the most impressive chocolate dessert you can imagine!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup (8 1/2oz/240g) Dark Chocolate (72% cocoa solids)
  • ¾ cup (6oz/170g) butter
  • ½ cup (4 oz/115g) sugar
  • 4 eggs (at room temperature)
  • 4 yolks
  • ½ cup (2 ½ oz/75g) all purpose flour, sifted

Instructions

  • First step, melt the butter and chocolate together over a ban marie or in the microwave gently
  • In a stand mixer (or hand beater) beat the eggs and sugar on high until really thick and pale in color. This takes around 4 minutes.
  • When the eggs are thick and they hold ribbons, turn the machine on slow and drizzle in the cooled chocolate mix. Turn off the machine and run a spatula around the bowl to make sure all the chocolate is mixed in
  • Sift the flour over the chocolate mix and gently fold in until dispersed. Take care not to over mix the flour. It will toughen your cake.
  • Butter a large pudding bowl or any oven safe deep bowl (around 2 litres). Pour the Lava cake mix into the pudding bowl. If not baking off straight away, store in the fridge for up to 4 days. It will be happy in there.
  • Here's the tricky part: Set a timer and bake the Lava cake on a baking tray at 350oF (180oC) for roughly 50-60 minutes. Watch carefully because if you overcook it it can dry out and you loose that gooey Lava center. Depending on how much 'Lava' you like there are minutes in the difference so check after 40 minutes. Mine took 55 exactly
  • Once baked you can let it sit for 5-10 minutes to set and then serve straight away with my No Machine Ice Cream!

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Carol
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Carol
12 days ago

Gemma, if I wanted to make this in individual ramekins, how long would I bake them?

Balqis
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Balqis
1 month ago

I made this today for my siblings and they all loved it. We couldn’t finish it even though we’re 10. Maybe we were already full because we ate it after dinner 😂
But really this cake is heaven for everyone who love chocolate 😍
Thanks Gemma ❤

tata
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tata
2 months ago

? video show u doing cake with about 12 eggs but ur recipes only show 4 eggs & yolks ……

Melanie Dudley
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Melanie Dudley
3 months ago

Can anyone tell me if I have refrigerated the mixture overnight do I need to get it to room temperature before baking or can it go straight in over cold ?

Becky
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Becky
4 months ago

Hi Gemma, made this cake for birthday of daug in ter, worked out Great! Very popular.

Patrick
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Patrick
5 months ago

Could I replace AP flour with almond or macadamia flour,if so what would be the ratio?many thanks

Fernando Ruh
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Fernando Ruh
6 months ago

Hello Gemma, I wanted to ask you if I can make this recipe in Red Velvet version? That is, just add red coloring to the recipe?
By the way this recipe looks amazing! Thank you very much

Tanya
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Tanya
7 months ago

Hello,
How long should I bake this cake if I double the recipe?
Thank you!

Mary J Wiley
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Mary J Wiley
8 months ago

Question- I dont get where the 4 egg yolks go… I’ve read and reread it, but see nothing. Help?

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Angelo Musci
9 months ago

Hi Gemma,

Since I’m thinking about to only do 2 servings of those, can I pour the mixture in 2 mugs and let them bake in the oven? And for how much time?

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