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Giant Chocolate Lava Cake

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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.

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Giant Chocolate Lava Cake

4.56 from 101 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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Skye
Skye
11 months ago

I have a bowl larger than the 2ltr specified so I was thinking of just making the recipe 1 1/2 times and adjust cooking times accordingly. Any tips or if this will work out ok?

Laura
Laura
10 months ago

Hi Gemma
I notice in your giant lava cake video you use more than 8 eggs in your recipe as I counted.
Am I supposed to use more eggs.
Thanks laura

Cheryl
Cheryl
1 year ago

Do I need to worry about salmonella with egg in the not fully cooked lava? I doubt there will be leftovers but, can three be refrigerated?

Sammy
Sammy
3 days ago

Hey Gemma, I´m about to make this dessert for my brothers birthday and am a bit nervous about the different cooking times. If you had any further suggestions I would be ecstatic to hear them!!!

Haley-Jo
Haley-Jo
2 months ago

Could this be done with gluten free flour, such as almond flour?

Rebecca sullivan
Rebecca sullivan
2 months ago

No flavor. Doesnt say how to tell when done. I baked for 45 mins and it was overcooked.

Aisha
2 months ago

Hi! Gemma. My son requested for a chocolate lava cake for his birthday. I finally decided on trying out your recipe. I didn’t have dark chocolate so l used Hershey ‘s semi sweet chocolate chips which had 42% cocoa. I buttered and dusted my bowl with Hersheys cocoa powder. The cake baked in exactly 40 minutes. I left it in the oven for 10 minutes and then l took it out of the bowl. It was a big success. Loved by all of us, especially my son. Thanks. Lots of love, Aisha from Sharjah UAE.

Josephine
Josephine
2 months ago

Hi Gemma, quick question about the chocolate – you mention to use 72% dark chocolate. Do I have to look for baking chocolate specifically or can/should it have sugar? Or should it be unsweetened or bittersweet? Thanks!

Lourdes
Lourdes
3 months ago

Hi Gemma – this recipe looks great! I wanted to make this but with a molten salted caramel centre. Is it possible to add some caramel in the middle of the batter?

Gary simmons
Gary simmons
4 months ago

Hello Gemma

I am making this giant lava cake however my household hates dark chocolate and are asking me for milk chocolate.

Can it be done and if so what high quality milk chocolate should i use?

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