Mini Chocolate Lava Cakes

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According to, legend has it that chocolate lava cake was the result of a major culinary disaster. If that’s the case, I’m so happy someone goofed in the kitchen! And that it wasn’t me for once! I’ve had some epic disasters of my own recently–none creating something better than what was originally intended. I even ruined a simple box of Hamburger Helper! The horror!

I can assure you that this recipe for Mini Chocolate Lava Cakes is one that never fails. It’s my go-to when we are craving something sweet on a busy day. It’s also a crowd pleaser when several batches are made and served as dessert. Or the main event! There are a million recipes out there for chocolate lava cakes. This one is a little different because they are made mini-sized in a cupcake pan. They’re also a little less “wet” (runny?) than those traditionally made in individual ramekins or custard cups. But they’re every bit as delicious.

Mini Chocolate Lava Cakes

Serves 12
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Meal type



  • 8 Tablespoons unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 2/3 Cups granulated sugar
  • 6 Large eggs
  • 2/3 Cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 16 Ounces bittersweet chocolate


Step 1
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Generously butter 12 cups of a standard muffin tin. Dust with granulated sugar, and tap out excess. Set aside.
Step 2
Cream the butter and granulated sugar until fluffy with an electric mixer.
Step 3
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Step 4
Beat in flour and salt until just combined with the mixer on low speed.
Step 5
Beat in chocolate until just combined.
Step 6
Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups.
Step 7
Place muffin tin on a baking sheet. Bake until the tops of the cakes no longer jiggle when the pan is lightly shaken, approximately 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand 10 minutes.
Step 8
To serve, turn out cakes, and place on serving plates, bottom sides up. If desired, dust with confectioners’ sugar or serve with whipped cream.

Posted on by Crystal in Gram's Recipe Tin

3 Responses to Mini Chocolate Lava Cakes

  1. Janine Huldie

    These look amazing and with you if Chocolate Lava cake was a culinary mistake, then happy for that mistake beyond belief!! 🙂
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  2. Seana Turner

    Oh yes, I love these. Gonna pin this for a failsafe recipe. I like the muffin tin because that keeps me from eating more than a reasonable portion. Or is there such a thing as a reasonable portion with chocolate lava cake?
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  3. Jenny

    These look like chocolate perfection. Chocolate lava cakes are my husband’s favorite. These will be on our menu soon.
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