Classic Chocolate Lava Cake – Recipe

So I've done a few fancy lava cakes on this blog, from matcha to flaming. But sometime's simple is best, so here's my classic, basic recipe for chocolate lava cake.

And now, you can also watch how I do it on my YouTube channel, Tashcakes Cooks!

Ready? Let's go.


40g milk chocolate
40g dark chocolate
40g unsalted butter
25g caster sugar
1 egg
30g plain flour
Pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla
Additional butter (for greasing the moulds)
Edible gold lustre dust for dusting (optional)
Strawberries and clotted cream (for serving)


1. Generously butter two small pudding moulds, and line the bottoms with discs of baking parchment.

2. Place a heatproof bowl on top of a pan of simmering water, making sure the bottom doesn't touch the water. Melt the chocolate, butter and sugar together in the bowl, stirring until well-combined.

3. Take off the heat, leave to cool for two minutes and stir in the egg, flour, salt and vanilla.

4. Divide between the two moulds and pop in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill (this helps keep the centres from overcooking as easily), and preheat the oven to 220°C.

5. Bake the cakes for 8-10 minutes (oven temperatures vary, so you want to be careful yours doesn't overcook – mine runs a little hot so cooks faster). Remove from the oven and leave to cool for two minutes, or until you can handle the tins enough to turn the cakes out.

6. Turn the cakes out onto plates, and peel off the parchment. Serve with strawberries and clotted cream, and a puff of edible gold dust.

Enjoy, and have fun.


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