Molten Lava Cakes for a Crowd


I love this recipe because it is so easy and the presentation is impressive. The molten lava cakes are baked in a muffin pan which makes them easy to prepare for several guests.



Molten Lava Cakes for a Crowd

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Serves: 12


  • Whipped cream
  • 1 cup heavy cream, cold
  • 2 ½ Tablespoons confectioner’s sugar
  • Cakes
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 stick plus 2 Tablespoons (5 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons brewed coffee
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder



Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly coat a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray. *Tip: For easy removal, skip the spray and use parchment baking cup liners by PaperChef (found in most grocery stores).


To make the whipped cream: Beat the cream using an electric mixer in a large cold bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in 2 Tbsp. of the confectioner’s sugar. Cover and refrigerate while you make the cakes.


To make the cakes:  Melt the chocolate chips and butter in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently. Once the chocolate and butter are melted, stir in the coffee until smooth.


In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and confectioner’s sugar. Stir in the chocolate mixture. Add the whole eggs and egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla.


Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups. Bake until the cakes are slightly jiggly in the center, about 7 minutes. Allow the cakes to sit for 2 to 3 minutes. Run a butter knife around the edges of each cake (or carefully remove baking liner) and transfer the hot cakes to dessert plates. (If using baking liners, discard). Top with a dollop of whipped cream and dust with cocoa powder. Enjoy immediately!


Tip: To unmold, allow cakes to cool slightly so the outer edges can set up. You can also use cupcake liners Recipe found in Modern Hospitality cookbook.

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