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red velvet molten lava cake on a small plate that has been cut into half to let the molten red center ooze out

Red Velvet Molten Lava Cakes For Two

  • Author: Zoha
  • Total Time: 20 min
  • Yield: 2 cakes


Delectable and chocolatey cakes with a molten interior that take only 20 minutes and 8 ingredients to make!


  • 1/4 cup butter (56g)
  • 100g semi sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-2 tbsp granulated sugar depending on your preference for sweetness
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1-2 tsp red gel food color
  • Butter to coat the ramekins


  • Pre-heat your oven to 450F (conventional) and prepare 2 6 oz ramekins by generously brushing butter inside them.
  • Add chocolate and butter to a heat-safe bowl, and microwave in 20 second increments until both have melted. Stir to combine.
  • In a separate bowl, add the egg, sugar, salt and vanilla. Use an electric hand mixer to whisk for 2-3 minutes until the mixture is light, frothy and almost triple in volume.
  • Pour the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and whisk until just combined.
  • Sift in the flour, and use a rubber spatula to gently fold until the flour is mixed in. Take care to be gentle and not to overmix.
  • Add the red food color and gently fold. You can adjust the quantity based on how strong you want the pay-off to be.
  • Divide the batter between the two ramekins. Bake for ~10-11 minutes until the edges are done but the center is still molten (you can tell by a wobble in the cakes).
  • Let the cakes cool inside the ramekins for 1-2 minutes, then carefully turn them out onto your dessert plates. Dust with powdered sugar, and serve!


  • You can use milk chocolate instead of semi-sweet, but you might want to reduce the sugar
  • I strongly recommend using gel food color to get the best pay-off. Liquid food color will not have the strength to turn a chocolate batter red
  • You can easily double or triple this recipe
  • These red velvet molten lava cakes can be refrigerated or frozen inside the ramekins before baking. You will need to increase baking time accordingly
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

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