Chocolate Lava Cake in Instant Pot or Oven

August 22, 2017 (Updated: April 18, 2019) By Aneesha |

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Chocolate Lava Cake is what happens when chocolate cake meets chocolate soufflé! Also, know as Molten Lave Cake, this popular dessert gets it’s name from the warm liquidy- velvety chocolate center, inside a moist and decadent cake. I won’t be surprised if this happens to be the world’s No.1 date-night dessert, it is mine!

In my home, it’s best served warm with some vanilla ice-cream!   My kids’s latest favorite is to have with Salted Caramel Ice Cream!   And the best part of this easy chocolate lava cake recipe is that it takes very little time to make.

Individual Size Lava Cakes

Since this is a decadent dessert, I like to make individual portions using these Silicone Cupcake Liners.  These liners serve three great purposes in my home:

First, the silicone molds don’t get hot to the touch after baking, so handling is super easy, my kids bake with these often.

Second, taking the lava cakes out of these molds is a breeze. Simply, invert them on to your serving dish, and they slip out nice and easy.

Third, it does portion control for me. I take one, finish it and feel satisfied that I had a full dessert. This single serving cake looks tiny, but it is enough to satisfy my sweet tooth.  After having one, I don’t feel like going for seconds, like I would be tempted to, if it were a cake:-)

Different Size Ramekins & Cook Times

The quantity of batter in this recipe will fit:

These cook times are based on what works for my family. If you like a more cooked center, you can add another minute or two to get that consistency.

How to Prepare the Ramekins for Baking

If using ramekins for cooking the lava cakes, grease the inside with butter.  Then, sprinkle about 1 teaspoon sugar, or, flour, and rotate and turn the ramekin till all sides get coated evenly. Discard the remaining sugar or flour.

15-minute Chocolate Lava Cake by Spice Cravings. Also know as Molten Lave Cake, this popular dessert gets it's name from the warm gooey chocolate center, inside a moist and decadent cake. In this recipe, I have made this cake in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot! #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie #dessert #chocolate #instantpot #dessertrecipes

I made this cake in my 6 qt Instant Pot DUO and it was really moist and delicious. But you can easily make this decadent dessert in the oven as well.

Oven Recipe for Chocolate Lava Cake

Pre-heat oven to 425°F. Follow step 1 and 2.  Place the cakes on a cookie sheet and bake for 11-13 minutes, depending on how gooey you want the center to be.  And viola, your chocolate lava cake is ready!

Flavor Variation: Salted Caramel Molten Lava Cakes

If you haven’t tried out Salted Caramel Molten Lava Cakes yet, you’re missing something! Try them, you might fall in love with them!

Salted Caramel Molten Lava Cakes by Spice Cravings, are the ultimate indulgence in my home. Rich dark chocolate, blended with salted caramel, topped with salted caramel ice-cream, it is a match made in dessert-heaven. This recipe uses pressure cooking in an instant pot to bake the cakes. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

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Chocolate Lava Cake served with whipped cream and caramel sauce

Chocolate Lava Cake in Instant Pot or Oven

Chocolate Lava Cake, also known as Molten Lave Cake: this popular dessert gets its name from the warm liquidy, velvety chocolate center, inside a moist and decadent cake.  Using this simple recipe, bake your gooey lava cakes in an Instant Pot, or oven.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Resting Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 cupcakes
Calories: 375kcal
Author: Spice Cravings


Serving Suggestions

  • Vanilla Ice-cream or Salted Caramel Ice-Cream, or,
  • Powdered sugar for dusting on top


  • Melt butter and chocolate chips in the microwave, about 30 seconds to a minute. Using a whisk, mix well.  Sift in confectioners sugar and mix again. Add egg, vanilla and salt and mix well.  Sift in flour and whisk till everything is incorporated.
  • Grease silicone cupcake molds or ramekins and pour the batter, leaving 1/4 inch space from the top.
  • Put 1 cup water and place trivet in the Inner pot of the Instant Pot. Place cakes on trivet. Close lid.  Set vent to SEALING.
  • Cook on MANUAL (hi-pressure) for 7 minutes. If you like a less gooey center, increase time to 8-9 minutes.
  • QR-quickly release the pressure and remove the cakes. Cool for 2 minutes. Invert the cakes into the serving plate and dust with confectioners sugar (optional).  Serve warm as-is, or with a scoop of vanilla or your favorite ice-cream. Enjoy!

Oven Recipe

  • Pre-heat oven to 425°F. Follow step 1 and 2. Place the cakes in the silicon cupcake molds on a cookie sheet and bake for 11-13 minutes, depending on how gooey you want the center to be. And viola, your 15-minute chocolate lava cake is ready!



If you are new to the Instant Pot, please read my FAQ on Instant Pot Terminology and Accessories to learn more.   
Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.


Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 175mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 490IU | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2.4mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Desserts, Instant Pot Lava Cake, Lava Cake Recipe
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Aneesha holding a glass of white wine Hi, I'm Aneesha, a foodie by birth and the mind, body and soul behind Spice Cravings. Here I share quick, easy & healthy Indian & global recipes that are low in effort and big on taste! A recipe doesn't make it on the blog unless it is tested multiple times and gets a thumbs-up from my taster-in-chief, my husband, and my teen-chefs, my twin girls!

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