Chocolate Lava Cake served with whipped cream and caramel sauce
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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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Resting Time2 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Desserts, Instant Pot Lava Cake, Lava Cake Recipe
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