January 25th, 2015

Hot Fudge Lava Cake

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Sometimes, the simplest recipes are the most amazing. Like this warm, gooey Hot Fudge Lava Cake. 


This cake is comfort food in chocolate dessert form, and when I make it, there are never any leftovers.

I almost always have the ingredients in my pantry, and it only takes about 10 minutes to mix up and get into the oven. Which is probably dangerous, considering how much I love it!

In fact, it’s a good idea to keep a carton of vanilla ice cream in the freezer so you can whip this cake up any time the mood strikes. 

Of course, in a chocolate emergency, I totally advocate eating it without the ice cream.

Hot Fudge Lava Cake

Preparation 10 mins Cook Time 25 mins Total Time 35 mins


  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder, divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Vanilla ice cream, for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8 or 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa powder. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, remaining 1/2 cup sugar, remaining 1/4 cup cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk milk, butter, egg yolk, and vanilla until smooth. Stir milk mixture into flour mixture (batter will be stiff) Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Spread batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle reserved cocoa and sugar mixture evenly over the top.
  6. Gently pour boiling water over batter. Do not stir.
  7. Carefully place in oven and bake until the top of the cake is cracked and the edges are firm, but the center is still gooey, about 23-25 minutes.
  8. Cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes. Serve warm topped with vanilla ice cream.
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Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe



  1. I often have chocolate emergencies- this looks like a lifesaver! 🙂

  2. Girl I have been having some serious cravings for chocolate lava cake lately, this recipe is so happening this week. Drooling just looking at it!

  3. Lava cakes can never do wrong in my eyes. I am SO craving one right now after seeing this post!


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