Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe - The Very Best

Baked in individual ramekins, this is the perfect end for
your perfect dinner party

We get these all prepped up the day of the party, covered with film, and then we bake them off when we’re ready.

Truth is, pro caterers seldom make cakes from scratch. But this recipe is worth the effort. Caterer’s Cake Secrets gives you lots of other, simpler ideas, especially for larger parties.

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Portions/Servings This recipe will feed 12 people.
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Ingredients for the Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe:

18 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate
1 pound of butter - no substitute
12 eggs
1.5 cups of fast dissolving sugar
1 cup of flour

12 individual ramekins - we use 3” diameter


Use a double boiler over boiling water and melt the chocolate and three sticks of butter.

In another bowl, whip the eggs and sugar together until the sugar is dissolved and the clear color of the eggs is gone.

Take the melted chocolate and butter, slowly add them to the bowl with the eggs while wisking like crazy, and then add the flour. Blend very well. Allow it to cool a bit.

Prepare the ramekins with some care. You need to use some of remaining butter and carefully coat the inside of each one. Take some time with this, avoiding a build-up of butter anywhere, and making sure the tops of the ramekins get some too.

Pour in the batter - a little less than 3/4 full. You can bake them immediately, or cover them with film and wait for a while. Do not refrigerate (which means you need to use them within 2 hours.) (See our section on Food Safety for more.)

Put the ramekins onto a cooking sheet covered with foil and carefully place into your preheated 350° oven. We go for 11-12 minutes, but it depends on how you like them.

Have individual plates ready for your guests. Carefully flip each ramekin upside down onto the plate, tap twice (say a little prayer, we always do...,) and out they pop.

We serve some fresh berry fruit, grapes, mint leaves and such. The last time we served airplane size chocolate liqueurs with these - what a hit!

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