Chocolate Lava Cake

It’s time for this month’s Food n Flix!  Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla gave us a bit of free reign this month by choosing a broad theme of any movie filmed or set in Hawaii.  She had a virtual vacation all lined up for us!

I had a much more difficult time with this theme than I thought I would.  First, I looked up movies fitting the theme and made a short list.  I wanted to watch something I hadn’t seen before.  Then, nothing, read NOTHING was available on any of the 3 streaming serves I have access to.  AHHHHHH!!!!  And the library is still closed (but is opening for curbside pickup next month - woot woot!)

I know the movie 50 First Dates pretty well, so I almost just went from memory, but it didn’t feel like it was in the spirit of the challenge.

In the end, I picked the Disney Pixar short: Lava.

All of the Pixar shorts are fabulous, but Lava is my favorite.  

Anyway, the problem is, there is no food to speak of in Lava.

None.  Zilch.

It’s a love story about volcanoes.

And so we arrive at lava cake!

I attempted lava cake once before (8 years ago!!) and while delicious, I had over baked them, so there was no flowing lava when I cut in.

It was definitely time for a redo.  This time, I researched my recipes carefully.  Even so, I may have underfilled my ramekins.  However, by taking the cakes out when they still looked slightly gooey on top, I was rewarded with flowing lava cakes.

Hubs and the kids went absolutely nuts over these and I’m so happy I had an occasion to retry what is sure to become a household favorite!


Chocolate Lava Cake

Adapted slightly from Preppy Kitchen

½ cup (1 stick) butter

6 ounces dark (bittersweet) chocolate

2 eggs

2 egg yolks

¼ cup powdered sugar

Pinch of salt

2 tablespoons flour


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.  Lightly spray 6 ramekins with nonstick spray and coat with cocoa powder.

Place the butter and chocolate in a double boiler or microwave safe bowl.  Melt the butter and chocolate and whisk together.  Set aside.


Place the eggs, egg yolks, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.  Beat on medium-high until the mixture is thickened and pale.

Gently fold the chocolate mixture and flour into the egg mixture.

Divide the batter evenly into the prepared ramekins (approximately ¼ cup each).

Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 6-8 minutes.  The middles will still look slightly uncooked.

Cool for 1 minute of wire racks, then invert onto plates to serve.  If desired, dust with powdered sugar and garnish with sliced strawberries and ice cream.


  1. Oh my goodness, this looks crazy good! Thanks for sharing this recipe!!

  2. I just watched the trailer. I want to fine this short! Love the lava cake idea. It's hard for me not to over bake them, too.

  3. I'm SO glad you shared this recipe...and the short. I'll be looking it up soon. Thanks for joining in the fun.

  4. Oh yes! Great choice. This cake is calling my name, love chocolate. That's awful the library isn't open yet. Ours has curbside pickup so we can request items. Not the same as browsing inside though.

  5. I have never even heard of pixar shorts. Are they on you tube?

    1. They the short movies that are often released as an "opening act" of a Disney Pixar movie. Lava came out with the movie Inside Out. And yes, you can find it on Youtube :). It's also on Disney+

  6. I love the Pixar shorts, they're always heartwarming and/or funny (I've seen Lava!). Love the fun and unexpected choice for your inspiration. Plus...lava cake!


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