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Chocolate Lava Cake

October 01

Anyone who has failed to make a molten chocolate pudding with a lava-like interior should take solace in this fool-proof variation. Just like the original, this recipe relies on good quality dark chocolate and only the smallest amount of flour to get that irresistible oozing interior and slightly cakey surround. If you choose to make this as a dessert for friends and family, it’s worth noting that you can prepare the batter in advance to bake in the oven just before you’re ready to serve.


  • serves Serves 4
  • time 30 mins


  1. 1. Preheat the oven 180°C/350F/Gas mark 4. Grease a baking dish with a little butter.
  2. 2. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Remove from the heat and gently stir through half the chopped chocolate until melted.
  3. 3. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar until they become pale and thick. Pour in the chocolate mixture, then sift in the flour. Add in the remaining chocolate and using a spatula, fold the mixture together until it is evenly combined.
  4. 4. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. When cooked, the pudding should be slightly firm around the sides but the centre should still be wobbly.
  5. 5. Serve immediately with vanilla ice cream or just as it is.

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3/4 cup butter, plus extra for greasing

7 oz dark chocolate, chopped

3 large free-range eggs

2/3 cups caster sugar

1/4 plain flour

Vanilla ice cream, to serve

175g butter, plus extra for greasing

200g dark chocolate, chopped

3 large free-range eggs

125g caster sugar

30g plain flour

Vanilla ice cream, to serve

You'll Need

Baking dish


Medium-sized mixing bowl