Moelleux au Chocolat (Chocolate Lava Cake)

This Moelleux au Chocolat (Chocolate Lava Cake) is one of the best chocolate desserts I’ve made so far. It is smooth, delicate and delicious with its’ crusty top while inside is still runny, making it totally irresistible.

If you love chocolate you shouldn’t skip lava cakes, as they are absolutely out of this world. What I also love about lava cakes is that they are prepared as individual servings which makes them a great dessert idea for various occasions.

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Moelleux au Chocolat (Chocolate Lava Cake)

Moelleux au Chocolat (Chocolate Lava Cake)

5 from 1 vote
This Moelleux au Chocolat (Chocolate Lava Cake) is one of the best chocolate desserts, smooth, and delicate with its' crusty top while inside is still runny, making it totally irresistible.
Servings 6 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 3 eggs
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 6 oz (170g) semisweet chocolate
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 stick (110g) butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt


  • Butter six ramekins, or aluminum muffins molds and dust with flour. 
  • Melt chocolate and butter over a bain-marie until smooth. Meanwhile beat the eggs with sugar and salt using a whisk or mixer until thick and light yellow. Mix in vanilla extract and flour.  Gradually add the melted chocolate and stir well. Pour mixture into the prepared molds. 
  • Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F). Bake for 10 minutes until the edges are firm and the center is still soft. Remove and let cool slightly for few seconds. Run a sharp knife completely around the inside edge of the molds and invert onto plates. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top, and serve immediately. 



Serving: 1gCalories: 300kcalCarbohydrates: 24.8gProtein: 4.5gFat: 20.7gSaturated Fat: 12.7gCholesterol: 133mgSugar: 21.5g
Calories: 300kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: chocolate cake, chocolate dessert, chocolate lava cake, chocolate recipe, moelleux au chocolat, molten chocolate cake, Valentine's Day dessert, Valentines dessert

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  1. The Farmers Wife Author says:

    That looks incredible!! I love this recipe, so easy yet decadent! Yum!

  2. Sandra Author says:

    Gotta make, gotta have, gotta eat!

  3. Kate @ Diethood Author says:

    That’s got to be delicious!

  4. Erin Author says:

    Oh so yummy!! Love melty gooey chocolate!

  5. The Mom Chef Author says:

    I can understand why this is your favorite. Wow, it’s amazing. Gorgeous.

  6. Joy Author says:

    That looks so good.

  7. Nancy Hawks Miller Author says:

    I love the oozing chocolate! Cant’ wait to try it! Trivia: The French use the term “moelleux” to indicate that the wine is soft and sweet 🙂

  8. Anne Author says:

    Wow. This looks so sweet and rich. And warm, right out of the oven. I can taste it now! : )

  9. The Chocolate Priestess Author says:

    That seems simple enough to make and they turned out very stylist.

  10. cristina Author says:

    just tried it. great!!! actually this is what i am eating while writing this. how cool is that?!

  11. Streetwear Clothes Author says:

    That looks amazing and so simple to make!! Thanks for the recipe!

  12. it doesn’t just look amazing, it is amazing… this is the bomb… my family loves me a little bit more now that i can whip it up after a long day of life.

  13. Sophie Author says:

    Hi, can you use half dark chocolate and have milk chocolate or will it not turn out the same? Thank you

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      I think it will be just fine. Go ahead and try it out.. I am sure it will be wonderful

  14. Anne Marie De Cesare Paris Author says:

    Amazing,best Lava Cake recipe I have seen def going to try. Can you prepare the mixture roughly four hours prior to baking?
    Love your Blog and Channel

  15. Khadeeja Author says:

    Hello wanted to try this but I am scared about the oven temperature 200. My experience with that temperature has been bad lately. Whenever I preheat or bake for recipes that call for this temperature a burning smells comes from the oven or sometimes smokes erupts(not that much but still it scares the life out of us :'( Can we bake this at 180 If so the timings please..?? Love And Best

  16. Maxine Author says:

    What should the size of the ramekins be? Will they affect the time for baking?

  17. Maxine Author says:

    What percent of dark chocolate should we use?

  18. Vida Author says:

    Hi there,
    Can i make these hours in advance, or can i make them and cook them later?

    1. I reheated them in the microwave and they were great.

  19. Lina Author says:

    Very good recipe. 10 minutes was a bit too long, did not come put as gooey in the center. Perhaps 8 or 9 minutes would have been enough.

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