Lemon Lava Cake Recipe - w/ White Chocolate (2024)

by Jennifer Debth


4.93 from 63 votes

An ultra tender cake with slightly crisp edges and a perfectly white chocolate lemon-y molten lava gooey center, this Lemon Lava Cake issurprisinglysimple to make and is in other words:heaven. 😉

O.M.G. Omg. Omg. Omg. If you’re ever going to make a recipe from this here food blog, it should most definitely be this Lemon Lava Cake Recipe. . .

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Or these Thai Peanut Noodles or Healthy Egg Muffin Cups or. . .

Ok. There are a lot of recipes that I think you should make, but I’m seriously, seriously, SERIOUSLY loving this Lemon Lava Cake right now.

Watch the video below and you’ll see why.

It’s ooey. It’s gooey. It’s decadent without being too heavy. It’s lemony, chocolatey, sweet, melty perfection and I can’t stop drooling about it.

And guesswhat else? It’s actually easy to make! 😱😍

Lemon Lava Cake Recipe - w/ White Chocolate (2)

Lemon Lava Cake Recipe - w/ White Chocolate (3)I’ve been wanting to make a lava cake since like Valentine’s Day, but as you can see, life got in the way, and I’m just getting around to make one the very last day of June. 😉

Originally, I wanted to make a milk chocolate one, but helloooo it’s summer, and summer = all the lemon things. And lemonis meant to be paired with sweet, creamy white chocolate, so here you go: a White Chocolate Lemon Lava Cake.

I also was going to make these in individual ramekins, but really

  1. Who actually has ramekins?
  2. Who actually has the same size ramekins as everyone else?! So. Many. Ramekin. Choices.

Lemon Lava Cake Recipe - w/ White Chocolate (4)So to solve the problem of going out and buying ramekins, or trying to figure out how many ounces your ramekins are, I decided to make this Lemon Lava Cake in a jumbo muffin pan(the cavities each hold about 6 oz of water)!

Before I actually made homemade lava cake, I assumed, because it looked so fancy and decadent, that it would be really hard to make.

Boy oh boy was I wrong. It’s actually surprisingly simple to make!

Here’s what you’re gonna do:

Melt white chocolate and butter together until smooth and creamy.

Whisk in powdered sugar, whole eggs, egg yolks, vanilla, lemon juice, and lemon zest.

Lemon Lava Cake Recipe - w/ White Chocolate (5)Once that’s smooth, you’ll gently stir in flour and salt.Don’t overmix… that’s the only “rule” in this recipe. 🙂

Then you’ll pour the batter into your prepared (buttered) muffin tin and bake ’em for about 15 minutes.

THAT’S IT! Seriously. How easy was that?!

Now. Here’s the hardest part. Once the Lemon Lava Cake has baked and cooled for a few minutes, you need to run a knife along the outside of the cakes and then flip them overby placing a cookie sheet on top of the muffin tin and flipping it 180 degrees. Before you bake these, you’ll ultra butter the tin, so they should come out pretty darn easy.

Then you’ll top them with a little powdered sugar, because, um, why not, and then top them with fruit and maybe a little whipped cream… or better yet…ICE CREAM. OMG.

The result is an ultra buttery, tender perfectly lemon cake with slightly crisp edges, and the most decadent, ooey, gooey, melty white chocolate-y center.

Lemon Lava Cake Recipe - w/ White Chocolate (6)I never say this, but you guys, this Lemon Lava Cake Recipe is TO DIE FOR. 😉

– Jennifer

What lava cake flavor should I make next?! I’m obsessed. Show Me the Yummy!

4.93 from 63 votes

An ultra tender cake with slightly crisp edges and a perfectly white chocolate lemon-y molten lava gooey center, this Lemon Lava Cake is surprisingly easy and so decadent!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 6 cakes

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  • 8 ounces white chocolate
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and butter the cavities of a 6 cavity jumbo muffin tin.*

  • In a large microwave safe bowl, melt white chocolate and butter together. It should only take 60 seconds in the microwave.

  • Once melted, whisk in sugar, eggs, yolks, vanilla, lemon, and lemon zest until the ingredients are fully combined.

  • Using a spatula, gently stir in flour and salt. Don't overmix.

  • Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tin.

  • Bake for 15-17 minutes (mine were perfect at 15).

  • Let cool in pan for 5 minutes.

  • Run a knife along the sides of the cakes.

  • Place a baking sheet on top of the muffin pan and flip them. The cakes should pop out.

  • Top with more powdered sugar, whipped cream, fruit, ice cream, etc and serve immediately!

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Room Temp:1-2 Days

Refrigerator:2-3 Days

Freezer:3-4 Months

Reheat:Microwave to reheat

*Storage times may vary based on temperature and conditions


*I found that using butter instead of cooking spray helped prevent sticking, but you need to reeeeally butter the cavities to keep the cakes from sticking.

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Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Lemon Lava Cake Recipe

Amount Per Serving (1 cake)

Calories 565 Calories from Fat 297

% Daily Value*

Fat 33g51%

Saturated Fat 18g113%

Trans Fat 1g

Polyunsaturated Fat 1g

Monounsaturated Fat 4g

Cholesterol 247mg82%

Sodium 179mg8%

Potassium 172mg5%

Carbohydrates 61g20%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 52g58%

Protein 8g16%

Vitamin A 285IU6%

Vitamin C 2.1mg3%

Calcium 102mg10%

Iron 1.3mg7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

*Note: Nutrition information is estimated and varies based on products used.

Keywords: easy, lemon, sweet

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Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Author: Jennifer Debth

Lemon Lava Cake Recipe - w/ White Chocolate (2024)


What is the difference between molten lava cake and lava cake? ›

Lava cakes are typically small individual-sized cakes baked in a ramekin. In summary, molten cake is a broader term that can refer to cakes with a liquid center, whereas lava cake is a specific type of chocolate cake with a melted center.

Is lava cake just undercooked cake? ›

In the 2014 movie "Chef," chef Carl Caper, portrayed by Jon Favreau, argues that chocolate lava cake isn't just "undercooked chocolate cake." The "molten" aspect of the dessert comes from a disc of frozen chocolate ganache that melts in the center of the treat as the cake bakes around it. He's not wrong.

Why is my lava cake dry? ›

Don't pack the flour: Whenever you measure flour, don't scoop it into the flour bag/container or else the flour will compress; packed flour yields denser, drier Molten Lava Cakes. Rather, fluff, then scoop the flour into a measuring cup with a spoon and then level.

Does chocolate lava cake need to be refrigerated? ›

Absolutely! After making the Chocolate Lava Cake batter and filling the ramekins, cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.

What is a fancy name for lava cake? ›

Molten chocolate cake is a French dessert that consists of a chocolate cake with a liquid chocolate core. It is named for that molten center, and it is also known as mi-cuit au chocolat, chocolat coulant ("flowing"), chocolate lava cake, or simply lava cake.

What can I use instead of ramekins for lava cake? ›

I have also made the lava cakes in a standard muffin tin (only filling 10 of the cups, not all 12). The baking time is a few minutes less if using a muffin tin, and it is harder to turn them out and have them look pretty, but it definitely works in a pinch!

Why did my lava cake sink in the middle? ›

Too much air and your cake will collapse because it simply can't hold onto all that air. Overbeating can add too much additional air and/or large air bubbles which the cake can't support, causing it to collapse in the oven.

Should leftover lava cake be refrigerated? ›

Storage and Make-Ahead Tips

The lava cakes can be assembled in the ramekins, wrapped up tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerated for up to 2 days. To bake, just uncover and bake directly from the refrigerator. Any leftover cakes can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Is a lava cake raw in the middle? ›

This is a tricky one. The technical answer is no, molten lava cake is not raw in the middle.

How do I make my cake more moist? ›

From ingredient swaps to unique methods, explore these ways to help make your cakes moist.
  7. USE CAKE FLOUR. ...

Is the inside of lava cake raw? ›

Is it safe to eat lava cake? Yes! It may seem concerning to eat a cake that isn't cooked all the way through, but it's not the same as eating raw batter. The temperature while baking cooks the eggs enough to make the molten center perfectly safe to eat.

Can you eat lava cake cold? ›

The contrast of hot and cold is wonderful. You can also serve them with a dollop of softly whipped cream or clotted cream. Leftovers can be refrigerated and enjoy this cake cold, at room temperature, or reheated in the microwave.

How are lava cakes safe to eat? ›

Lava cakes typically include eggs so a common question, given that the center is molten, is if Lava Cakes are safe to eat. These Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cakes are baked at 425 degrees so the batter is able to reach 165 degrees in the center, rendering them safe to eat.

Can I reheat lava cake? ›

Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350°F. Place your lava cake on a tin foil lining on a baking sheet. Warm the cake for 7 to 10 minutes, depending on your oven. Remove the cake from the oven and serve it immediately.

What is molten lava cake made of? ›

Chocolate: Make sure to use good quality semisweet chocolate for the most delicious results. Butter: A stick of butter lends richness, moisture, and flavor. Eggs: Three eggs add more moisture and help bind the batter together. Sugar: This sweet dessert calls for ⅓ cup of white sugar.

What is the meaning of molten lava cake? ›

Meanings and definitions of "molten lava cake"

A chocolate cake containing hot chocolate sauce which flows out from the middle. noun.

What is molten cake made of? ›

The ingredient list is short — butter, chocolate, eggs, sugar and flour — and the video that accompanies this recipe shows exactly how the magic of the chocolate-oozing molten cake comes to be.

Is it melted or molten chocolate? ›

“Molten” is now usually used of hard materials liquified by very high heat, like lava, glass, and lead. Most other substances are “melted,” though some people like to refer to “molten cheese” and a popular dessert is called “molten chocolate cake,” perhaps to emphasize its gooey, lava-like character.

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