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Instant Pot Lava Cake Recipe

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Craving something warm, full of chocolate, and simple to make? This Instant Pot Chocolate Lava Cake is about to become your new dessert best friend. While it might “look” complicated, I can assure you that it’s not. In less than an hour, you’ll be enjoying bite after bite of this delicious Instant Pot Lava Cake recipe. Make certain to have a glass of milk handy or a delicious cup of coffee, too!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Decadent and Gooey: This recipe delivers a perfectly molten, chocolatey center every time.
  • Effortless Baking: The Instant Pot takes the guesswork out of baking this dessert.
  • Impress Guests: It’s a showstopper that’s sure to impress at any dinner party.
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Recipe Ingredients

Here are the ingredients for your Instant Pot Chocolate Lava Cakes:

  • Unsalted Butter: Is the foundation of our Instant Pot Chocolate Lava Cake, providing richness and moisture.
  • Eggs: Are the binding agents in our recipe, holding all the other ingredients together.
  • Egg Yolk: An extra yolk adds more fat to the batter, which results in a denser, richer, and creamier cake. It’s the secret behind that gooey center we all love!
  • Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips: Heart of any chocolate lava cake. They melt beautifully, providing a robust chocolate flavor and creating that irresistible molten center.
  • Vanilla Extract: Complements the chocolate perfectly, adding depth and warmth to the overall flavor profile of the cake.
  • Flour: Just the right amount ensures our lava cakes hold their shape while remaining delightfully tender.
  • Powdered Sugar: Besides sweetening the cake, powdered sugar also helps to create a lighter, more delicate crumb. Plus, a dusting on top gives our lava cakes a beautiful, snow-kissed appearance!

How To Make Instant Pot Lava Cake?

Here are the steps for making luxurious chocolate lava cake. It make this Instant Pot Lava Cake recipe easy to follow.

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Step One: Melt Chocolate Chips and Butter

In a large microwave-safe bowl, mix your chocolate chips and unsalted butter. Warm the ingredients on high in the microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring between each time until you have melted chocolate.

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Step Two: Add Sugar to Bowl

To the large bowl, add your powder sugar. Mix well until incorporated.

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Step Three: Whisk Eggs and Add

Next, whisk your eggs and egg yolk together. Add the egg mixture, (eggs and egg yolks) to the chocolate mixture.

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Step Four: Add Vanilla and Flour

Add the vanilla extract and flour to your lava cake mixture and mix well.

Step Five: Spray Ramekins

Spray each of your ramekins with cooking spray. Make sure that the inside is completely coated with the spray. 

Step Six: Add Chocolate Batter to Ramekins

Pour the molten chocolate lava cake mixture into ramekins. Pour until the ramekins are almost completely full.

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Step Seven: Prepare Lava Cakes for Pressure Cooking

Using a measuring cup add 1 cup of water to your Instant Pot. Place your trivet inside the instant pot. Set 4 chocolate batter-filled ramekins on the trivet. 

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Step Eight: Pressure Cook

Close your Instant Pot by twisting the lid and closing the valve. Set your Instant Pot to high pressure for 9 minutes. It should take about five minutes to come to pressure.

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Step Nine: Quick Release Pressure

When the timer is complete, do a quick release on the Instant Pot by opening the valve and pulling it towards you.

Be sure to open the valve with a hot pad or towel to protect your hands from the heat. 

Carefully remove ramekins from the Instant Pot with tongs or oven mitts. Transfer to a cooling rack.

Step Ten: Repeat the Process

Pour chocolate mixture into another four ramekins and repeat the cooking process to cook another batch of Instant Pot Lava cakes.

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Ensure the correct amount of water is in the inner pot.

This recipe makes 12 cakes in total.

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Eat and enjoy with a spoon.

Step Eleven: Garnish and Serve

You can eat these chocolate lava cakes straight out of the ramekin. Or you can place upside down on a plate and allow the cake to slide out from the dish.

Serve the lava cakes on their own or shower it with powdered sugar, caramel drizzle, whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream!

Serve immediately for the molten lava effect. Eat and enjoy your hot cake with a spoon. It’s chocolate therapy on a plate.

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Cooking Tips

  • Texture: The chocolate won’t officially get harder, but it will become thicker as it cools down. If you’re wanting that liquid chocolate center, you’ll want to eat it while it’s warm. But if you’re wanting more of a pudding texture, this is when you’ll want to let this chocolate lava cake Instant Pot recipe cool all the way.
  • Foil: You do not need to cover the Instant Pot Lava Cakes with aluminum foil when preparing them in a ramekin. However, if you prefer to cook your cakes in a bundt pan or springform pan, it is recommended that you cover these pans with aluminum foil before adding them to the Instant Pot.

Substitutions

Cocoa Powder: Yes, you can use cocoa powder instead of chocolate chips in this Instant Pot chocolate lava cake recipe.Replace the 1/2 cup of chocolate chips with 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder and reduce the amount of sugar to 1/4 cup. You may need to thin out the mixture a bit using water or milk if it is too dry.

Variations

You can make several variations of Instant Pot Lava Cake by changing up the ingredients. Some possible variations include:

  • Peanut Butter Lava Cake: Add 1/2 cup of smooth peanut butter to the bowl before mixing.
  • Salted Caramel and Chocolate Lava Cake: Add 1/2 cup or a little salted caramel sauce to the bowl before mixing.
  • Chocolate Nut Instant Pot Lava Cake: Adding chopped nuts to the chocolate lava cake batter.
  • Tuxedo Chocolate Lava Cakes: Try using different types of chocolate chips or bars, such as white chocolate, dark chocolate, or milk chocolate.
  • Instant Pot Chocolate Lava Cake With Peppermint: Trying adding different flavors of extract, such as peppermint for a refreshing minty twist.
  • Almond Instant Pot Chocolate Lava Cake: Swap out butter for almond butter to create a rich and nutty flavor.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Store: Instant Pot chocolate lava cakes do not need to be refrigerated, as long as they are eaten within a day or two of being made. If you are storing them for longer than this time frame, it’s best to refrigerate them in an airtight container. Just wait to sprinkle on any toppings, like powdered sugar or whipped cream, until you are ready to serve.​
  • Freeze: Yes, Instant Pot chocolate lava cakes can be frozen for up to 2-3 months. To freeze your cakes, allow them to cool completely and then wrap each individually in plastic wrap and store in a freezer-safe container or bag.
  • Reheat: To reheat Instant Pot chocolate lava cake in the microwave, simply place a single serving on a plate and heat on high for 10-20 seconds, or until the desired temperature is reached. To add extra flavor and moisture to your cake, you can also drizzle it with melted butter or a small amount of warm milk before heating.​ It’s one of those delicious recipes the family will love.

What To Serve With This Recipe?

  • Vanilla Ice Cream: The classic pairing – the warm, gooey chocolate lava cake contrasts perfectly with the cool creaminess of vanilla ice cream.
  • Fresh Berries: Serve with a side of fresh berries such as strawberries or raspberries to add a burst of fruity freshness that complements the richness of the chocolate.
  • Whipped Cream: A dollop of whipped cream adds a light and airy texture to balance the decadence of the chocolate lava cake.
  • Mint Garnish: A sprig of fresh mint can provide a refreshing contrast to the intense chocolate flavor, making each bite feel lighter.
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FAQ’S

What Is A Lava Cake?

A lava cake, also known as a molten chocolate cake or chocolate fondant, is a decadent dessert that gets its name from the flowing, “lava-like” liquid chocolate center it has when it’s cut open.

Difference Between Granulated and Powdered Sugar?

There are two main types of sugar used in baking and cooking: granulated sugar and powdered sugar.
Granulated sugar is made by processing crystallized sugar cane into large, chunky crystals that are commonly used in baked goods and other sweet treats.

Powdered sugar, also known as confectioner’s sugar or icing sugar, is made by grinding granulated sugar into a fine powder.

Powdered sugar is commonly used in desserts and frostings, or to add sweetness to drinks like smoothies and milkshakes.
Both types of sugar are generally interchangeable when it comes to baking and cooking, though powdered sugar will typically result in sweeter dishes.

Can You Use Ramekins In The Instant Pot?

You sure can! Ramekins are great to use in the Instant Pot because they’re small and simple to place inside. I use glass ramekins because of their size and I like how easily they tend to clean up afterward, too.

Did you know I was recently  featured as an expert in Porch’s Ask the Pros: Expert Advice for Baking at Home. How cool Is that!

If you’re looking to make Instant Pot Chocolate Lava Cake without using ramekins, you can also use a small bundt pan or silicone baking cups. You’ll love this simple chocolate lava cake recipe.

What Size Ramekins for Lava Cake?

The size of the ramekins you choose to use will depend on how many Instant Pot Chocolate Lava Cakes you want to make. Typically, one small ramekin is enough to serve one person. However, if you’re looking to feed a crowd, it may be best to use larger ramekins or even bundt pans.

Is Lava Cake Gluten Free?

Yes, Instant Pot lava cake is gluten-free, making it a suitable dessert option for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities.

To make sure your cake stays gluten-free, be sure to use all certified gluten-free ingredients in the recipe and check that your Instant Pot is free of any trace amounts of gluten before using it.

Why Make Instant Pot Desserts?

The Instant Pot is the perfect tool for making delicious, gooey chocolate lava cake. The Instant Pot makes it easy to get that perfectly moist and tender texture in your cakes, while also ensuring they cook up quickly and evenly.

Plus, Instant Pot desserts are always a hit with both kids and adults alike, so this recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. It’s a chocolate lovers dream!

Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy dessert to make on weeknights, or simply need something sweet and indulgent to satisfy your cravings, Instant Pot Chocolate Lava Cake is sure to deliver. And with its rich, chocolatey flavor and ooey-gooey center, you’ll be coming back to this Instant Pot dessert time and time again.

So what are you waiting for? Indulge your sweet tooth with Instant Pot Chocolate Lava Cake today!

Instant Pot Lava Cake In Ramekin Jars

Chocolate Instant Pot Lava Cake Recipe

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This Instant Pot Lava Cake Recipe is one of the easiest and quick to make desserts you can find here. Make sure to try this at your own home!

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks butter or 1/2 cup butter.
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 egg yolk
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbs Vanilla
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. How To Make Chocolate Lava Cake In The Instant Pot
  2. Here are the steps for making luxurious chocolate lava cake. It make this Instant Pot Lava Cake recipe easy to follow.
  3. In a large microwave-safe bowl, mix your chocolate chips and unsalted butter. Warm the ingredients on high in the microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring between each time until you have melted chocolate.
  4. To the large bowl, add your powder sugar. Mix well until incorporated
  5. Next, whisk your eggs and egg yolk together. Add the egg mixture, (eggs and egg yolks) to the chocolate mixture.
  6. Add the vanilla extract and flour to your lava cake mixture and mix well.
  7. Spray each of your ramekins with cooking spray. Make sure that the inside is completely coated with the spray. 
  8. Pour the molten chocolate lava cake mixture into ramekins. Pour until the ramekins are almost completely full.
  9. Using a measuring cup add 1 cup of water to your Instant Pot. Place your trivet inside the instant pot. Set 4 chocolate batter-filled ramekins on the trivet. 
  10. Close your Instant Pot by twisting the lid and closing the valve. Set your Instant Pot to high pressure for 9 minutes. It should take about five minutes to come to pressure.
  11. When the timer is complete, do a quick release on the Instant Pot by opening the valve and pulling it towards you.
  12. Be sure to open the valve with a hot pad or towel to protect your hands from the heat. 
  13. Carefully remove ramekins from the Instant Pot with tongs or oven mitts. Transfer to a cooling rack.
  14. Pour chocolate mixture into another four ramekins and repeat the cooking process to cook another batch of Instant Pot Lava cakes.
  15. Ensure the correct amount of water is in the inner pot.
  16. You can eat these chocolate lava cakes straight out of the ramekin. Or you can place upside down on a plate and allow the cake to slide out from the dish.
  17. Serve the lava cakes on their own or shower it with powdered sugar, caramel drizzle, whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream!
  18. Serve immediately for the molten lava effect. Eat and enjoy your hot cake with a spoon. It's chocolate therapy on a plate.

Notes

The chocolate won’t officially get harder, but it will become thicker as it cools down. If you’re wanting that liquid chocolate center, you’ll want to eat it while it’s warm. But if you’re wanting more of a pudding texture, this is when you’ll want to let this chocolate lava cake Instant Pot recipe cool all the way.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 493Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 185mgSodium: 223mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 2gSugar: 34gProtein: 6g

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  1. Absolutely my favorite dessert recipe, delicious, easy and quick. Would love to win the contest. Thank you

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