Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes are one of the most delicious desserts for anyone who loves chocolate. It’s cooked just the right amount of time so the outside of the cake sets and the middle is a gooey chocolate “lava” center. This is usually on the dessert menu at fine dining restaurants, but it’s very easy to make at home. I’ve included instructions for the Instant Pot pressure cooker and the Instant Omni Plus Toaster Oven.
The main flavor component of this dessert comes from the cocoa powder, so use your favorite high quality cocoa powder. My current favorite is Guittard Cocoa Rouge (purchase here), it’s a red dutch-process cocoa powder. It’s wonderful for dusting and the chocolate flavor is intense – it’s amazing.
Molten Lava Cakes made in the Instant Pot have a fudgey, soft texture on the outside and gooey center.
Molten Lava Cakes made in the Instant Omni Plus Oven have a brownie texture on the outside, gooey center and higher rise – there’s a greater contrast of texture. This version is what you’d get at a restaurant.
Closeup of texture difference