Chef John's Chocolate Lava Cake

Legend has it that this dessert was the result of a major catering disaster. The dessert for this particular event was to be individual chocolate cakes, but someone took them out of the ovens too soon and the centers were not cooked enough and still liquefied. Well, there was no time to take them off the plates and bake them more, so the chef simply had his wait staff introduce the dessert as Chocolate 'Lava' Cake! Brilliant!

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 4 Servings
  • Prep
    5 mins
  • Cook
    25 mins
  • Serve in
    30 mins


  •   butter as needed
  •   2 egg yolks
  •   2 eggs
  •   3 tablespoons white sugar
  •   3 1/2 ounces chopped dark chocolate
  •   5 tablespoons butter
  •   4 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  •   3 tablespoons flour
  •   1 pinch salt
  •   1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract


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