Molten Lava Cakes with Salted Caramel Surprise

Molten Lava Cake with Salted Caramel

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 18 minutes


  • 150g 70% dark chocolate
  • 30g butter (regular salted)
  • 70g sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • half tsp vanilla paste/extract
  • 25g plain flour
  • 4 tbsp salted caramel straight from the fridge, click for recipe

To serve

  • some clotted cream or any regular cream (optional)
  • some fruit – strawberries, raspberries


  1. Line and grease four dariole moulds or ramekins.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200˚C/400˚F.
  3. Break the chocolate up into little pieces in a large microwaveable bowl and place in the microwave oven at 80% power in bursts of 30-60 seconds until melted. My microwave oven has a power of 1000w and I melt dark chocolate at 80% power and white chocolate at 50% with absolutely no problems. Stir and leave to cool slightly while you get everything else together.
  4. Cream the butter and sugar until pale, you won’t have a fluid mix, it’ll be pretty dry at this stage.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time, beating for 30 seconds between each.
  6. Add the vanilla and stir with a wooden spoon.
  7. Fold in the flour with the wooden spoon until just combined.
  8. Add this egg/butter mix to the melted chocolate and fold everything together. As the chocolate reacts to the liquid mix, it will thicken up considerably.
  9. Half fill the moulds with the batter.
  10. Take a tablespoon of your salted caramel and form into a flat-ish disc and place on top of the batter in the moulds.
  11. Top with the rest of the batter and bake for 8 minutes for just a touch of crust on the outside.
  12. Serve immediately.


Can be made earlier in the day and kept in the fridge until ready to be baked. Then add 4 minutes to your baking time.


  • Serving Size: 4