Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes – Baked In A Muffin Tin

Thursdays were meant for homemade molten chocolate lava cakes.



Decadently rich, these hot-fudge-filled lava cakes will absolutely obliterate even the most intense chocolate craving.

Soft chocolate cake surrounds luxuriously dark chocolate lava hidden inside – Just when you think it can’t get any darker, it surprises you.

I adapted this recipe from my 100 Calorie Chocolate Cake.

And while they were originally just going to be plain-jane chocolate cakes, who would ever choose a plain chocolate cake over one filled with chocolate lava?


chocolate lava cupcakes

The nutrition stats for these homemade lava cakes are unbelievable:

Under 200 calories for the entire thing, including the molten chocolate lava filling!

While an equal serving size of most chocolate lava cake recipes will clock in at around 400 calories with an appalling 45 grams of sugar or more, these decadent healthy chocolate lava cakes have less than half the fat and calories, with a third of the sugar or even an option to make them completely sugar-free.

I feel like they’d be the perfect dessert for a sleepover party.

Top them with vanilla ice cream – I like my Healthy Ice Cream Recipe—and round up your favorite film noir crime or detective dramas to fit with the classically dark and mysterious mood.


Step-By-Step Instructions:

lava cakes recipe


Step One:

Make up the chocolate cakes, and melt the chocolate filling in a separate bowl while you’re waiting for the lava cakes to bake.

It is completely okay if they sink in the middle – these aren’t cupcakes, and you’ll be removing the middles in the next step anyway.




Step Two:

Using a spoon or knife, cut out the center of each lava cake—making sure to not go too far down—and set the tops aside.

Divide the melted chocolate evenly among the cakes.


vegan chocolate lava cakes



Step Three:

Place the set-aside cake centers back on the cakes.

Top with frosting, or whipped cream, or a small scoop of ice cream to cover the seams.


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Steps four, five, and six: Devour!

The eating part is definitely a three-step process; consuming the molten chocolate lava filling is a step all to itself.


Soft chocolate cake surrounds luxuriously dark chocolate lava hidden inside these secretly healthy chocolate lava cakes



Chocolate Lava Cakes – In A Muffin Tin

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  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cup spelt, white, or gf all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unrefined sugar or xyiltol
  • 1/16 tsp uncut stevia, or 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, optional
  • 1 3/4 cup plain yogurt, such as coconutmilk yogurt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable or melted coconut oil (65g)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (160g)
  • 2 tsp vegetable or coconut oil

Total Time:

14-16 cakes


Preheat oven to 350 F. Line muffin tins with 14-16 liners. Combine the first 7 ingredients (and 1/2 cup chips, if desired) in a large bowl, and mix very well. In a separate bowl, combine all remaining ingredients except the 2 tsp oil and 1 cup chips. Pour wet into dry, stir until just evenly combined, and pour into the muffin tins. bake on the center rack 15-20 minutes or until cakes have risen and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cake comes out clean. Let cool. For the filling: very carefully melt the 1 cup chips, then stir in the 2 tsp oil for a thinner consistency. Use a spoon or knife to cut the center out of each lava cake, making sure to not go down too far. Set tops aside. Divide the filling among the cakes, then place tops back on. Top with ice cream, whipped cream, or frosting if desired to cover the seams. Enjoy!

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