Molten Lava Cake

by Eddy Van Damme on September 14, 2012



One of the worlds most favorite desserts, a liquid center chocolate cake. This version is made with a Ganache center. Recipe: On Baking 3, page 616



34 comments on “Molten Lava Cake

  1. Niah Clark on said:

    Instead of using Ganache as the center can you just tempered chocolate?

  2. Savanna Cunningham on said:

    tules we made for this dessert really did taste like a tootsie roll but better! but i was wondering could you make white chocolate ones?

  3. Nicholas Pringle on said:

    I do see this dessert a lot on certain menus. Can you add fruit such as raspberries or strawberries in the center? If so does it change the texture of the Ganache?

  4. Valerie alexander on said:

    I love the molten lava cake with a raspberry sauce

  5. William McKinney on said:

    I had fun making the dessert in class i learn what to do and how to do it. when i put the cke in my mouth it was so so good.

  6. Kimberly Watson on said:

    The best molten lava cake I ever taste I don’t like raspberry sauce but this cake complete the flavor while tricking your taste bud into enjoyment .

  7. Patchanittha Srikhum on said:

    This is one of my favorite recipes in On Baking III book. Chocolate cake and ganache are rich and when serving with raspberry sauce, it comes out superb.

  8. Christian Campos on said:

    the molten lava cake was absolutely delicious, especially with the raspberry sauce. loved every bit of it.

  9. Christian Campos on said:

    the molten lava cake was absolutely delicious, especially with the raspberry sauce. loved every bit of it.

  10. Holly Josey on said:

    this was the best molten lava cake and it was easy to make. I loved the rasberry sauce with it.

  11. Andrew Weigel on said:

    My wife made this the other day, but we subbed out the raspberry for oranges. Turned out great!

  12. Richard Martinez on said:

    Best lava cake I’ve ever had, everything about it was really good.

  13. Rocio Ramirez on said:

    Thank you Chef for sharing your knowledge! The cake was so delicious.

  14. Trendalynn Austin on said:

    What is the way to make sure that when you cut into the chocolate cake that ganache comes oozing out? When we made it in class and even I made it at home the ganache did not ooze out like I wanted.

  15. kanwal khan on said:

    I want this recipe and many more from your blog but i see ON BAKING PAGE 616 and page so and so what is this ?I don’t understand is it your book page please reply any one or chef I am waiting for reply?

  16. Eddy Van Damme on said:

    Hi, On Baking is the Text Book that Multiple award winning Chef Eddy Van Damme co-Authored. Some recipes which are in the book cannot be duplicated on his blog, therefore the reference. If you have tried recipes from his blog then you know that they are precise and will allow you to make money in your career. From Amazon: Third Edition brings a fresh new design and 350+ new images to the “fundamentals” approach that has prepared thousands of students for successful careers in the baking and pastry arts. It teaches both the “hows” and “whys,” starting with general procedures, highlighting core principles and skills, and then presenting many applications and sample recipes. Professionalism, breads, desserts and pastries, and advanced pastry work are each covered in detail, and baking and pastry arts are presented in cultural and historical context throughout. An expanded recipe testing program involving chef-instructors at leading culinary schools ensures superior accuracy, clarity and instructional value. This edition reflects key trends including artisan baking, sensory science, and flavor pairing, and is complemented by a greatly enhanced support package, including media solutions MyCulinaryLab for course management and Pearson Kitchen Manager for recipe management.

  17. mona robinson` on said:

    The lava cake turned out delicious. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  18. Meghan Abarca on said:

    Would it be possible to fill the lava cake with different flavors instead of just a chocolate ganache?

  19. Anthony on said:

    perhaps put a spin on the whole concept and make a vanilla molten cake with a white chocolate filing. Now that sounds like something to definitely try.

  20. Mary Lorraine Matiling on said:

    Molten Lava cakes are one of my favorites! 😀 So many different variations you can do with it!

  21. Kevin puerta on said:

    This cake is so delicious and tender . The only bad thing I saw was that part of the chocolate burn at the bottom of my pan and when I cut it open there was nearly any chocolate 🙁 but at the end is still good s to share with you girlfriend …. No just kidding chef 😀 …….

  22. Erica Harrell on said:

    I always wanted to learn how to make a cake like this.
    It was amazing to find out how this cake got it’s chocolate
    center. I loveed the taste of this cake, it melts in your much.
    I was so surprised at how well it turned out for my first time
    making it.

  23. Adriana Ordonez on said:

    A great and delicious dessert! I like the combination of a chocolate cake with a melted chocolate in the center. But it is possible to fill it up with white chocolate instead of regular chocolate? I think that will be something new and amazing. Otherwise the fruit compote is an excellent combination of flavors and the tuile butter makes look the dessert unique and pretty. I really like this dessert

  24. Sherri Atlas on said:

    I have made this many times with letting the chocolate be underdone in the center.( and have felt uncomfortable serving it to people) Your recipe, with the ganache center that has no egg in it, makes me feel more confident. It is truly a wonderful, delicious, and safe dessert to serve to all. Again, thank you for such a delicious alternative and should be the standard for all.

  25. luis betancourt on said:

    im so mad that i missed this dessert by the way one of my favorites one. i tryied it at home finally i learned how to make it i loves it with vanilla ice cream is something amazing.

  26. Nikki Johnson on said:

    I absolutely love Molten Chocolate lava cake, this one was delicious!! How would you incorporate Godiva liquor into the mix?

  27. Jenny Dzoba on said:

    It was fun to learn how these cakes are made; however, I wish that could have made a more interesting flavor combination in class instead of just chocolate cake & chocolate ganache. Would this recipe work with a different cake batter? For instance, would an orange flavored pound cake batter with a chocolate ganache work? Or even if you just switched the ganache for a caramel or a fruit-based center…I feel like this would have helped out the aesthetics of the dessert as well.

  28. Melissa Lambert on said:

    This was one wet cake that I enjoyed and I would have love to have that vanilla bean ice cream with it. The funny thing is that I don’t like vanilla ice cream.

  29. Steven Foutain on said:

    My favorite but next time I make it I will try to incorporate with the melted chocolate in the center, a cherry and a tart cherry sauce on top.

  30. I made this at home, at first I was scared how it would turn out but it turned out wonderful! However this is a little bit sweet to me so I served it with homemade vanilla ice cream and it was AMAZING! I would want to try to make it with other flavors.

  31. Eileen Mier on said:

    This was so yummy! I was glad to learn to make this as well as the tuile we used to adorn the cake, though I needed to be a bit quicker with the shaping of my tuiles. I’d like to try this recipe again, but this time make the ganache with peanut butter or gianduja.

  32. Beautiful dessert with filling in the center and I could make it with different filling to make it work well with the cake. Kind of similar with wedding cake but wet filling is a weapon.

  33. nereida rios on said:

    i love the combination of passionfruit and chocolate so i would make the ganache flavored with passion fruit puree to give it something more than just that typical chocolate on chocolate

  34. Scot Snodgrass on said:

    I always wanted to be able to make these cakes… This is another one I will most likely make for family at the holidays, might try inserting a fruit in the middle with the ganache and some kind of an orange sauce.

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