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Lava Cake Recipe

Updated on January 21, 2014
Tortino di cioccolato con coure fondente
Tortino di cioccolato con coure fondente | Source

When I studied abroad in Italy I got the chance to eat lots of super delicious food. Being the sweets-lover that I am, of course some of my favorite things to eat were desserts! Next to gelato, I really loved Italian ciobar, a thick hot chocolate you could drink or include in other desserts, like Tortino di Cioccolato con Cuore Morbido/Fondente (Chocolate Cake with Soft or Chocolate Center). Every time my host family made Cameo's Cuor di Ciobar (Ciobar Center or Heart) my roommate and I got so excited. When we finally asked for the recipe we were kind of disappointed to find it came in a box, since we knew we were not going to find it in the cake mix aisle back in the US. Still I loved Cuor di Ciobar so much I saved a box from Italy and put it up like a poster in my dorm room when I returned to the states. Haha!

Since I've returned I've found a few restaurants that sell lava cake, Domino's even has their own (not so great) lava cake, but I've really been wanting to make it myself in hopes it'll taste more like what I had in Italy. So, then I thought, what better way to recreate an Italian dessert then to follow an Italian recipe? I came across a great video on how to make lava cake (posted below) and for this hub I have translated it and included the recipe in English below. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Tortino di Cioccolato con Cuore Fondente

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Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Makes 4 Lava Cakes


  • 6oz. Chocolate Chunks, (half a bag)
  • 4 teaspoons Flour
  • 6 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 5 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 teaspoons Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • Confectioners Sugar
  • 4 Aluminum Tins
Lava Cake with vanilla ice cream
Lava Cake with vanilla ice cream | Source
Lava Cake goes nicely with vanilla ice cream, mint leaves, and strawberries, currants, or other berries.
Lava Cake goes nicely with vanilla ice cream, mint leaves, and strawberries, currants, or other berries. | Source

Step-by-Step Pictures

If the video is too quick for you to follow along with these translated instructions, this Italian recipe has a step-by-step picture guide to help you out. I know visuals can be very helpful when trying something new!

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).
  2. In a water bath/double boiler (known as a bagnomaria in Italian, bain-marie in French, or baƱo maria in Spanish), melt down and mix the chocolate and butter. If you don't have a double boiler, don't stress out, you can easily do this in the microwave and it won't make much of a difference. You could probably even do it in a Little Dipper if you have one, but that might take awhile.
  3. Mix the eggs, vanilla, and sugar in a large bowl. Beat them together until the mixture is consistent and smooth with no lumps.
  4. Combine the chocolate with the egg mixture and blend well.
  5. Mix the flour and cocoa powder together.
  6. Butter the aluminum tins and coat them with the cocoa powder/flour mix.
  7. Fill each tin about 3/4 of the way with the chocolate mixture.
  8. Place tins on a cookie sheet and bake for 13 to 15 minutes (but no more than that or they'll be dry--or worse, burnt!).
  9. Let tins cool enough that you can touch them, then flip them upside down and let the little cakes out on a serving dish. Sprinkle a little confectioners sugar on top and serve while still hot.


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    • followthestray profile image

      Samantha Harris 4 years ago from New York

      Yeah, I know I get really anxious cooking something new and unique like this without something I can look at for help. It just helps put the mind at ease.

    • Ceres Schwarz profile image

      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      This recipe sounds really delicious. Looking at the images of the lava cake now makes me want to have some. And I agree that visual guides can be really helpful for people so they can easily follow along and make sure what they're doing is correct.