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Molten Lava Chocolate Cupcakes & Cake

6 December 2011 49 Comments

chocolate molten lava eggless cake


Celebrations, friends, good times…what comes to your mind, Desserts? A giant Chocolate Mountain with creamy Nutella river flowing across a garden of mouth watering goodies…Huh..too much for one who is not blessed with a sweet tooth I overheard. But I love to bake goodies & make deserts and get a sense of contentment sharing them with family & friends.

And no second thoughts to bring this dessert for a girl who loves her coffee, chocolate and Nutella more than her boy 😉 This Coffee & Nutella molten lava cupcakes is my virtual treat for this wonderful friend of mine.

1. Coffee & Nutella Molten Lava Cupcakes

chocolate molten lava cake

Coffee & Nutella molten lava cake

Easy to assemble and bake these goodies look rich and exotic when served and are bang on impressing your guests any time. Unlike the usual molten lava cakes these are firm with gooey lava inside. I often feel the traditional lava cakes are under baked tasting more like eating the batter. These tiny cupcakes do have a gooey inside but are fully baked. I baked another chocolate molten lava cake which has all the features of free flowing lava from inside.

chocolate molten lava cake

assembly line..


(makes 15 or more small cupcakes)

  • 1 cup All purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. yogurt/curd
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp. Nutella
  • 2 tbsp. chocolate chips/sprinkles
  • 1 tbsp. cherries in sugar syrup (optional)
  • 2 tsp. coffee powder
  • 1/2 tp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda

Method; Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cocoa powder twice. Beat sugar and oil in a vessel till sugar is dissolved. Add yogurt and milk in it and beat it again.

Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and fold it lightly to make  smooth batter.

Mix Nutella, coffee powder and cherries in sugar syrup in a small vessel.

Preheat oven at 190°C for 10 minutes.

Arrange cupcake liners in a muffin tray.

Pour a little batter in the liner, just to coat the base of it. Add a tsp of Nutella mix, a few chocolate chips on the batter and cover it with some more batter. Do the same for all the cupcakes.

Bake the cupcakes at 190°C for 9-10 minutes or till done. Take the tray out and let it cool.

Dust the Nutella & Coffee molten lava cupcakes with powder sugar and serve. these goodies will have a gooey center but firm base and top.


  1. I added a little mixed fruit preserve instead of cherries with syrup.
  2. Replace APF with wholewheat flour for healthier option.
  3. Coffee in the filling makes it slightly bitter, avoid it if you are making the cupcakes for children.
  4. These cupcakes also need to be slightly under-baked to get that gooey center.

2. Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

Chocolate Molten Lava cake

rise-rise..baby..Oozing chocolate..


(Adapted from here)

  • 1/2 cup Chocolate
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup All purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. yogurt/curd
  • 1 tsp. coffee powder (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder

Method; Melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler (keep the vessel of chocolate & butter over another vessel filled with hot water). Beat sugar and yogurt till sugar is dissolved and it forms a ribbon like pattern when dropped.

Add baking powder & coffee powder to the flour and mix well.

Chocolate Molten Lava cake

Sunken beauty..

Preheat the oven at 190°C for 10 minutes.

Pour both the wet ingredients of  sugar and chocolate mix in the dry ingredients and fold it lightly.

Grease small Ramekins with butter and pour little batter in each.

Bake the cake at 190°C for 6-7 minutes till the sides are firm but the center look slightly wobbly. Take out of the oven and serve. You can invert the chocolate molten cakes on serving dish, dust with powder sugar and pour chocolate sauce for a royal treat.

Coffee & Nutella Molten Lava Chocolate Cupcakes

Moments of delight, serve the cake with more chocolate sauce!


  1. I increased the flour a little in the recipe.
  2. Increase the yogurt quantity by 1 tbsp. if you like gooey and runny center.
  3. The molten cake will rise first while baking and will sunk as soon as you take it out of the oven, since it has more liquid content.

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  • Raji said:

    This post is simply superb Sanjeeta…loved your gesture to create virtual bridal shower for Nella…wishing her a happy and blessed married life.

    Coming to these cakes…I love them…I have always wanted to make molten lava cakes but most of the recipes uses eggs..now I have found a perfect eggless recipe here..pinning this right away.
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  • prathibha said:

    drooling over the molten chocolate in d lava cake…yummy
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  • Raks said:

    Gosh,super perfect cake, loved it a lot! Nice recipe!
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  • diabeticFoodie said:

    I don’t eat desserts too often, but I think I’d need to have a couple of bites of this cake. Thank you so much for organizing the shower and inviting me. It’s great to meet you!
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  • chinmayie @ love food eat said:

    Yummy cake! I think I am going to make these cupcakes tonight:)
    Congrats Nelly! Wishing you a great life ahead filled with lots of joy!
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  • kadhyaa said:

    Drooling over….

  • Jamie said:

    I have been traveling so much I missed the invitation until it was too late! But I am always a sucker for a happy ending and thrilled with a wedding. And these fabulous, decadent molten lava cakes just beg to be brought along to a bridal shower. Perfect. And love the addition of cherries to an already amazing recipe!
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  • Tina said:

    wow..so perfect and tempting…

  • Kavi said:

    Holy freak! You don’t know what you’ve done to me! My mouth is generating drools at an alarming rate (disgusting, I know :D).
    Mindboggling photos!

  • Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray said:

    That looks like one amazing cake! Yum! Thanks for organizing this party—you did a terrific job! 🙂
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Rachel, My pleasure, thanks for being a part and such supportive pal! Love.

  • Deeba Rajpal (@vindee) said:

    If marriages are made in heaven so are prized friendships! Words can’t get truer than this, and decadence can’t get better than all these. Those lava cakes are amazing…I’m ready to dive right in. I love that you made them eggless…wow! Thank you for organising such a fabulous virtual event … you are gracious and wonderful Sanjeeta!
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Deeba, This comment went to my spam folder… Thanks to a food blogger who asked me to check spam for her comment and was shocked to find YOUR comment sitting there..anyway all is well that ends well 🙂 Finally restored it.
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support…indeed ‘Prized friendships’ are made in heaven! And I value and will cherish ours for ever.
    Love and tight hugs.

  • anu said:

    wow drool over it dear….awesome…u rock..

  • Nelly Rodriguez said:

    Thank you sooo much for organizing this! And oh my god, these are amazing!!! I’d love one for breakfast!!!
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Nella, Pleasure is mine! Loved organizing, interacting and in turn making some wonderful foodie friends in the world of Food blogging. Cheers!!

  • juniakk @ mis pensamientos said:

    oh my goodness, this cupcakes look divine. anything with a rich gooey center with a touch of nutella? yum!!!! thanks for organizing. i loved planning the party with u. 🙂
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  • Jenni said:

    First of all, I know how much work must’ve gone into organizing the shower, so Thank You for all you did to make this happen!! I bet it was a bit like herding cats! lol

    And this cake? Perfection!!
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  • EA-The Spicy RD said:

    Aww….what a perfect dessert for Nelly! Love these oozy, chocolate cakes! Huge thanks and hugs to you Sanjeeta, for being the mastermind of the virtual shower!! I hope you can take a break now and enjoy Nelly’s party too 🙂
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  • 30AEATS said:

    Beautiful photos, Delicious post, Wonderful host! Thank you for bring together #NellysBigDay!

  • Carrie @ poet in the pantry said:

    Yes, avoid the coffee for the children, please! 🙂 Those look absolutely delicious! Thank you for all your hard work in organizing this awesome event!! 🙂
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Carrie, Thanks for being a wonderful pal, enjoyed working for all and with all of you! Love you.

  • Lora @cakeduchess said:

    A decadent and delicious cake. Thank you for helping to prepare all of this for #NellysBigDay 🙂
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Lora, my pleasure to have you all here! Love.

  • Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said:

    wow, that looks wonderful and what a great gesture 🙂

  • Delishhh said:

    oh my this looks amazing!
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  • Angie@Angiesrecipes said:

    A chocolate cake is definitely perfect for the celebration!Looks rich and delectable!
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  • Richa@HobbyandMore said:

    Those ooey gooey centers.. yumm! and such a lovely write up.. congratulations to nelly and brian!

  • Annapet said:

    Sanjeeta, thank you for inviting me to this virtual Bridal Shower for our dear Nelly! I am so lucky you call me your friend ;-). Love, Annapet.

    Oh, and I want a molten lava cake, pretty please. Thank you.
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Annapet, Pleasure is mine, got to know such wonderful people across the globe and learn new recipes and traditions from them. Such events bring people together. Love you.

  • foodwanderings said:

    Hi Sanjeeta, Kudos on a work well done pulling this bridal shower for Nelly together. Was such an understaking and you pulled it off. This molten cake is so decadent very befitting of a wedding shower. Congratulations NellY!
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Shulie, Thanks for your sweet comment. Yes was a bit skeptical initially, got courage as I went along. Great support from all the foodie buddies. Love you all.

  • rebecca said:

    these are first class and thanks again for getting us all together your a star
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  • mjskit said:

    What a good friend you are to organize such an event! Based on all of the wonderful recipes it looks like it was fun and a very successful event. Sorry I missed it; however, it looks like I get to benefit from the outcome – starting with your lava cakes! OMG! Melt in your mouth delicious! Beautiful cupcakes!!!
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  • Sharmilee said:

    Super perfect cake…and looks so tempting, deliciousss
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  • Nash at Plateful said:

    Wow. What can be more decadent than a molten lava cake oozing with chocolate or a cupcake with nutella?!! You have done an amazing job celebrating your friends wedding. Loving all the virtual sweet dishes, what a lovely idea.

    Congratulations to Nelly & best wishes for a happily ever after!
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  • Faith said:

    I love the look of this cake — that flowing chocolate is gorgeous! And such a sweet idea for a bridal shower!
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  • Nivedita said:

    bite bite bite I want all the bites…. I became selfish seeing the pics…
    book marked, baking it tomorrow 🙂

  • a spoonful of yumm said:

    the 1st image is stunning & the cake looks so tempting !! great job on your side ! have a great weeke ahead 🙂

  • Karen said:

    Wow…what a gorgeous treat for Nelly! And what an amazing job you all did getting this bridal shower happening so quickly…I wish I had been able to participate! All the dishes look fantastic and it’s such a huge outpouring of love!
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  • vianney said:

    This was so much fun!! Thanks for inviting me. I had a blast, such a sweet treat for Nelly!! yummy!
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  • Lavinia said:

    This recipe is amazing! I love chocolate!

  • Nivedita said:

    baked these just now(second one), did not get that chocolaty part flowing 🙁
    dont know the mistake!!

  • shanthi said:

    Its irresistible. I am drooling here

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com said:

    Great post to celebrate a virtual bridal shower. I love single serving desserts 😀
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  • Magic of Spice said:

    This was such a lovely thing to do! And these lava cakes are simply…Wow!
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  • Asmita said:

    These look divine!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook said:

    I haven’t seen this post before so here I am finding this delicious post and drooling ALL over! My gosh, I love the first picture… so beautiful and seductive!
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  • Rasya Srinath said:

    This is my first time to ur space.. was searching for eggless lava cakes & i came here! i am in love with ur space..amazing recipes & clicks! Plan to make lava cakes from ur recipe for valentines ..hope i do justice like u do :)..will fill u in once am done 😀
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