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Lava Cakes with Kahlua Whipped Cream

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Do you wish you could serve a restaurant-worthy dessert at home? These Chocolate Lava Cakes with Kahlua Whipped Cream are easy and incredibly delicious!

Chocolate Lava Cake with Kahlua Cream on a white dessert plate with a sprig of mint and fresh berry

Lava Cakes with Kahlua Whipped Cream

In August, our  Chocolate Party assignment was to add coffee to our chocolate creation. Unfortunately, the hubby does not like mocha flavored desserts, so I snuck my coffee in subtly, as a coffee liqueur spiked whipped cream for some molten lava cakes. I didn’t mention my addition. I think he was too thrilled with the 8 molten lava cakes at his disposal to even notice.

The beauty of this recipe is that it can sit in the fridge overnight before baking. So I fixed two for dinner the first night, then had Bill put on his chef’s hat while I was out with girlfriends the next night. He baked up the rest without incident. Nothing better than a piping hot lava cake with a dollop of cool whipped cream to end your meal, and these Lava Cakes with Kahlua Whipped Cream were no exception.

Lava Cakes with Kahlua Whipped Cream

Tips for Making Lava Cakes:

  • When baking any dessert where chocolate is the star of the show, use the highest quality chocolate you can afford. Valrhona or Callebaut are recommended, but Ghirardelli bars are fine in a pinch.
  • Look for a recipe with just a bit of flour. The flour will give your cakes some structure so they don’t totally collapse when unmolded.
  • Not all ovens are created equally. Watch carefully while baking. You’ll want the centers of your cakes to look underbaked so you have that classic “lava” in the middle. Give your cakes the jiggle test at about 9 minutes…you’ll want the center inch to move slightly when shaken.
  • Since these cakes are under-baked, please use pasteurized eggs if serving to the very young, elderly or immuno-compromised. Safest Choice is the brand I can find locally.
  • An underdone center about the size of a dime ensures that you will have a molten center.

If you love chocolate, you’ll also adore this One Layer Fudge Cake, these Chocolate Lava Cookies, and these White Chocolate Lava Cakes!

Lava Cakes with Kahlua Whipped Cream

Lava Cakes with Kahlua Whipped Cream

Molten lava cakes served with a Kahlua spiked whipped cream

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Yield 8 servings


  • 5 tablespoons sugar, plus more for dusting ramekins
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, plus more for greasing ramekins
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Kahlua, or other coffee liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Butter eight 3/4-cup capacity ramekins. Dust interiors with sugar. Set aside.Melt chocolate and butter in microwave safe bowl, stopping to stir at 30 second intervals till melted and smooth. Set aside.

Using a mixer, beat eggs, yolks, and sugar till thick and pale yellow, about 8 minutes. Gently fold about a third of the chocolate mixture into egg mixture, then fold in remaining chocolate. Fold in flour. Divide batter evenly between ramekins.

Preheat oven to 425°F. Place ramekins on baking sheet. Bake until edges are puffed, but center inch of the cakes look undercooked and will jiggle if shaken, 11-13 minutes.

Invert ramekins to remove cakes, if desired.

In a chilled bowl, whip cream, powdered sugar, vanilla and Kahlua till soft peaks form.

Top with a dollop of Kahlua whipped cream.


Ramekins may be covered and held in refrigerator overnight. Bring to room temperature before baking.

Adapted from Bon Appetit

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 ramekin

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 351Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 173mgSodium: 42mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 2gSugar: 30gProtein: 6g


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42 comments on “Lava Cakes with Kahlua Whipped Cream”

  1. Delectable!! I love a good lava cake, and the whipped cream already sounds dreamy ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Lava cakes are heavenly with that oozing chocolate. The pairing of kahlua whipped cream sounds fantastic with these.

  3. Looks delicious. Have you ever had a Lava Cake from Roy’s Restaurant? My favorite. This looks just as amazing.

  4. Yum! And easy enough for a guy to bake? Sounds like a winner:@)

  5. Mmmm… Lava cakes. Makes me wish I had one right now.

  6. This lava cake sounds so yum! and kahlua whipped cream! Oh my!
    Also, liking the chocolate party idea!

  7. Kahlua is such a winning combo with chocolate. So clever of you Liz to use coffee liqueur instead of the real stuff. Your tips, as always, are stellar. Thank you!

  8. This is one if my favourite desserts to serve. I use a recipe that has no flour so I can serve it to my gluten free friends, but it sure does make sense to use the flour for structural support.

  9. Liz, my dear: This lava cake is a killer! Looking at its center makes me drool – literally!

  10. Did I hear Kahlua?? I’m a huge fan of both Baileys & Kahlua! Lava cake is one of my favourites too, but I heard it’s quite hard to bake. Few of my friends tried but haven’t been successful. Kudos to u, Liz!

  11. oooh there’s nothing quite like a chocolate lava cake is there? Love the addition of Kahlua too! ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. Did you know there are people who think lava cakes are “out of style” in dessert world? Just because they were popular for a while, and now they’re “cliche.” What a load of crap! Delicious food never stops being delicious! And lava cakes are hands-down my favorite dessert ever. Yours look mouth-watering>

  13. Ohhhh lava cakes, how do I love thee? Let me count the wayyys

  14. Oh yes please to lava cakes with Kahlua whip – sounds like a dream! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. yum lava cakes ๐Ÿ™‚ sounds delicicous!

  16. Kahlua whipped cream… your’e killing me. Love it.

  17. OMY Lizzy these look amazing!! and nice shots of course!

  18. oohs and ahhas on the other side of the screen. Looks so good. I remember having this for the first time on our cruise every single day and 3 times a day. Fell in love with the gooey chocolatey center, you brought back some memories Liz, thanks.

  19. This is one of my favorite desserts of all time, no question about it! Your lava cakes look so luscious, Liz. I love that you served them with raspberries and that decadent Kahlua whipped cream!

  20. I love all kinds of molten cakes. Chocolate ones go first, no question about that, but I also love molten caramel cakes in all combos and variations.

    The idea with the Kahlua cream is really making me drool over here.
    Really nice.

    Have a lovely week,
    Miriam x.

  21. I have no idea why I’ve never made these before, shame on me. How about I come to Indiana and I give you piping decorations and you make some of these. Deal???

  22. I love lava cake, but yet have to try to bake…yours look awesome Liz, and the Kahlua whipped cream looks fantastic with the cake.
    Thanks for the recipe and have a wonderful week ๐Ÿ˜€

  23. OMG!!! This is so perfect!! I just love lava cakes! Nothing like an ooey gooey center and the Kahula whip cream, love it! Great recipe!!

  24. These look soooo good. Kahlua whipped cream?!?! Where has that been all my life??

  25. Liz…these look pretty awesome! I’ve been a chicken to try lava cakes because I’m afraid I’d sit down to eat them, poke them…and nothing would come out! I appreciate your great tips for baking these beauties! And the Kahlua whipped cream……I’d have licked the bowl clean before it made it to the cakes!

  26. This is great and thanks for the tips! I love that you can make the cakes ahead of time and then bake them. Beautiful as usual, Liz. =)

  27. Bill doesn’t like mocha? You should do a blog post about all the things Bill won’t eat. Oh hang on, forget that – it would take too long to type up the list. I love these desserts where the filling oozes when cut into xx

  28. Ahhh. This is a dish that will never go out of style. I bake them when there are only a couple of us and I don’t want leftovers. That way the damage is only done in one evening! My recipe is bit different than yours but I say they are all worthy of a try. Just for comparison’s sake, don’t you know? You can never have to much lava cake!

  29. I love lava cakes, but the Kahlua Whipped cream really puts it over the top!

  30. OMG!!!
    What a great idea, I love lava cakes but with coffee and Kahlua, Wowwy!
    Such a decadent treat ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. A very beautiful lava cake, Liz. I love that kahlua whipped cream!!

  32. Wow! What a lovely looking lava cake! It’s not easy to get these right every time…I’ve had a few disasters initially. Thank you for sharing these tips!

  33. I love these! I made some the other night and hadn’t set the timer right. I’m telling you that it’s okay to eat them with a spoon. VERY lava-y. ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. This looks amazing! I don’t know which part I like more – the chocolaty cake or the flavored whipped cream. I never thought to flavor my whipped cream and kahlua is a brilliant idea to go with the sweet chocolate.
    Awesome tips, too. Thanks for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Did your husband still like the dessert after he found out what was in the whipped cream?

  35. Beautiful and elegant looking dessert. I bet the first cut is always exciting. ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. So I could potentially have dessert all week long – baking one off each night? I could get used to that.

  37. Lizzy,
    Gorgeous lava cake! Another one for my baking bucket list.

  38. Never tried lava cakes. Are they really easy to make?

  39. Lava cakes are our favorite… Crunchy and smooth inside… Yum!

  40. Oh, my! This is positively heavenly! Thank you for sharing on the Chocolate Party!

  41. LOVE these cakes! So elegant!

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