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Instant pot lava cake recipe

Instant pot lava cake recipe

Oozing chocolate filling in a rich chocolate sponge - delicious!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, English
Keyword: Instant pot chocolate lava cake, Instant pot chocolate lava cake recipe, Instant pot lava cake
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Time to reach pressure and quick release: 5 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 659kcal


  • 200 g Dark chocolate around 70% cacao. Chocolate chips would work.
  • 150 g Butter I used salted, but unsalted would work if you add a pinch of salt.
  • 4 Large eggs
  • 100 g Brown sugar White would be fine.
  • 1 tsp Vanilla essence Or paste.
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 100 g Plain flour All purpose for USA readers.
  • 5 tsp Cocoa powder Optional


  • Grease 5 x ramekin dishes with melted butter or cooking spray. Sift some cocoa powder on if desired.
  • Add the chocolate and butter to a microwave-safe bowl and melt in 30-second bursts. Stir and repeat until fully melted (you could also use the Bain Marie method).
  • Add the eggs to a large bowl, together with the sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix well with an electric whisk or balloon whisk for around 1 minute.
  • Slowly add the chocolate and butter mix to the egg mixture and then sift the flour in. Fold everything together carefully until you have a smooth chocolaty batter.
  • Add equal portions of the mixture to the pre-prepared ramekins. Place the trivet in the instant pot and add 250ml of cold water. Place the ramekins on the trivet (if 5 won't fit put 4 in and balance the 5th in the middle).
  • Put the lid on the instant pot and set to high pressure for 10 minutes. Perform a quick release and remove the lid (be careful not to drip water from the lid onto the cakes).
  • Place the ramekins on a cooling tray and sift on some icing sugar if desired. Serve straight away



We like to serve our lava cakes with vanilla ice cream or with double cream for a touch of extra indulgence.


Calories: 659kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 197mg | Sodium: 279mg | Potassium: 408mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 957IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 7mg