Mini Chocolate Lava Cakes

Mini Chocolate Lava Cakes Hey guys! Happy Monday. Have you ever heard of Jenny Flake? She writes on the blog Picky Palate and is one of my very favorite bloggers….ever ever ever! When I first started my blog, I looked to her to see how it should be done. I blog stalked her for a while before getting up the courage to tweet her and leave messages. Then, after a while we met and a few years later, I’m happy to call her a friend. She is one of the sweetest people I know and I’m so thrilled that she is expecting a sweet little baby boy in the next few weeks.

A few other bloggers and I got together to throw her a surprise virtual shower. SURPRISE Jenny!

I decided to whip up some chocolate lava cakes, but make them mini because I have an addiction to turning EVERYTHING into itty bitty creations {everything is a million times cuter as minis} plus they cook much faster that way…bonus! You only need 5 ingredients and maybe 5 minutes in a hot oven for a batch and THAT’S IT! Perfect for a party or a midnight snack for a certain pregnant lady. Ahem.

No step by step photos today because…..I did a vlog all about it!!! I started a Lauren’s Latest youtube channel and I’m going to be doing more and more recipe videos. I just took this one in my kitchen using my iphone, but hopefully as time rolls on, it’ll get a little more sophisticated. Well….ok. No promises. Check the video out here and make sure to subscribe to my channel!

Mini Chocolate Lava Cakes1 And for more yummy recipes, check out the other bloggers with baby shower recipes for Jenny :)

Amanda: i am baker Special Cake for a “Picky Palate”
Amanda: Kevin and Amanda Cinnamon Blueberry Biscoff Breakfast Cookies
Angie: Bakerella Baby Faces
Averie: Averie Cooks Chocolate Banana and Biscoff Graham Bars
Bev: Bev Cooks Horseradish Deviled Eggs
Bridget: Bake at 350 Cute as a Button Cupcakes
Cheryl: TidyMom Salted Caramel Cupcakes
Gaby: Whats Gaby Cooking Blueberry Buttermilk Cake
Heather: Heather’s Dish Perfect Pancake Bites
Julie: The Little Kitchen Mixed Berry Mint Slushies
Kathy: Panini Happy Baby Oreo Ice Cream Pies
Kristan: Confessions of a Cookbook Queen Homemade Animal Crackers
Lori: Recipe Girl Oreo and Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Maria: Two Peas and Their Pod Cookies ‘n Cream Sheet Cake
Marion: Sweetopia Baby Shower Cookie Favors
Marla: Family Fresh Cooking Blueberry Mint Agua Fresca
Michelle: Brown Eyed Baker Shrimp Nacho Bites
Naomi: Bakers Royale Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Trifles
Brooks: Recipe Boy Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Oreos
Robyn: Add a Pinch Little Boy Blue
Shaina: Food For My Family Ginger Plum Preserves
Shelly: Cookies and Cups Oreo Pop Baby Rattles

Enjoy Jenny! Maybe on baby #4, we’ll all be able to do a non-virtual baby shower! 😉

Mini Chocolate Lava Cakes

Yield: 24 minis


2/3 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs + 2 egg yolks
1 cup powdered sugar
6 tablespoons flour


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Generously spray a mini muffin tin with non stick cooking spray and set aside. Melt chocolate and butter in a large bowl. Cool 3 minutes. Stir in eggs and egg yolks until incorporated. Stir in powdered sugar and flour. Spoon into prepared muffin tin so batter is 3/4 of the way up. Bake 4-7 minutes or until the edges are cooked and the centers are soft. Cool 5 minutes and carefully remove from pan using a butter knife. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

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101 Responses to “Mini Chocolate Lava Cakes”

  1. #
    Blog is the New Black — August 20, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Mini things are so cute! LOVE!


  2. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — August 20, 2012 at 3:50 am

    These are so cute! Popping over to watch your video :)


  3. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — August 20, 2012 at 4:34 am

    Love these, Lauren. Can’t wait to see your video.


  4. #
    Jenny Flake — August 20, 2012 at 4:48 am

    You are so cute Lauren! Love the mini Lava Cakes!! Thanks for making my morning so sweet! xoxo


  5. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — August 20, 2012 at 5:11 am

    These look amazing, Lauren! Love lava cakes and the mini ones are too cute!!


  6. #
    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — August 20, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Love the idea of mini lava cakes.


  7. #
    katie — August 20, 2012 at 5:29 am

    Lauren these look to die for. I’m sad to admit that I’ve never made lava cakes… they are on my list of recipes to conquer!


  8. #
    Maria — August 20, 2012 at 5:32 am

    Cute little cakes! Perfect for the shower!


  9. #
    Anna @ hiddenponies — August 20, 2012 at 5:46 am

    I’ve been waiting for this recipe – these are fabulous! Love the vlog idea!


  10. #
    Janna@littlemagnoliakitchen — August 20, 2012 at 5:46 am

    What a cute Idea!! These are truly the perfect size for a shower…I have several over the next few months so I will have to give them a try!! Looks like II will have to go over and “stalk” Picky Palate too! These look like they could jump off the page…great photography!


  11. #
    Ashley — August 20, 2012 at 5:51 am

    Lava cakes are the best…especially topped with ice cream!


  12. #
    Marian (Sweetopia) — August 20, 2012 at 5:54 am

    These look like they’d taste amazing! So perfectly presented too – Love!


  13. #
    Desi — August 20, 2012 at 5:55 am

    Loved your video! She is adorable! I want her :)


  14. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — August 20, 2012 at 6:02 am

    Love the video, Lauren! Funny actually b/c I did my first video on today’s post too and thought the same thing about using my iphone instead of my real camera that would obviously take way better video. ha! The lava cakes are adorable in their mini-ness!


  15. #
    Madeleine @ teeniebaker — August 20, 2012 at 6:06 am

    These are too cute! Mini things are always adorable!


  16. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 20, 2012 at 6:08 am

    Gorgeous little lava cakes and I wish we could all be at the shower IRL and try all this great food!

    And congrats on your YouTube Channel, too.


  17. #
    Cookbook Queen — August 20, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Your little girl is stinking adorable!! And lava cakes are never NOT a good idea.

    That made sense in my head.


  18. #
    Gisela — August 20, 2012 at 6:18 am

    Yum! I may just make these tonight for fhe. PS. Love the video, B is hillarious! Miss that girl!!


  19. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — August 20, 2012 at 6:25 am

    I want to lick 25 of them.


  20. #
    Stephanie — August 20, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Aww, I love that they’re mini!!


    • Stephanie — August 20th, 2012 @ 6:51 am

      Also, just watched your video. You have the cutest little helper EVER!


  21. #
    bridget {bake at 350} — August 20, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Chocolate.Lava.Cakes. I mean, really….does dessert get any better than this?!? I think not.


  22. #
    caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy — August 20, 2012 at 7:24 am

    oh gosh, those look mighty delicious!


  23. #
    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — August 20, 2012 at 7:28 am

    These look wonderful! It makes me wish this virtual shower was a little less “virtual”, if you know what I mean!


  24. #
    Amanda — August 20, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Oh my gosh, how dangerously wonderful are these?? Just 5 ingredients and 5 mins in the oven?? I could make these right now!! :) Loved the video, your little girl is too cute!! :)


    • Lauren — August 20th, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

      Thanks Amanda! Loved your breakfast cookie post this am!!


  25. #
    Vimitha — August 20, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Ooey gooey lava cakes… would love with some ice cream


  26. #
    JulieD — August 20, 2012 at 8:40 am

    These are so cute!! And your daughter is so cute in the video too!


  27. #
    naomi — August 20, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I’m so with you about minis – that’s why baby socks are cute and adult socks-not so much.

    Love the recipe! It looks delicious.


  28. #
    Tasha @ Thatssoyummy — August 20, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Oh I love chocolate and these look so perfect… I could eat about 5 of them and convince myself its ok because they are small 😉


  29. #
    Kathy - Panini Happy — August 20, 2012 at 10:21 am

    The perfect oozy little bites – I love them! :-)


  30. #
    kelaynes — August 20, 2012 at 11:29 am

    LOVE lava cakes…but don’t have mini pan, going to try with regular muffin pan, and up the time a few minutes…hope it works, but seriously, how could it not? i will still eat them! :)


    • Lauren — August 20th, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

      Yup, should work just fine. Just be sure to spray really well with non-stick. OR use ramekins and eat them right out of there!!


    • Billy — February 13th, 2014 @ 8:05 am

      Wow – this is really late, but I hope you see this. Did it work? I just stumbled upon this recipe and made them for work. HUGE hit. I want to make them as regular sized cupcakes for this weekend. Do you remember if it worked? how long did you bake them for?


  31. #
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — August 20, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Omg your daughter is such a ham! Love it! I love that she helps you with the mixing :)


  32. #
    TidyMom — August 20, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Chocolate lava cakes were always one of my Dad’s favorite desserts, I haven’t made them in years……..I love the idea of making them mini


  33. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — August 20, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    How adorable! Love the mini version of lava cakes!


  34. #
    Amanda — August 20, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Love these. I have always wanted to make them… but was so intimidated! With your recipe I will try!


  35. #
    marla — August 20, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Now this is my type of dessert!! Love it :) So glad you could join in this fun celebration :)


  36. #
    Nata — August 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    you and your daughter are the cutest!
    love the idea of mini lava cakes, definitely helps with portion control! (because smaller portions don’t count)


  37. #
    baker in disguise — August 21, 2012 at 12:34 am

    oh these really look so good.. i love mini version of anything.. its just easier on the guilt conscience!!! :)


  38. #
    Kristen — August 21, 2012 at 4:41 am

    What an adorable treat for a precious soon to be baby and his mama!!
    I am excited to see your video :)


  39. #
    Jen @ Savory Simple — August 21, 2012 at 4:54 am

    These are adorable!


  40. #
    Anina @ Aninas Recipes — August 21, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Wow Lauren, these choc bites look Amaaaazing!! I love gooey bites of deliciousness! And yes, everything is better in mini size!!!!


  41. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — August 21, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I love the virtual baby shower idea. Too cute!


  42. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — August 21, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Why are so many things better in mini?


  43. #
    Living The Sweet Life — August 21, 2012 at 10:19 am

    So CUTE!! I made lava cakes this weekend too … my brother goes crazy for them. you’re making me wish I did a mini version … espcially since all of the cakes are now done :( lol.


  44. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — August 21, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Lauren… seriously girl, these rule! And they’re perfect “finger food” for a shower!


  45. #
    Denise — August 21, 2012 at 11:52 am

    I’m a sucker for all things mini too and LOVE a good chocolate lava cake. I need to make these, that’s for sure!


  46. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — August 21, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    You guys are so sweet doing a virtual baby shower for her! And such delicious food! Your lava cakes look wonderful! I’ve never tried whipping up a batch homemade and your photos are so tempting, I think I’ll just have to do it!


  47. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — August 21, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    This has to be the best shower ever! Everything is so amazing, and these cakes are one of my all time favorite desserts!


  48. #
    Kiran @ — August 21, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    This is a very cute molten lava mini cakes!! I can’t wait to try this recipe :)


  49. #
    Jen — August 22, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Ok, I saw these two days ago and made a half batch tonight. I lost the game of baking “chicken” – they weren’t as gooey as I like, but with ice cream on top they were still ridiculously delicious! I ate three. And apparently my hubby wasn’t feeling well because he only ate two. So I ate his other one, but that doesn’t count, right??


    • Lauren — August 23rd, 2012 @ 7:39 am

      Try cooking them 2 minutes less to make them more ooey and gooey!


      • Jen — August 23rd, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

        I sure will! I’ll wait for attempt #2 until my dad is in this weekend – they’re his favorite dessert. :)

  50. #
    Javelin Warrior — August 24, 2012 at 5:48 am

    It’s so tricky to make the perfect chocolate lava cakes because so often they come out either under-done or rubbery on the outside. Yours look perfect so I have to check out your video and so how you accomplished it! I’m featuring this post in today’s Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and thanks for the inspiration…



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