Instant Pot Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

Chocolate lava cake on a white plate with ice cream

Rich and gooey Instant Pot Lava Cake is the perfect chocolate lover’s dessert!




  1. Grease bottom and sides of six 6 ounce ramekins with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the chocolate and butter together, stirring constantly until smooth.  Take off the heat and stir in salt and vanilla. Set aside.
  3. Crack eggs and egg yolks into a medium size bowl.  With a hand mixer, blend at medium speed for 1-2 minutes until thick and light in color.  
  4. Add the powdered sugar; mix to combine.  
  5. Add the slightly cooled, melted chocolate and mix for 30 – 60 seconds until smooth and incorporated.  
  6. Add flour, stir only until combined.
  7. Divide batter into ramekins.
  8. Add 1 cup of water to the pressure cooker pot and place a low trivet inside.  
  9. Place three ramekins on top of the trivet (see notes for how to cook more or less than 3 cakes at a time).
  10. Secure the lid and turn the pressure release knob to a sealed position.  Cook at high pressure for 4 – 6 minutes (see note).
  11. When cooking is complete, use a quick release.  
  12. Check cakes.  The outside should be set and the center very slightly jiggly.  If batter still appears runny, cook for 1 -2 more minutes. If cake is overcooked, it will still be fudgy and delicious, but it won’t have the molten filling.  
  13. Let cakes rest a minute or two, then loosen the sides of the cake with a knife.  Invert a plate on top of the ramekin and gently flip it over to allow the cake to fall onto the plate.  
  14. Serve hot with a scoop of ice cream.  Other possible toppings include whipped cream, powdered sugar, berries, caramel, hot fudge, cookie crumbs, sprinkles, sea salt, etc.


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