Chili-Spiced Chocolate Lava Cake


Dive into a dessert that's a true explosion of flavors with our Chili-Spiced Chocolate Lava Cake. This decadent treat combines the richness of dark chocolate with a hint of spicy chili, creating a unique and unforgettable taste experience. The moment you break into the cake, a gooey, molten chocolate center infused with chili warmth flows out, promising a delightful contrast of sweet and spicy in every bite.

Chili-Spiced Chocolate Lava Cake

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 lava cake

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 350 kcal
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 40 g
  • Fat: 20 g
  • Sodium: 150 mg


  • Dark chocolate (100 g / 3.5 oz)
  • Unsalted butter (100 g / 3.5 oz)
  • Eggs (2 large)
  • Granulated sugar (50 g / 1.75 oz)
  • All-purpose flour (30 g / 1 oz)
  • Chili powder (5 g / 0.2 oz)
  • Powdered sugar (for dusting)
  • Vanilla extract (5 ml / 0.2 fl oz)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 200°C (392°F). Grease four ramekins.
  2. Melt Chocolate and Butter: In a double boiler, melt the dark chocolate and butter together. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  3. Mix Wet Ingredients: Whisk together eggs, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.
  4. Combine with Chocolate: Gradually fold the egg mixture into the melted chocolate. Stir in the chili powder.
  5. Add Flour: Gently fold in the all-purpose flour until just combined.
  6. Bake: Divide the batter among the prepared ramekins. Bake for 12 minutes or until the edges are firm but the center is still soft.
  7. Serve: Let cool for a minute, then invert onto plates. Dust with powdered sugar.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Chocolate Quality: Use high-quality dark chocolate for a richer flavor.
  • Chili Adjustment: Modify the amount of chili powder to suit your taste for heat.
  • Serving Suggestion: Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to balance the heat.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make these in advance?

Prepare the batter ahead and refrigerate, but bake just before serving for the best texture.

What if I don't have ramekins?

Use any oven-safe cups or muffin tins, adjusting the baking time accordingly.

Can I use milk chocolate instead of dark?

Yes, but it will make the cake sweeter and less intense.