Gooey chocolate mini-cakes for two--just in time for Valentine's Day

Easy, Gooey Chocolate Lava Mini-Cakes for Two

These extra-moist chocolate lava mini-cakes are made just for two people and take 25 minutes start to finish—just in time for Valentine's Day.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 750 kcal
Author Meyer Food Blog


  • 175 g dark chocolate (at least 52%)
  • 25 g softened butter (plus extra for greasing)
  • 4 tbsp castor sugar
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs (1 whole egg + 1 egg yolk)
  • pinch powdered sugar (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C.

  2. Melt the chocolate. I used to do it on the stovetop. However, it is much faster in the microwave. Put it into a microwave safe bowl and microwave at 30-second intervals so that the chocolate doesn't burn.

  3. In a medium bowl, mix the softened butter, vanilla and sugar and beat until creamy. 

  4. Mix in the eggs until smooth (you can save the other egg white for another recipe or a healthy breakfast).

  5. Add in the flour until smooth and finally add in the melted chocolate.

  6. Grease 2 ramekins with some butter. Place a round piece of baking paper at the bottom of each. 

  7. Pour in the chocolate and bake for at least 12 minutes, up to 18 minutes.

  8. Invert on a plate and knock the ramekins until the cakes come loose. Sprinkle powdered sugar if desired and top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!