When it comes to dessert, there isn’t a better one than Instant Pot Lava Cakes.
Well, of course, if that is if you like chocolate.
I had my first molten lava cake at a restaurant many years ago. I swore I died and went to heaven.
And the funny part is, I am not a lover of chocolate.
In fact, if you give me an option between chocolate and cheesecake, I would choose cheesecake every time.
And if you told me that I could only have chocolate cake or ice cream, not both, I would be scooping out ice cream in minutes.
However, that all changed when we were out for New Year’s Eve dinner several years ago.
It was a kind of dinner that the menu was already planned for you.
There was no ordering off a specific menu. They provided you with a 6 course meal and you either ate it or you didn’t.
When it came to dessert, I was so full that I didn’t even consider taking a bite of whatever they brought out to me.
That was until I put my eyes on this round mound of what appeared to be an individual chocolate cake.
It was sprinkled with powdered sugar and had a couple of raspberries on top.
Not wanting to be rude, I took a bite of the sweetened raspberries, thinking that would be enough.
I had no idea I was about to sink my teeth into a soft sponge-like cake that was filled with liquid chocolate.
Molten Lava Cake
Lava cake is a combination of a flourless chocolate cake and a souffle. It gets it’s name for the liquid center that spills out like lava when the cake is opened up.
The chocolate fondant pours out from the inside of the individualized round cake, making for a dramatic dessert appearance.
It makes for the perfect dessert for two people. Well, that is if you want to share.
Instant Pot Lava Cake
So when I began experimenting with desserts using my Instant Pot, I knew that Instant Pot Lava Cake would have to be on the menu at some point.
My first attempt at dessert in my Instant Pot 6 quart duo was my Oreo Cheesecake recipe.
It was absolutely delicious! And I have made several other cheesecakes since then.
But when it came to asking my husband what dessert he would like for Valentine’s Day, he gave me the open ended answer of ‘something chocolate’.
So I immediately thought about making lava cakes.
And since I was experimenting with my Instant Pot recipes, I knew that it couldn’t just be any lava cake. It had to be Instant Pot Lava Cake!
Because I was only making the lava cakes for the two of us, I pulled out my Instant Pot 3 quart mini to do the job.
You can of course make this recipe in a 6 quart or even the 8 quart Instant Pot as well. The only difference is that it might take longer to come to pressure.
The Size Of The Ramekin Matters
The size of your ramekins will make a difference on the cooking time required in the Instant Pot.
I used 4 ounce ramekins for this recipe. If you have bigger ramekins, you will need to increase the cook time accordingly.
I would start by increasing in one minute increments based on the size of the ramekin that you are using.
For instance, if you are using a 5 ounce ramekin, I would increase the cook time by one minute. For a 6 ounce, two minutes. Etc…
And be sure to perform a quick release of pressure as soon as the cooking time expires.
This is one recipe that you don’t want to allow for extra time under pressure so that you get nice gooey chocolate center.
Check out the printable recipe below and let me know what you think!
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