A dessert that makes special occasions unforgettable or weekends more decadent! These air fryer lava cakes are a hassle free rich chocolate dessert with a gooey molten centre, that you will keep making non stop!
I love a good dessert after my dinner. Since I bought my air fryer, I have been experimenting more with small quick bakes batches, because sometimes when a craving calls you, it’s ideal to have something sweet then and there! These air fryer molten lava cakes are a perfect dessert to make. Apart from being done in less than 30 minutes total, all you need are a couple of pantry staple ingredients!
Are you looking for a special dessert to make on Valentine’s day? Then this is what you need to make!
Lava Cakes Ingredients
Chocolate – I use dark chocolate. However, you can use your favourite semi-sweet or milk chocolate that you like. Add an extra piece of chocolate in the middle before baking so to have an extra molten centre!
Eggs – These will bind the batter together and give it all that richness!
Butter – Use good unsalted butter, for a smooth cake.
Flour – You will only need a small amount of flour as this is only needed to form a batter and get that cake consistency. Be careful not to go overboard with flour as you might end up with small cakes instead.
Sugar – This will give the cakes that extra sweetness, which we all want when eating these lava cakes.
Salt – Just a bit of salt in your dessert will enhance the flavours and make these cakes even better!
How to make these Chocolate Lava Cakes
These cakes are quite easy to make. First you need to prepare the ramekins or cocottes by rubbing them with butter and sprinkle some flour or cacao powder in them. Set aside.
Melt the chocolate and butter together. You can either do so with a bain-marie or else melt everything in the microwave at 30 seconds intervals. Whisk the eggs, sugar and salt with a hand mixer. Stop when the eggs have a paler yellow. Mix in the melted chocolate and butter and once done, add the flour and mix until all the flour is folded in.
Bake the lava cakes in the air fryer at 180°C/ 350°F for 7 minutes. If you want a less molten centre leave them for 9 minutes.
How to serve these chocolate lava cakes?
Serves these lava cakes warm with a scoop of ice cream on top! Or else keep it simple with a generous dusting of icing sugar. You can also serve it with some whipped cream and berries.
Can I bake these in an oven instead of an air fryer?
Obviously! Cook the lava cakes in a well preheated oven for 6 to 8 minutes at 230°C/450°F.
What can I use if I don’t have cocottes?
I have used my mini cocottes from Le Creuset for this recipe and got 2 portions. However, you can use ramekins which will give you 4 smaller cakes. Or else, you can also fill a muffin tray with the batter by filling about 3/4 of the way. Bake them for less as they will quick faster in a muffin tray.
Air Fryer Lava Cakes
- 75 g butter unsalted
- 120 g dark chocolate best if over 60%
- 35 g sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tbsp plain flour
- Prepare the cocottes/ramekins by rubbing them with butter and sprinkle some flour or cacao powder in them. Set aside.
- Melt the chocolate and butter together over bain-marie or in a microwave at 30 seconds intervals.
- In a bowl with a hand mixer whisk together the eggs, sugar and salt until they are all nice and pale.
- To the bowl add the melted chocolate and butter. Once combined, add the flour and mix until all the flour is folded in.
- Bake the lava cakes in the air fryer at 180°C/ 350°F for 7 minutes. If you want a less molten centre leave them for 9 minutes.
- Take out the lava cakes from the air fryer with a clean towel. Let cool for a minute and gently push in a butter knife around the edges of the ramekin so to loosen the side. Transfer the cakes to a plate and dust with icing sugar.
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