This gluten-free chocolate lava cake is a decadent, but EASY dessert made with 6 simple ingredients! My #1 tip is to use a high-quality chopped chocolate bar (rather than chocolate chips) for extra “lava”.

You might also like this flourless chocolate torte or gluten-free chocolate sheet cake.

gluten-free chocolate lava cake on a plate with raspberries and a scoop of vanilla ice cream


 

Wondering what to make for Valentine’s Day or another special occasion? I have you covered!

This gluten-free chocolate lava cake is decadent, impressive, and incredibly easy to make. It has a gooey center and can be topped with fresh berries, ice cream, and more.

Gluten-free chocolate lava cake is a chocolate lovers dream!

You’ll wow your guests — and it will only take about 20 minutes and a handful of ingredients!

Why I love this recipe

  • Uses 6 pantry staples – Gluten-free chocolate lava cakes look fancy, but they’re SO easy to make and only requires 6 pantry staples, like butter, flour, and bittersweet chocolate.
  • Rich and decadent – The egg yolk, butter, and bittersweet chocolate make for decadent, delicious gluten-free lava cakes!
  • Easy recipe for special occasions – I love making this gluten-free chocolate lava cake for special occasions. It’s the perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, or date night if I’m short on time!
Table of Contents

Ingredients You’ll Need

Here are a few notes on the key ingredients to make this gluten-free chocolate lava cake.

ingredients for gluten-free chocolate lava cake on a countertop
  • Chocolate: I like to use Guittard semi-sweet or bittersweet baking bars for this gluten-free lava cake recipe. Chop up the bars before melting with the butter. You could also use dark chocolate bars. For best results, don’t use chocolate chips. You won’t get as much “lava” in the little cakes, and the chocolate bars offer a richer flavor. 
  • Gluten-Free Flour: King Arthur Gluten-Free Measure-for-Measure Flour is my top gluten-free flour choice for this gluten-free chocolate lava cake recipe. Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1:1 Baking Flour will also work.
  • Powdered Sugar: I use powdered sugar (rather than granulated sugar) for these lava cakes because it absorbs easily into the batter. This prevents the lava cakes from having any kind of graininess.
  • Butter: I like to use salted butter for more depth of flavor in this gluten-free chocolate lava cake!

How to Make Gluten-Free Chocolate Lava Cake

  • Prepare ramekins. Spray four 6-ounce ramekins with nonstick cooking spray and dust with cocoa powder. This is important to ensure the gluten-free chocolate lava cake comes out of the ramekins easily after baking. 
butter and chocolate chips in a glass bowl and dry ingredients added to the bowl for gluten-free chocolate lava cake
  • Melt chocolate. Coarsely chop the chocolate (don’t use chocolate chips or you won’t have as much “lava”) and place in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Add the butter and microwave on high, stirring every 15 seconds until melted and completely smooth. Set aside.
  • Mix dry ingredients. Add the gluten-free flour, powdered sugar, and salt to the melted chocolate and whisk until smooth. 
eggs whisked into chocolate in a glass bowl, and ramekins filled with gluten-free chocolate lava cake on a cookie sheet
  • Whisk in eggs. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and egg yolks until smooth. Pour the egg mixture into the chocolate mixture and use a hand mixer or regular whisk to stir until smooth. The gluten-free chocolate lava cake batter will be slightly thick.
  • Bake. Spoon chocolate cake batter evenly into each prepared ramekin. Smooth the top of the chocolate batter. Place ramekins onto a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges of each cake appear solid and firm; the molten center of the gluten free molten chocolate lava cakes will still look soft. 
  • Serve. Allow the gluten free cakes to cool for 1 minute, then cover each of the individual ramekins with an inverted plate and turn over. The gluten-free chocolate lava cake should easily come out of the ramekins. Serve immediately with desired toppings. Enjoy this decadent chocolate treat!

Storage Instructions

Make-Ahead: You can prepare the batter through step 5. Cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Allow to come to room temperature (takes a couple hours) before continuing with step 6.

To Serve: Gluten free molten lava cakes taste best when served right after they comes out of the oven, but you can store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days. Reheat in the microwave for 5-10 seconds before serving.

gluten-free chocolate lava cake on a plate with a fork taking a bite out of it

Recipe Tips

  • I like to use these 6-ounce ramekins for this rich chocolate cake.
  • Muffin Pan Option: If you don’t have ceramic ramekins you can use the 2 inside rows of a 12-count muffin pan to create individual cakes. Spray the muffin tin and dust with cocoa powder like you would the ramekins. Reduce the cooking time to 8-10 minutes. After baking, use a spoon to release the gluten-free chocolate lava cake from the pan and place each upside down on plates.
  • Feel free to add your favorite toppings to these molten cakes! Gluten-free chocolate lava cake would be delicious with your favorite vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, fresh berries, raspberry coulis, strawberry compote, chocolate sauce, a bit of sea salt, or simply a dusting of powdered sugar.
gluten-free chocolate lava cake on a plate with a fork taking a bite out of it
5 from 5 votes

Gluten-Free Chocolate Lava Cake (Easy!)

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 cakes
This gluten-free chocolate lava cake is a decadent, but EASY dessert made with 6 simple ingredients! My #1 tip is to use a high-quality chopped chocolate bar (rather than chocolate chips) for extra "lava".

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces (170g) high-quality semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, see note
  • 1/2 cup (113g) butter
  • 3 tablespoons (30g) gluten-free measure-for-measure flour
  • 1/2 cup (60g) powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 425F. Spray four 6-ounce ramekins with nonstick cooking spray and dust with cocoa powder. This is important to ensure the cakes come out of the ramekins easily after baking.
  • Coarsely chop the chocolate (don’t use chocolate chips or you won’t have as much “lava”) and place in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Add the butter and microwave on high, stirring every 15 seconds until melted and completely smooth. Set aside.
  • Add the gluten-free flour, powdered sugar, and salt to the melted chocolate and whisk until smooth.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and egg yolks until smooth. Pour the eggs into the chocolate mixture and whisk until smooth. The batter will be slightly thick.
  • Spoon chocolate batter evenly into each prepared ramekin. Smooth the top.
  • Place ramekins onto a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes until the sides appear solid and firm; the tops will still look soft.
  • Allow the cakes to cool for 1 minute, then cover each with an inverted plate and turn over. The cakes should easily come out of the ramekins.
  • Serve immediately with desired toppings. Enjoy!

Notes

Recipe Notes
  • Chocolate: I like to use Guittard semi-sweet or bittersweet baking bars for this gluten-free lava cake recipe. Chop up the bars before melting with the butter. You could also use dark chocolate bars. For best results, don’t use chocolate chips. You won’t get as much “lava” in the little cakes, and the chocolate bars offer a richer flavor. 
  • Gluten-Free Flour: King Arthur Gluten-Free Measure-for-Measure Flour is my top gluten-free flour choice for this gluten-free chocolate lava cake recipe. Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1:1 Baking Flour will also work.
  • I like to use these 6-ounce ramekins for these lava cakes.
  • Muffin Pan Option: If you don’t have ceramic ramekins you can use the 2 inside rows of a 12-count muffin pan to create individual cakes. Spray the muffin tin and dust with cocoa powder like you would the ramekins. Reduce the cooking time to 8-10 minutes. After baking, use a spoon to release the gluten-free chocolate lava cake from the pan and place each upside down on plates.
  • Make-Ahead: You can prepare the batter through step 5. Cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Allow to come to room temperature (takes a couple hours) before continuing with step 6.

Nutrition

Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 245mg | Potassium: 192mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 653IU | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg

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Hi, I’m Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I’m here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    WOW!! Made these for Valentine’s Day and I was blown away. Easy to make, perfect taste/texture, BEAUTIFUL, and the “lava” is divine! Would never know they’re gluten-free either. I think the whole process took me maybe 30 min including baking time. Used Ghiradelli Semi-Sweet baking bar and that was the perfect amount of sweetness. Also used the muffin-pan option and greased w/ coconut oil and cocoa powder and they were done in 8 min. Will definitely make again and again!!

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