Chocolate molten lava cake, with the lava coming out the front, topped with whipped cream and strawberries
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Instant Pot Lava Cakes

Instant Pot Lava Cakes: A chocolate molten lava cake and 4 filling options, chocolate, peanut butter, caramel, and nutella! This cake is a dream as it is made in the instant pot for almost instant satisfaction. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time9 mins
Total Time19 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, chocolate cake, lava cake, molten lava cake
Servings: 4
Calories: 660kcal
Author: Rachael


Base/Chocolate Lava Cake

  • ½ cup butter 8 Tbs
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 6 Tbs all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 Tbs cocoa powder for dusting the ramekins --optional

Caramel Lava Cake:

  • 8 Caramel squares cut into small pieces
  • ½ tsp salt

Peanut Butter Lava Cake:

  • 4 Tbs Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tbs butter
  • 2 Tbs powdered sugar

For Nutella Lava Cake:

  • 4 Tbs Nutella or chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 1 Tbs butter
  • 2 Tbs powdered sugar



    • Powdered sugar
    • Berries
    • Whipped cream

    Peanut butter:

    • Whipped cream
    • chopped peanut butter cups


    • Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream
    • Caramel drizzle


    • Vanilla ice cream
    • Nutella drizzle
    • Chopped hazelnuts


    • 4, 6 ounce ramekins
    • Cooking spray
    • 6 QT or larger Instant pot
    • Trivet
    • 1 cup of water to help instant pot come to pressure 1.5 cup if using an 8 Qt pressure cooker


    Base Mixture

    • In a large bowl, add chocolate chips and butter
    • Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and combined (about 1 ½- 2 minutes).
    • Add confectioner’s sugar to the chocolate mixture, and mix until smooth.
    • Add 3 full eggs and 1 egg yolk and mix until well combined.
    • Add vanilla, salt, and flour and mix until combined.
    • Spray each 6 ounce ramekin with cooking spray, and sprinkle with sugar.

    For Chocolate Lava Cake:

    • Pour batter into each ramekin, dividing batter evenly between the 4.

    For Peanut butter Lava Cake:

    • Mix together 4 tbs peanut butter, 1 tbs butter, 2 tbs powdered sugar.
    • Pour batter half way in each cup
    • Place Peanut butter mixture in the center.
    • Cover with more chocolate batter.

    For Caramel Lava Cake:

    • Cut up the caramel squares so they are smaller and have a chance to melt.
    • Pour batter half way in each cup and place caramel squares in the center and sprinkle with salt.
    • Cover with more chocolate batter.

    For Nutella Lava Cake:

    • Mix together 4 tbs nutella, 1 tbs butter, 2 tbs powdered sugar.
    • Pour batter half way in each ramekin and spoon nutella mixture in the center.
    • Cover with more chocolate batter.


    • Place the trivet into your instant pot and add one cup of water.
    • Place your ramekins on the trivet so they fit, with some space between. You may need to put 3 on the bottom, and one balanced on top of the other 3.
    • Place lid on instant pot, and lock into place. Set valve to “sealing.”
    • If using a 6 Qt pot, set pot to 9 minutes on Manual High Pressure. If you are using an 8Qt pot, set time to 7 minutes on manual high pressure.
    • When time is up, quick release pressure by carefully turning the valve to “venting”.
    • Remove from the Instant Pot and rest for 3 minutes, then turn upside down on a plate, and remove ramekin.
    • Top with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, and desired toppings (whipped cream and strawberries for the plain chocolate one. Whipped cream and chopped up peanut butter cups for the peanut butter one, A drizzle of caramel for the caramel one, a drizzle of nutella and some chopped hazelnuts for the nutella one.
    • Serve immediately or the inside will no longer be lava.


    Recipe adapted from Adventures of a Nurse


    Calories: 660kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 235mg | Sodium: 402mg | Potassium: 333mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 975IU | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 4.2mg