Chocolate Eruption

How to make chocolate lava cakes

Rory Dhanota, Arts & Culture Editor

Preparation time: 15-20 minutes

Baking time: 50 minutes


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup water
  • Vanilla ice cream (desired amount)
  • Chocolate candy melts (approximately 14 oz., but can vary depending on taste)
  • Cooking spray


  • Mixing spoon
  • 2 large bowls
  • Molten lava cake mold or Bundt-style pan
  • Small bowl
  • Large plate
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together wet ingredients in a large bowl and mix together dry ingredients in another.
  3. Pour the bowl of wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix until they are combined well.
  4. Grease the baking pan with cooking spray and pour the batter into the pan. Put the pan in the oven for 50 minutes.
  5. Once done, let the cake cool in the pan for at least 15 minutes.
  6. Turn the pan upside down on top of a large plate. The cake should come out of the pan.
  7. Pour a desired amount of candy melts into a small bowl and microwave the candy melts in thirty second increments, stirring in between until they are fully melted.
  8. Pour half of the chocolate onto the cake.
  9. Add vanilla ice cream on top. (If you do not want the chocolate to harden, put the ice cream on the side.)  
  10. Pour the remaining half of chocolate over the ice cream. Enjoy!