Peanut Butter Chocolate Lava Cakes.

The ultimate dessert decadence!

Warm and fudgy chocolate LAVA CAKES exploding with melty peanut butter!! They might look complicated, but they couldn't be any easier! Recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Let’s discuss the elephant in the room.

Why is there not a peanut butter lava cake recipe on my blog yet? Rich, moist, fudgy, gooey, and warm chocolate cake exploding with melty peanut butter that literally pools out from the center at first bite. And then topped with cold vanilla ice cream that melts down the sides. What is wrong with me that I’ve never made this masterpiece at home and WORSE that I’ve never shared such decadence on this so-called “peanut butter loving” blog? I mean, just watch:

This blog hasn’t even lived until this peanut butter chocolate lava cake day. Welcome to the best dessert on earth. The great news is that this recipe makes 4 individually sized peanut butter chocolate lava cakes and the bad news is that this recipe makes 4 individually sized peanut butter chocolate lava cakes. Let’s be honest here. Self control fades fast when you have 4 chocolate lava cakes in the house.

Warm and fudgy chocolate lava cakes exploding with melty peanut butter!! They might look complicated, but they couldn't be any easier! Recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

I’ve talked about it a few times before, but I worked at Chili’s back in college. The good ol’ days throwing sizzle sauce onto those hot fajita skillets, pouring margaritas on the rocks, serving with a smile, spilling BBQ sauce onto a woman’s beautifully crisp white blazer… wait, what? Yes. That happened on my first day. I am haunted every time I see a woman sporting a white blazer.

So I’ve had a few Chili’s molten lava cakes in my day. While the molten cakes came to the restaurant frozen, a quick zap in the microwave made that chocolate completely ooze out with the first bite. Molten cakes are obviously a crowd favorite, but believe me when I say this: they’re 78,479x better made at home. When they’re hot from the oven, made fresh with pure chocolate and lots of butter.

First thing’s first. They may look all fancy and complicated but peanut butter chocolate lava cakes are super easy and I’m not just saying that to sell you on ’em! You make a quick batter, you stuff peanut butter inside, and you bake them for just over 10 minutes. All the work is done in your oven, where a high oven heat cooks the outside of the mini cakes but leaves the center slightly gooey.

Let’s quickly walk through the recipe with pictures so you know what you’re doing when you make these. Which needs to be very soon because (1) Valentine’s Day and (2) peanut butter + chocolate + lava cake.

How to make CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKES! Full recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

↑ Can I dive in?

The base of these chocolate lava cakes is made from butter melted down with pure chocolate. I’m going to repeat this as much as possible: use QUALITY chocolate. Absolutely no cheap stuff and definitely no chocolate chips. You will be dreadfully disappointed if you use lower quality chocolate. I prefer Ghirardelli or Lindt. The quality of butter doesn’t matter as much; I use store-brand all the time. Just make sure you use unsalted butter, like most of my recipes. (Why? Because it gives you full control over the salt content.)

While high-quality chocolate and butter make up the base of these peanut butter chocolate lava cakes, the most important ingredient is egg. There are 2 whole eggs and 2 egg yolks in this recipe (so 2 egg whites and 4 egg yolks)– an entire egg yolk in each cake. The egg yolks are what provide unique moisture and richness to each cake and the egg whites help give structure, combining all the ingredients into one smooth batter and 4 sturdy cakes.

There are no chemical leaveners in these peanut butter chocolate lava cakes. There is only a little flour, because we don’t want to dry out the cakes. For the sugar, I don’t use much of it. Ok, there’s some for taste– but don’t expect a super sweet chocolate cake. I adapted this lava cake recipe from Food and Wine, who use granulated sugar to sweeten. However, in my recipe testing, I prefer to use confectioners’ sugar over granulated sugar. I found the cakes to taste grainy with granulated.

How to make CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKES! Full recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

How to make CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKES! Full recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

You’ll need ramekins. I use the same size for these lava cakes as I use for last year’s chocolate fudge cakes recipe (–> that recipe only makes 2 cakes. I love it for our occasional husband/wife ditch-the-technology date night!) Here are the 6-ounce ramekins I use and suggest you pick up as well. Perfect size for these lava cakes. You’ll want to grease each ramekin with a little non-stick spray and a dusting of cocoa powder. This preparation helps seamlessly release the baked lava cake from the ramekin onto the plate for serving.

Spoon creamy peanut butter inside! A couple heaping teaspoons per cake. Do not use natural style peanut butter, do not use crunchy peanut butter, do not use any other nut butter. The best, in my peanut butter lava cake experience, are commercial brands like creamy Jif or Skippy. Trust me on this.

Take a moment to stare at this:

Warm and fudgy chocolate LAVA CAKES exploding with melty peanut butter!! They might look complicated, but they couldn't be any easier! Recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

This is actual melty peanut butter from inside the inverted lava cake. And I’m actually fainting as I re-live this moment.

It’s a peanut butter chocolate lava phenomenon.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Lava Cakes

Yield: 4 cakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Print Recipe

Warm and fudgy chocolate cakes with melted peanut butter inside. These cakes are not overly sweet. Very rich, intense chocolate flavor. This recipe is extremely particular. Straying from the ingredients listed below or making substitutions will hinder the texture, taste, and final result. Make the recipe as directed.

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces (170g) high quality semi-sweet chocolate, such as Ghirardelli or Lindt
  • 1/2 cup (115g; 1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup (31g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (60g) confectioners' sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 8 teaspoons (42g) creamy peanut butter (about 2 teaspoons per cake)1
  • optional for serving: ice cream, melted peanut butter and/or chocolate syrup for drizzling

Special Equipment

Directions:

  1. Spray each ramekin with nonstick cooking spray and dust with cocoa powder. This ensures the cakes will seamlessly come out of the ramekins when inverted onto a plate in step 6.
  2. Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C).
  3. Coarsely chop the chocolate. Place butter into a medium heat-proof bowl, then add chopped chocolate on top. Microwave on high in 10 second increments, stirring after each until completely smooth. Set aside.
  4. Whisk the flour, confectioners' sugar, and salt together in a small bowl. Whisk the eggs and egg yolks together until combined in another small bowl. Pour the flour mixture and eggs into the bowl of chocolate. Slowly stir everything together using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. If there are any lumps, gently use your whisk to rid them. The batter will be slightly thick.
  5. Spoon chocolate batter evenly into each prepared ramekin. Top with peanut butter and use a spoon to slightly press it down into the batter. Some may still be exposed-- see photo above for a visual.
  6. Place ramekins onto a baking sheet and bake for 12-13 minutes until the sides appear solid and firm. The top may still look slightly soft. Allow to cool for 1 minute, then cover each with an inverted plate and turn over. Use an oven mitt because those ramekins are hot! The cakes should release easily from the ramekin. Top with ice cream and melted peanut butter and/or chocolate syrup for serving, if desired. Serve immediately.
  7. Make ahead tip: This batter can be prepared through step 4 ahead of time. Cover tightly and keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. Allow to come to room temperature before continuing with step 5.

Additional Notes:

  1. Do not use natural style peanut butter, do not use crunchy peanut butter, do not use any other nut butter like almond butter. The best for this recipe is commercial brand peanut butter like creamy Jif or Skippy. I use Jif creamy.
  2. I'm unsure about the bake time for ramekins any other size than 6 ounces. I highly suggest just buying the specified size if you do not own them already. The good news: this standard size is typical for other dessert recipes like custards, soufflés, creme brûlées, chocolate fudge cakes, and mousse.

I've gotten some questions about making these plain, without peanut butter. Yes, it's possible! No changes necessary, just don’t add the peanut butter and bake for only about 12-13 minutes.

Adapted from Food and Wine

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Warm and fudgy chocolate LAVA CAKES exploding with melty peanut butter!! They might look complicated, but they couldn't be any easier! Recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Warm and fudgy chocolate LAVA CAKES exploding with melty peanut butter!! They might look complicated, but they couldn't be any easier! Recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com
Warm and fudgy chocolate LAVA CAKES exploding with melty peanut butter!! They might look complicated, but they couldn't be any easier! Recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com
   

101 Responses to “Peanut Butter Chocolate Lava Cakes.”

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress)posted February 12, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    *gasp* they’re everything I ever dreamed of!

    pinningggg!

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    SalLee Dawsonposted February 13, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Welcome to sunny California. You have chosen a beautiful time to visit. I hope you both enjoyed Alkatraz. So much history. You should enjoy The zoo in San Diego as well. We went shortly after the birth of the panda and was on display for first time. Precious. Make the most of your visit and when in San Diego go to “old town” for great Mexican food and tortillas made on the spot. Bon appetite.

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    • Sallyreplied on February 13th, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Thanks for the tips!

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    Megposted February 14, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    I made these for my husband and I last night, and they were AMAZING. All your recipes are fantastic- thanks for another great one! 🙂 

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    Robinposted February 14, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Hi, annoying purist here :). I know you said we can just omit the peanut butter and not change anything but will that result in gooey chocolate oozing out the middle? Cause in the photo only the peanut butter is oozing out. Please forgive my obnoxiousness :p

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    • Victoriareplied on July 22nd, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      You can put some chocolate in the center to make the oozing sauce in the middle.

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    Evelyn Bposted February 15, 2016 at 12:27 am

    I made these tonight for me & my hubby, using 6oz Pyrex custard cups. They tasted AMAZING, but the peanut butter didn’t sink in (or the batter didn’t cover it when the PB sank), and therefore didn’t really ooze out when we started eating them. I tried to push the peanut butter down into the batter a little, like the instructions say, but maybe the curved shape of the custard cups makes them bake a little differently than the more straight-sided ramekins?  I’ll definitely be making these again, and either buy ramekins first, or try covering the PB with batter.  Thanks for this great recipe & Valentine’s inspiration!  🙂

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    • Sallyreplied on February 15th, 2016 at 11:47 am

      Hey Evelyn! Did you see my tweet reply? You’ll want to spoon batter on top of the peanut butter to make sure it’s really wedged down there. Happy you loved them though! And I hope you had a wonderful Vday 🙂

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      • Evelyn Breplied on February 15th, 2016 at 9:49 pm

        Yes, thank you!  Next time I’ll save a couple dollops of the batter to cover the peanut butter.  🙂

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    Katherine Hposted February 15, 2016 at 9:46 am

    I made these last night for our Valentine’s Day dessert and they were AWESOME!!! My husband was so impressed! Thank you so much for this recipe – I will definitely be making them again!! 

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    Kristin Hposted February 16, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Have you tried making this with bittersweet chocolate?  Or would that make it too bitter? 

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    • Sallyreplied on February 17th, 2016 at 11:33 am

      I’m afraid the cakes would be much too bitter, but if that’s what you like give it a try!

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    Crystal @HelloCreativeFamilyposted February 17, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Oh my goodness you have me DROOLING with this recipe! Does it get any better than chocolate and peanut butter… Yep… You put them in a lava cake! Amazing!

    I included this  in a roundup I did of decadent chocolate recipes! I’d love for you to check it out and share it on social media if you think your followers would like it! Here is the link:

    http://hellocreativefamily.com/36-decadent-chocolate-recipes/

    Thanks so much for creating such a delicious dessert!

    Best Wishes,

    Crystal

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    Sudarshan Hebbarposted February 18, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    thanks for sharing this yummmm recipe…

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    Elizabethposted February 20, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Hi Sally. I made these last weekend for my sisters and my mom while my hubby took our daughters to a dance 🙂 my girls requested I make them for them too so I made them again this weekend! So so good. My oldest daughter said “You’ve done it again, Mom!” Thanks for a perfect recipe! 

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    • Sallyreplied on February 21st, 2016 at 6:10 am

      Thanks for reporting back, Elizabeth!!

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    Lisa Keysposted February 21, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Made these last night for my son in-laws 30th birthday dinner and they were perfect. Keeper–him and this recipe

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    Sejposted February 23, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Should the chocolate be cooking chocolate? or is it better to use normal chocolate?

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    • Sallyreplied on February 23rd, 2016 at 11:21 am

      Yep, cooking/baking chocolate– for example Ghirardelli (or Baker’s) baking bar.

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    jamie leeposted February 26, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Umm most amazing dessert of my life.  I made it last weekend for a friend’s birthday and it was a huge hit.  The hubs is begging for me but I need to have 8 servings.  Can this recipe be doubled?  Thanks Sally!

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    • jamie leereplied on February 26th, 2016 at 9:11 am

      and by begging for me I definitely mean more. begging for more.

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      • Sallyreplied on February 26th, 2016 at 5:08 pm

        Yes! Yes! Definitely can double this recipe! 🙂

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    Dianeposted March 13, 2016 at 12:01 am

    Had the house to myself this weekend and was looking in Pinterest for some recipes for Herbalife shakes. It was a cruel joke that this was posted amongst them LOL!  I just HAD to make one. Yep, just one. I don’t think a lava cake would reheat well the next day. I cut down the recipe to make just one. My only mistake?  That I made JUST one!  OMG that thing was decedent and rich and delicious!!!  I will be making many more of these!!  

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    Andreaposted March 23, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Can I use the recipe for the regular lava cake and just put the pb in, instead of chocolate? I really like that recipe.

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    • Sallyreplied on March 23rd, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      My recipe from last year? Definitely!

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      • Andreareplied on March 23rd, 2016 at 5:43 pm

        Awesome.. thank you. Yes, I love last years recipe. 

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    Laurenposted March 28, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Hi Sally, I love your recipes! I was thinking of making this one (that picture with the vanilla ice cream is giving me massive cravings right now) but I am not really a fan of peanut butter. Would I be able to put something inside the cakes instead of peanut butter such as melted chocolate (bakers chocolate)? Thanks!

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    • Sallyreplied on March 28th, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      See my recipe note. 🙂 Enjoy, Lauren!

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    Cherylposted April 11, 2016 at 12:09 am

    Holy moly, Sally!
    Fantastic! 
    I usually follow your directions to a T, but today was my hubby’s birthday and I didn’t have a cake! I used two dark chocolate bars that I had sitting around and supplemented with 2 oz of semi sweet chips.  Wow! I think mine were a bit runny but it didn’t matter! SOOO EASY!!! SOOO GOOD!!! I may try a marshmallow in the middle for my kiddos next time.  
    Thanks for being so good at what you do. Cheers! 

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    • Sallyreplied on April 11th, 2016 at 7:24 am

      Let me know how they go with marshmallow! Genius.

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    Lucyposted May 7, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Made these for my family and turned out perfectly! Lovely and running in the middle! Thank you for a great recipe 😀

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    Angelaposted May 9, 2016 at 9:50 am

    I think I need a new phone screen…. Mines all wet with drool!!

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    Isha Kishoreposted July 12, 2016 at 4:02 am

    This is just like molten lava out of a VOLACANO!!!!!! I really want this for my b’day Sally 😀

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    N Simonposted July 21, 2016 at 2:08 am

    Just made this lava cake tonight. OMG, is this dessert rich! I used 72% dark chocolate, and even though it was a touch bitter, it was still UN-BELIEVABLE! I have been on a search for good lava cake for the last year. Now I realize no restaurant can match what I have just created at home. Thank you so much for teaching me how to make this. I cannot wait to present one of these to my chocolate connoisseur sister.

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    Akkiposted July 24, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Tried this recipe some time back. it turned out delicious. Thanks for sharing .

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    Merlyposted August 26, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Hi Sally,

    Can I use almond butter instead of all purpose flour? I am trying to eliminate all purpose flour in most of my baking and using been using whole wheat pastry flour or almond flour.

    Tomorrow is my hubby’s bday and I would like to surprise him with these lava cakes.

    🙂

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    • Sallyreplied on August 29th, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      Merly, sorry for the delay– I was out of town this weekend and could not check in on comments. I wouldn’t use almond butter. A GF flour blend would be a better option.

      Reply

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