Lemon Lava Cakes

4 cakes dusted with powdered sugar on small gold plates

Lemon Lava Cakes! They are sort of like chocolate lava cakes, but much easier to make and so good if you love lemon!


1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes, plus more for ramekins
1 bar (4 to 4.4 oz.) white chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
4 large egg yolks
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup store-bought lemon curd
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
powdered sugar, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 425°
  2. Prepare six 6-oz. ramekins with butter.
  3. Melt the chocolate and the cubed butter in a small heat-proof glass bowl over a pot of water. (Or you can use a double-boiler) over medium heat, stirring constantly until melted, about 5 minutes. Scrape into a large bowl.
  4. Stir in flour, sugar, and salt. Whisk in eggs, egg yolks, lemon zest, lemon juice, lemon essential oil, lemon curd, and vanilla.
  5. Pour batter into prepared ramekins and set ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes until edges are golden brown and the center is just beginning to set (it should still look a little soft).
  6. On each cake, run a knife around the edge to loosen and carefully flip ramekin onto a dessert plate. Let stand for a minute or two, then lift off ramekin, easing cake onto a plate.
  7. Dust cakes with powdered sugar and serve warm.


Every oven is a little different, but over baking will cause the filling to become more custard-like. 

Keywords: lemon, desserts, lemon cake, cake, lava cake, lemon desserts

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