Red Wine Chocolate Lava Cake is so easy to make at home! This molten lava cake comes out of the oven piping hot in just about 30 minutes!

Chocolate Lava Cake is all the rage at fancy restaurants these days. While they take a long time to cook, your server will make you commit to your decadent dessert long before you’ve ever considered an entree or even appetizer.

It will grace your table like a glorious brown mound and you know what happens when the spoon hits the cake… a gentle chocolate stream that could be straight out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Red Wine Chocolate Lava Cake is one of the favorite desserts for dinner parties. You can prepare the easy batter ahead of time, pour it all into ramekins and just place in the oven about 15 minutes before dessert time.

Top ingredient with powdered sugar, homemade caramel sauce, fleur de se, fresh fruit, whipped cream or even homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. Salted chocolate desserts are just all the rage right now!

One of the other things that makes these lava cakes so much different than the ones you’d get at the fancy restaurant, the spices! They aren’t too overpowering, but you will notice them.

Clove, cinnamon and ginger smell fragrant coming out of the oven and are even more intoxicating when you take a big whiff from your spoon while eating. They are a welcome addition to a traditional dessert that plays so nicely with the red wine.

The majority of the alcohol in the red wine will cook-off while baking, but if you are concerned at all, you can substitute water or reduce the wine in a small saucepan over boil to kill it off before baking.

Red Wine Chocolate Lava Cakes taste best served right out of the oven, but be careful because those ramekins are hot! Use tongs and gently place them on a serving plate. If you have leftovers, you can cover them with aluminum foil and bake to reheat for another delicious lava cake another night!


  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped, divided
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons red wine, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder


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