Keto lava cakes are quick keto desserts baked in single-serve ramekins with a molten chocolate center.
Plus, they are gluten-free lava cake, paleo-friendly, and contain only 1.2 grams of net carbs per serving.
What Is A Chocolate Lava Cake?
Chocolate lava cakes also known as molten cakes are uncooked single-serve chocolate cakes resulting in a liquid chocolate center.
It is a delicious easy dessert to serve lukewarm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.
How To Make This Keto Lava Cake
Keto lava cake is the perfect quick keto dessert to serve to your family and friends. Whether you’re on a keto diet or not everyone will love those molten cakes with a delicious liquid chocolate center.
All you need to make these simple keto desserts are a few ingredients:
- Sugar-free chocolate – I love to use sugar-free dark chocolate sweetened with stevia. If you can’t find this where you live, you can use 99% dark chocolate or 85% dark chocolate. This last option is sweeter and contains slightly more sugar and carbs er serve but is still keto-friendly in a small amount. you can also make your own sugar-free chocolate chips.
- Sugar-free crystal sweetener – erythritol, Monk fruit stevia blend, or xylitol. Read my review of keto-friendly sweeteners to learn some more.
- Butter or dairy-free butter. Butter is always keto-friendly.
- Eggs – regular size
- Almond flour – I used fine almond flour, but an almond meal will work as well. Learn how to pick your keto flours.
- Ground espresso – this is optional but I love the flavor of this in my chocolate lava cake.
- Vanilla extract or vanilla essence.
Getting The Texture Right
There are many ways to enjoy these low-carb lava cakes. In fact, you can really play with the texture by adjusting the baking time of your recipe.
Let’s see the different baking time options to choose from to achieve your favorite lava cake texture.
Runny lava cake
For those who love a liquid runny chocolate lava cake. This option requires less baking, about 9 minutes.
You want the top of the cake to be set but jiggly and soft to keep a liquid center. I recommend serving this recipe into the ramekin, don’t flip it over a plate or the cake is very fragile and may break.
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Molten lava cake
This one is less runny than the previous one. You need to bake the lava cakes for about 10 minutes, until the borders and top of the cake are set, crackle less jiggly.
Gooey lava cake
This texture is close to a moist chocolate cake, the center is not liquid but very moist and it makes this easier to serve on a plate. You need to bake the lava cakes between 11-12 minutes to reach this texture.
Making The Best Keto Lava Cakes
As I mentioned, what makes a lava cake perfect is the liquid chocolate center. In order to achieve that, you must undercook the cake. My tips are:
- Ramekin size – make sure all your ramekins have the same size. I recommend 4-oz ramekins for the recipe. If the ramekins are wider, you will get a thinner layer of batter in each ramekin, and the cakes will cook faster.
- Filling – fill each ramekin with the same amount of batter. You bake the lava cake all at once. If one has less batter, it will cook faster.
- Check the baking process – for a ramekin of my size. It should take 10 to 12 minutes to achieve the perfect liquid center. I recommend checking the lava cake after 10 minutes. It is ready when the center jiggles, but the top is set, a crust has formed.
This recipe serves 4 keto lava cakes, so you probably wonder what to do if you want only one lava cake? There are 2 options:
- Store in the fridge the uncooked lava cake – and bake the next day. It will be a bit longer to bake as it is straight out of the fridge.
- Bake longer to set the center and freeze – it will make a delicious chocolate cake that you can freeze or store for 3 days at room temperature.
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