The perfect small-batch dessert, these chocolate lava cakes treats are beautifully complemented by nougat ice cream.

Similar to chocolate lava cakes: Chocolate mousse cake

Serve them at a Valentine’s Day celebration or at a dinner party. The Le Creuset Heart-Shaped Ramekins used in this recipe are available at

(Makes 3 large or 4 smaller portions)



1T good quality cocoa powder, plus extra for dusting

200g dark chocolate, cubed

200g butter, chopped

4 free-range eggs, whole

4 free-range egg yolks

1T vanilla extract

100g castor sugar

50g flour

extra chocolate for middle


150g macadamia nougat

vanilla ice cream

Related to chocolate lava cakes: Chocolate cupcakes


1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.

2. Grease four Le Creuset Heart-Shaped Ramekins and dust with cocoa powder.

3. Melt the chocolate and butter in a glass bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Cool for 10 minutes.

4. Whisk all the eggs, yolks and sugar until creamy. Stir in the vanilla extract and the chocolate mixture.

5. Sift in the flour and cocoa and fold in. Half-fill the ramekins with batter, then add a cube of chocolate to each and add more batter until they are two-thirds full.

6. Bake for 15–20 minutes, or until the tops spring back when gently touched.

7. To make the ice cream, chop the macadamia nougat into small chunks, fold through a good quality vanilla bean ice cream and place back in the freezer until set.

8. Serve the chocolate lava cakes with scoops of ice cream.