Instant Pot chocolate lava cakes in ramekins sprinkled with powdered sugar - Paint the Kitchen Red

Instant Pot Chocolate Lava Cake

Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dessert, instant pot, lava cake
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 560kcal
Author: Paint the Kitchen Red
These molten Instant Pot Chocolate Lava Cakes have a gooey chocolate center and a hint of coffee; A delicious Instant Pot dessert that's super easy to make.
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  • Grease the bottom and sides of four 6 oz ramekins. Coat each with sugar.
  • Melt the chocolate and butter: In a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, microwave butter and chocolate on medium heat for about 1 minute. Stir and repeat heating at 15-second intervals, until the chocolate is melted and smooth but a few small pieces of chocolate still remain.  Keep stirring to allow the chocolate to completely melt in the residual heat.
  • Stir in confectioner's sugar.
  • Whisk in eggs, yolks, coffee and vanilla.
  • Stir in flour and salt.
  • Divide batter among the ramekins.
  • Pour 2 cups water into the Instant Pot’s main compartment (inner pot) and place trivet in water.
  • Place 3 ramekins on the trivet and place 1 more on top of them, in the middle (staggered). Close the Instant Pot. Make sure the steam release handle is in the ‘Sealing’ position.
  • Cook on 'Manual' (or 'Pressure Cook') for 7 to 9 minutes. *
  • Do a Quick Release of steam and open the Instant Pot.
  • Use the trivet to remove the ramekins. Gently dab off any condensation from the surface of the cake.
  • Dust the Insant Pot chocolate lava cakes with powdered sugar.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!



  • If you have a larger Instant Pot, you might be able to fit all 4 ramekins in one layer.
  • I use 6 oz ceramic ramekins and a 6 quart Instant Pot Duo and Ultra for this recipe as written; if you're using different size or type of containers or pressure cooker, your cooking time may need to change.  
  • * The pressure cook time for this recipe can vary based on model of Instant Pot.  If you’re doing this for the first time, you might want to try 7 minutes and if the lava cakes are undercooked, pressure cook them for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  • See blog post for more details and tips.


Serving: 1lava cake | Calories: 560kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 233mg | Sodium: 80mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 49g