Chocolate Lava Cake in the Instant Pot couldn’t be easier! You could be eating this rich, gooey, chocolate cake in 30 minutes from now. What are you waiting for?
Happy Valentine’s Day! Still wondering what decadent, chocolate dessert you are going to make tonight? Well, wonder no more because we’ve got you covered. Even if you have waited until the last minute! You can whip this up in hardly any time at all with ingredients I am betting you already have in your pantry.
Instant Pot Desserts:
Dessert in the Instant Pot or a pressure cooker can be tricky. Trust me, this recipe came about after three failed attempts. With Instant Pot desserts you need to be fairly exact with your cooking times. You also need to consider that cooking times will be different at different elevations.
Also, when cooking dessert, or anything in the Instant Pot, you need to make sure you have enough liquid. To make this easier, I like to place the steam rack in the instant pot first. Then, I like to add a couple cups of water to the bottom. Lastly, I place the dessert containers on the steam rack. This places the dessert cups up out of the water and makes them easier to remove from the IP when they are finished. Since this recipe makes 4 dessert cups, you will have to place 3 cups on the bottom and one cup over the top (as seen in the picture below). Don’t worry, they will all still cook perfectly, even if they are stacked!
Making Lava Cake in the Instant Pot:
For this Instant Pot recipe, I cooked the Chocolate Lava Cakes for 8 minutes and did a quick release. I live at a fairly low altitude so this time was perfect for me. If you are at a higher elevation, you may want to add a minute to the cook time or allow to slow-release for a minute or two. Just don’t let it slow release for too long or it will over cook and the middle won’t be nice and gooey. You will also want to serve these within just a few minutes of being removed from the Instant Pot to get that perfect center.
For this recipe I like to use dark chocolate because I think it makes it extra rich. You are adding sugar to the batter so it will still be plenty sweet. If you simply won’t use dark chocolate or if you don’t have it, you can also use semi-sweet. If you aren’t a fan of having fruit with chocolate, instead of adding raspberries to the top, you can drizzle a little salted caramel topping over the lava cake instead.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Lava Cake:
This recipe uses VERY little flour. Only a quarter cup! That is great news for those who are wanting to make a gluten-free version. Just swap out the flour for your favorite GF flour and you are good to go! If you have a good GF flour, you won’t even be able to tell the difference because the flour amount is so small. Namaste flour from Costco works great or if you have a homemade flour blend that you like, that will work great too!
How to make Chocolate Lava Cake in the Instant Pot:
Instant Pot Chocolate Lava Cake
Place chocolate chips and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, remove from microwave and stir.
Place back in the microwave for another 30 seconds and stir until smooth.
In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, flour, and vanilla together until smooth.
Pour chocolate mixture into egg mixture and stir well to combine.
Spray four 6-7-ounce ramekins with cooking spray.
Fill each ramekin 2/3 of the way full with batter.
Put steam rack in the bottom of the Instant Pot and add 2 cups of water.
Place ramekins on the steam rack, placing 3 of the ramekins directly on the rack and one over the top and in the center of the 3 ramekins (as seen in photo above).
Place lid on Instant Pot and place tab to "sealing". Manually set the time to 8 minutes on "high" pressure.
Quick release the pressure and carefully remove ramekins from Instant Pot.
Serve with ice cream and add mint leaves and raspberries for garnish.
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