Carnival Cruise Chocolate Melting Cake

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Have you tried the Carnival Cruise Line Warm Chocolate Melting Cake? Now you don’t have to hit the high seas to indulge in this decadent chocolate melting cake at home.

Hand holding a spoon with gooey Carnival Cruise Melting Chocolate Cake.
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  1. Ingredients in Carnival Chocolate Melting Cake
  2. How We Got Carnival Cruise Line’s Recipe
  3. Reader Reviews of this Recipe
  4. Baking Tips for Chocolate Melting Cake
  5. Frequently Asked Questions about Carnival Chocolate Melting Cake
  6. More Decadent Chocolate Cake Recipes
  7. Get Away Today
  8. How To Make Carnival Chocolate Melting Cake
  9. Carnival Cruise Line Warm Chocolate Melting Cake Recipe

Carnival’s famous melting chocolate cake is the most popular dessert on a Carnival Cruise. The rich, chocolate cake has a warm, pudding-like chocolate center that is to die for! If you don’t believe us, see all the rave reviews from our readers in the comments below.

On a cruise, this decadent dessert is served in individual greased ramekins that are the perfect size for one serving. This chocolate cake recipe tastes just like the original recipe (because it IS the original recipe!) but you can make it in the comfort of your own home. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a dusting of powdered sugar or whipped topping.

Four ramekins of baked Carnival Cruise Melting Chocolate Cake dusted with powdered sugar.


Ingredients in Carnival Chocolate Melting Cake

This is one of the easiest chocolate desserts to make, and yet it looks and tastes super fancy! It resembles a lava cake, with delicious melted chocolate, a fudgy chocolate mixture in the center. Here’s what you need:

  • Dark chocolate chips – use any chocolate chips you like, but I find the dark or semi-sweet chocolate really enhances the luxurious flavor.
  • Butter – melted butter, about cube and a half.
  • Eggs -four large or five medium eggs. Make sure the egg mix is at room temperature before adding the next ingredients.
  • Sugar – about ¾ cup white, granulated sugar
  • Vanilla extract – not a lot: just ⅛ teaspoon
  • Flour – a quarter cup
  • Optional toppings: ice cream, whipped cream, powdered sugar, strawberries, caramel sauce, raspberries, other fresh berries, nuts.
Ingredients for Carnival Cruise Melting Chocolate Cake including dark chocolate chips, butter, sugar, flour, eggs and vanilla.

How We Got Carnival Cruise Line’s Recipe

Our sister, Elise, just got back from a cruise to the Caribbean with her family. As soon as she stepped on land she called me and said, “We need to figure out the recipe for the Melting Cake they served on the ship. It was to die for!” Literally, moments later I was on the phone with GET AWAY TODAY telling them about my sister’s cruise and they said “We have the recipe for that cake! A couple of our cruise specialists got the recipe from their last cruise!” I am not even kidding, that same day I went and got the ingredients to make it. Let me tell you – it was fabulous! We are sharing this ACTUAL recipe with you! You can enjoy this delicious cake anytime!

Reader Reviews of this Recipe

“Holy cannoli, this is delicious. I’m hesitant to admit that I’ve made it three times this week… but you all deserve to know. I didn’t have ramekins so I put the batter in muffin tins and reduced the time to 10 minutes. I thought it’d make for better portion sizes but my husband and I ended up eating three at a time anyways. Thank you for this life changing recipe, but darn you for making me come face to face with my lack of self control. Five stars for sure.”

BEKAH
Three ramekins of Carnival Cruise Melting Chocolate Cake dusted with powdered sugar. Vanilla ice cream on the side.

“Chocolate lovers! Hear me and make this recipe. You will not be sorry.”

JAYNE

“It is the best thing I ever had ever! It is so good I had it every night on my cruise recently. I highly recommend it! Sinfully delicious! Yum!”

CHARLENE

Baking Tips for Chocolate Melting Cake

  • Do not overbake! It is supposed to be spongy and cake-y on top but gooey and melty in the middle.
  • After 14 minutes, be sure to keep checking it. You don’t want it to be cake-y all the way through, nor do you want it to be too runny.
  • Use your good judgement for doneness because oven temps and elevations are different for everyone. If you are worried about it, keep doing the “toothpick test” every minute or so.
  • If you put the toothpick all the way down to the bottom and the bottom half of the toothpick DOESN’T come out clean, you did it right.
Spoon full of Carnival Cruise Melting Chocolate Cake top view.

Frequently Asked Questions about Carnival Chocolate Melting Cake

Can this cake be made gluten free?

Yes! You can substitute gluten free all-purpose flour in this recipe. The rule of thumb I use is substitute the flour 1:1 and add one teaspoon of xanthan gum.

Can these cakes be made ahead of time?

We wouldn’t recommend it. They are much better when they are warm out of the oven.

What’s the difference between molten cake and lava cake?

Lava cake is a thick fudgy batter spooned into ramekins and baked so the center still remains liquidy. Molten cake is made with a more traditional batter that is poured into a greased pan and baked until the center is just barely set.

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How To Make Carnival Chocolate Melting Cake

Spoon with a scoop of Carnival Cruise Melting Chocolate Cake.

Carnival Cruise Line Warm Chocolate Melting Cake

4.79 from 38 votes
If you have been on a Carnival Cruise, you’ve probably had this warm chocolate melting cake and you know how amazingly good it is!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Video

Equipment

  • Whisk
  • 7 ounce Ramekins
  • Sauce pan

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375-degrees. Melt chocolate and butter in a small saucepan, cool 10 minutes. 
    Small pan of chocolate chips and butter for Carnival Cruise Melting Chocolate Cake.
  • In the meantime, in a separate bowl, whisk eggs and sugar together. 
    Bowl with eggs and sugar being whisked for Carnival Cruise Melting Chocolate Cake.
  • Add vanilla and flour and whisk until flour is well mixed in. 
    Bowl with whisked egg mixture for Carnival Cruise Melting Chocolate Cake.
  • When chocolate has cooled stir in egg mixture.
    Bowl with Carnival Cruise Melting Chocolate Cake batter. Whisk on the side.
  • Fill 7 ounce ramekins about ¾ of the way full with chocolate batter. 
    Four ramekins with Carnival Cruise Melting Chocolate Cake batter.
  • Bake for 14 minutes. You may need to add an extra few minutes of baking time depending on your elevation. The cake should be cake spongy on the top but the middle of the cake should be melty and gooey-the consistency of pudding, not too runny. Do not let it overcook. Watch these babies closely! 
    Four ramekins on a round pan with baked Carnival Cruise Melting Chocolate Cake. Powdered sugar on the side.
  • Once cooled, sprinkle cakes lightly with powdered sugar.
    Four ramekins of baked Carnival Cruise Melting Chocolate Cake dusted with powdered sugar.
  • Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.
    Three ramekins of Carnival Cruise Melting Chocolate Cake dusted with powdered sugar. Vanilla ice cream on the side.

Notes

  • Do not overbake! It is supposed to be spongy and cake-y on top but gooey and melty in the middle.
  • After 14 minutes, be sure to keep checking it. You don’t want it to be cake-y all the way through, nor do you want it to be too runny.
  • Use your good judgement for doneness because oven temps and elevations are different for everyone. If you are worried about it, keep doing the “toothpick test” every minute or so.
  • If you put the toothpick all the way down to the bottom and the bottom half of the toothpick DOESN’T come out clean, you did it right.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 724kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 9gFat: 49gSaturated Fat: 33gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 256mgSodium: 373mgPotassium: 294mgFiber: 1gSugar: 49gVitamin A: 1305IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 139mgIron: 2mg

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Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her three beautiful girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. I haven’t made it yet. When I was on a cruise over 10 years ago the chef got me the recipe. I lost it. I do remember it called for 11 eggs! I remember that because it seemed an odd number. Obviously it must have been double this recipe at least. Looking forward to trying this one. Thanks.

  2. 5 stars
    This is the easiest and most delicious cake we’ve ever had. A dollop of fresh whipped cream and it’s heaven. Thank you

  3. Easy and absolutely delicious. So delicious in fact that my husband would have eaten all four portions had I not intervened 😋. Making more right now😁

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve made these before and they are delicious. Would it be possible to mix this ahead and put it in the ramekins and then cook them later? I would refrigerate until cooking time, of course. I want to do them for Christmas dinner but would like to be able to pop them in the oven while the main meal is being served.

  5. Don’t use chocolate chips. Invest in real chocolate bars. Carnival’s recipe from a chef’s private seating is slightly different and has 7 eggs.

    1. I was given the recipe while on a cruise and I remember it having 11 eggs. I wish I hadn’t lost it. I would have had to cut it down and make less so this might be ok. I do remember it using chocolate and not chips

  6. 5 stars
    My favorite cruising dessert!!! I asked for recipe…they shared…but it was for 200!?!

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe is right on! I had to use Nestle chocolate, which was only 53% coacoa, but they came out DELICIOUS. I am in Texas and left them in for 18 minutes- that was too long. I think for me 15 minutes would have been perfect. I was trying to wait for the top to look done, but they continue to “cook” even after you take them out. They were still amazing!!! My boys devoured, so this will be a staple in my kitchen. Thanks!

  8. 4 stars
    The recipes doesn’t state when to add the vanilla. Luckily the video shows when to add….to the eggs and sugar prior to flour. Maybe should update recipe. Can’t wait to try!

  9. 5 stars
    Holy cannoli, this is delicious. I’m hesitant to admit that I’ve made it three times this week… but you all deserve to know. I didn’t have ramekins so I put the batter in muffin tins and reduced the time to 10 minutes. I thought it’d make for better portion sizes but my husband and I ended up eating three at a time anyways. Thank you for this life changing recipe, but darn you for making me come face to face with my lack of self control. Five stars for sure.

    1. You can substitute gluten free all-purpose flour in this recipe. The rule of thumb I use is substitute the flour 1:1 and add one teaspoon of xanthan gum.

    1. I wouldn’t recommend it. They are much better when they are warm out of the oven. Thank you for asking!

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