Warm Chocolate Melting Cake

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Have you tried the Carnival Cruise Line Warm Chocolate Melting Cake? If you’ve been on a Carnival Cruise, you know how amazing it is. If not, you can indulge in this decadent chocolate melting cake at home.

Carnival Cruise Line Warm Chocolate Melting Cake in a small white bowl with powdered sugar being scooped out on a spoon.

Carnival Cruise Line Warm Chocolate Melting Cake

The Warm Chocolate Melting Cake has got to be the most popular dessert on a Carnival Cruise. If you don’t believe us, see the comments below. It is a rich chocolate cake with a warm, pudding-like, chocolate center. On the cruise it is served in individual ramekins that are the perfect size for one serving. Try it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped topping.

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!

Recipe Tips for Chocolate Melting Cake

  • 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.

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How To Make Carnival Cruise Line Warm Chocolate Melting Cake

Carnival Cruise Line Warm Chocolate Melting Cake in a small white bowl with powdered sugar being scooped out on a spoon.

Carnival Cruise Line Warm Chocolate Melting Cake

4.64 from 19 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 mins
Cook Time 14 mins
Total Time 29 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4



  • Whisk
  • 7 ounce Ramekins
  • Sauce pan



  • Preheat oven to 375-degrees. 
  • Melt chocolate and butter in a small saucepan, cool 10 minutes. 
  • In the meantime, in a separate bowl, whisk eggs and sugar together. 
  • Add vanilla and flour and whisk until flour is well mixed in. 
  • When chocolate has cooled stir in egg mixture.
  • Fill 7 oz. ramekins about ¾ of the way full with chocolate 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! 
  • Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 724kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 9gFat: 49gSaturated Fat: 33gCholesterol: 256mgSodium: 403mgPotassium: 285mgFiber: 1gSugar: 49gVitamin A: 1300IUCalcium: 137mgIron: 1.6mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three 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. 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.

  2. 5 stars
    My favorite cruising dessert!!! I asked for recipe…they shared…but it was for 200!?!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 5 stars
    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🤩🤩🤩

      1. I don’t know if you would get the same result if you used an egg substitute. If you search “eggless lava cake” online, you can find vegan recipes for a similar melting cake without eggs.

  7. 5 stars
    I finally went on a carnival cruise and ordered the carnival melting chocolate cake and feel in love with them never tasted something so good going to try to make them here hit you know the saying never going to taste like someone else does I hope so cause it going to he a while before I can save enough money to go again on another cruise thanks for posting the recipe.

    1. Let us know what you think of them! We think they taste the same. Just close your eyes and pretend you are in the Caribbean 🙂

  8. I was working in a Carnival cruiseline for almost 10 yrs. I got married and i decided to stop to be with my child. I love to bake and i’ved been trying to find the recipe of this melting cake which i saved in my hard drive but couldn’t found. I am so happy when i saw this recipe. Im so excited to try. Thank you for posting this recipe

    1. Hi!!! I would love to know if it tasted the same as on the ship when you made it at home!?!? I’ve made some other carnival melting cakes that tasted great-but did not resemble carnivals melting cake! Please tell me 😍😍😍

      1. It tasted BETTER than it did on the ship! I live in TN. I have an electric stove. I also couldn’t find 7oz ramekins so I used 9oz, and this recipe filled four nearly perfect. I sent my husband and son to the store for chocolate chips, they bought Nestle Toll house dark chocolate. I made certain the eggs were room temperature and followed the directions EXACTLY. 15 minutes later we had a perfect version to share with the kids (who didn’t get to go on the cruise). My husband says they were better❤️

      1. Low carb diet, but I am going to try the recipe with the flour, just use Swerve instead of the sugar.

  9. I have never had these. Just wondered – are these served right out of the oven, or should you wait until they have cooled off to serve? Thank you!

  10. My son had this for dessert every night when we were on our cruise. I just loved it as well. So glad you posted the recipe, now I can try to make it at home.

  11. Just made this with my daughter and it is delicious. Being English we served it with custard, delicious!!! Thank you for sharing, Mazza and Anni-Mae.

  12. We just got back from a cruise on the ship “Carnival Freedom” and my husband took a tour of the ship and asked for the recipe which they gave him in the Galley and the one I have has no mention of vanilla. This cake has the flavor of Coa Coa gravy that my mother in-law used to make and everyone loved it! I will use the recipe I have and see how it turns out. Thanks for sharing I think everyone needs some of this in their life! 🙂

  13. We too have been on Carnival many times and absolutely love this dessert. What type of butter are you using, real, margarine, no salt, sweet? Thank you so much for posting the recipe.

  14. I used Scharffen Berger 62% petite baking squares, semisweet and these were awesome, but they took almost twice the time to bake. I went the 14 min then about 9 more till they were perfect.

  15. I tried this yesterday but a different recipe and it got over cooked. I live in Colorado so there is high altitude. What do you suggest for temp wise? Also my ramekins are four ounce.. And do we have to put the egg mixture into the chocolate mixture that’s in the pan? Can I actually put the chocolate mixture in the egg mixture? And mix it until it’s evenly spread right? I’m so not a baker but I’ve been craving carnival cruise molten lava cake for two years… Please and thank you!!

    1. If you are at a high altitude you might actually have to cook it LONGER… I would keep the temp the same unless your oven typically bakes hot. If your ramekins are smaller you will need to reduce the time. Yes, you can put the chocolate in the egg mixture. 🙂 Hope all this helps!

    1. If it were me, I would probably decrease the time a little bit (probably not too much). Just keep an eye on it and make sure it doesn’t get over-done.

  16. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!! I went on a New Year’s Carnival cruise for my honeymoon, last year, and our waiter knew to bring this every night…I have, literally, never tasted anything better!! I can’t wait to try it! 🙂

  17. 5 stars
    Just curious when to add the vanilla? I made this and it turned out delicious but then I realized I had pulled the vanilla out and then never added it because I missed it in the instructions. I’m assuming you add it to the eggs and sugar but I wanted to double check for next time. Great recipe, thank you for sharing!

  18. 2 stars
    I, too had these on my recent cruise on the Triumph. I found the recipe on Pinterest but it is exactly like this one. I baked them at 375 for 17 minutes. While they looked gooey in the middle they weren’t.
    I found another recipe that claims to be authentic but it states to bake at 390 (What? I don’t have that temp on my oven) and the amounts of ingredients are way different. I think I’ll bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
    Neither of the recipes tells you how much to fill the Ramekins. I have 8 oz. cups. Should I fill 1/2 or 3/4?
    I’ll change my rating if I can get it to turn out right.

    1. You want them to be about 2/3 full– check them often after 14 minutes using the toothpick test.. You do NOT want the toothpick coming out clean. You want about half of portion of the toothpick that was stuck in to be gooey

  19. 3 stars
    I made this for Valentine’s Day yesterday but my husband said the chocolate didn’t taste the same. On Carnival it was a lot richer tasting and my husband thinks they used chocolate syrup in it as well. I remember it was too rich for me but he had it every night. The recipe calls for dark chocolate but doesn’t specify, sweet, semi-sweet, no sugar, etc. nor does it specify the cocoa content such as 60% which is what I used as opposed to Scharffenberger which is 90% cocoa. All of this makes a big difference to the end result as 90% would produce a much richer but less sweet chocolate. As far as I was concerned, it was just right for me but not for him although he liked it.

    Our next cruise is on Princess to Hawaii in April so I won’t be able to ask them until next January when we cruise to Puerto Rico. I used Giardelli’s bittersweet chocolate which is 60% cocoa which is not that strong. I did leave the pudding in the oven a little too long (my oven is a bit out of wack) but there was still plenty of gooey chocolate to eat. My hubby said to only put one egg in it instead of two as it waters down the chocolate. At 1000 calories a pop I’m not sure I’ll be making this that often anyway!

    1. 4 stars
      The same thing happened with my husband! Did you ever find out what kind of chocolate they use? Did one less egg help?

  20. Just made this for my wife, as an early Valentine’s Supper! She said that it is Restaurant quality, and definitely reminded us of our Cruise. ( where we had way too many )
    Thank you for this posting

  21. After the chocolate has cooled and you add in the egg mixture to the chocolate, what do you do? Do you combine the chocolate and egg mixture with the flour mixture? Maybe I missed it but it seems like there is a step missing somewhere.

  22. Okay, I have a recipe that I got off of the Carnival website a couple of years back and it is not the same as this recipe at all, but it never seems to work quite right, so I’ll definitely be giving this recipe a try!

  23. I would like to know if this dessert can be made in a regular cake pan ?? I would love to make this for family gathering but feel the ramekins would be to hard to transport..please help

    1. It won’t turn out the same– for the right consistency it has to be in ramekins 🙁 you can try it though and let us know how it turns out!

    2. I agree that I don’t think it would work as a full size cake but I have seen a recipe for such. I just don’t remember where. Google it or go to Pinterest and you may find it.

  24. No comment just a question can this dessert be made made in a regular cake pan instead of the ramekins ???? would love to make this and take to family gathering…

    1. I don’t think it would be the same if you made it in a cake pan. The consistency you wouldn’t be right. You are welcome to try it though! If you do, please come back and let us know how it turns out

  25. Very nice looking :-Full Melt chocolates are organic fair trade premier brand of medicated chocolate bars.
    full melt chocolates are too delicious.
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  26. This is one of my favorite desserts! Being a self confessed chocoholic. On my last cruise with Carnival (September 2014) we asked our server if he knew the nutritional information for the melting cake. He came back and told us that each serving , not including the ice cream, was almost 1000 calories. It’s a 1000 calories of pure heaven as far as I’m concerned.

      1. 5 stars
        I had chocolate melting cake every night of my Carnival Cruise recently to the Caribbean and came home lost 5 pounds! I didn’t starve myself or deprive myself in anyway. Those shore excursions and so much to do on the ship even on sea days (which we had 2 extra because of weather :/ ) I walked 3-5 miles and skip the elevators, always opt for the stairs, you waste A LOT Of time waiting for elevators and on shore days we walked anywhere from 5-9 miles. Of course depending on your excursion…. but if you go to see any ruins, even shopping most things include a walk. When you’re on board take advantage of the running track and the wonderful Caribbean air. Running in 75 degrees was blissful, especially when I came home and it was 18 degrees! Love that cake, thanks for sharing!!

        1. How fun! We just got back from a Royal Cruise and I was so excited when I found I didn’t gain any extra pounds lol
          You are right, all that walking and swimming helps burn the added calories!

          1. We don’t have a recipe, but I think you can get there with some substitutions! You can use sugar free chocolate chips and an artificial sweetener like Stevia!

  27. I just got back from a Carnival cruise to Alaska 2 weeks ago. This was the best dessert on the ship. I ordered it 3 times. I can’t wait to surprise my husband and make this!

  28. THANK YOU for posting this recipe. I made these for desert after Easter dinner and they were PERFECT. I doubled the recipe and had more than enough batter to fill 8 ramekins. Tasted just like the ones I have had on board. I used Baker’s semi sweet baking chocolate. An easy recipe that is a sure fire success!

    1. Karen– so glad you liked them! Aren’t they EASY?! I find myself making them more than I probably should 😉

          1. She was asking do you use plain or self-rising flour? We enjoyed this cake every night on our cruise. We will be making this for Christmas…

          2. …I was Was needing to know if I can completely make them the day before and just heat them in microwave when I want to serve them

          3. I can’t say for sure because I have never tried it this way but my gut instinct is telling me “no”. If you microwave them I am guessing you won’t get that gooey delicious center. Hope this helps!

  29. Is it possible to make these ahead of time, and then pop in the oven during dinner? I just came back from a cruise and just knew I’d find a recipe for them somewhere.

      1. 5 stars
        Yes the re-heat fabulously in the micro for 30 seconds. I’ve made them the day before for dinner parties. You’d never know…

  30. We have been on 3 cruises and I found several recipes and changed them a bit to make my own. I’m anxious to compare and see how close I got to it. Thanks.

  31. I also have traveled on many cruises and carnivals melting cake is the best. I asked the maître d for the recipe and he gave it to me! Haven’t made it yet.

  32. I just posted on fb my excitement of this recipe as well-but I did also want to say that we also booked with getaway today (just thinking it was the best deal we could find) and they completely took care of everything-and were simply THE best! You really do basically get a travel agent without the travel agent costs. We will definitely be using them in the future as well. Thanks again for posting this recipe and for getaway for sharing it! 🙂

  33. My neighbor just gave me this recipe saturday, they had just got home from a cruise, and they were given this recipe from the Chef’s table. the only differet is theirs said 1.5oz sugar, where as yours is 6oz. I think I will try your recipe, you just never know…. I enjoy your blog, come here weekly.

  34. You are my hero!!! I have been on 6 Carnival cruises and I always order the chocolate melting cake every night. I have been trying to find this recipe!! They serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but I always ask for chocolate and they bring out two scoops. Thank you for posting this!!

    1. Yay! I am so excited that YOU are so excited. I am not kidding, I have made this 3 times in the last 3 days. haha I am tempted to book a Carnival cruise just so I can have this every night!