Warm Chocolate Melting Cake

4.64 from 19 votes

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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!