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Microwave chocolate lava cake recipe

Microwave chocolate lava cake recipe

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For a last minute dinner party dessert or a super easy treat to satisfy those chocolate cravings, try this speedy lava cake that's simply made in the microwave. With a rich chocolate sponge and oozy chocolate spread centre, it's a gorgeously gooey decadent dessert. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins to prepare and 5 mins to cook
  • 377 calories / serving
  • Vegetarian


  • 6 tbsp milk
  • 6 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 7 tbsp self-raising flour
  • 6 tbsp caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp chocolate spread
  • icing sugar, to dust
  • Tesco Finest Madagascan vanilla ice cream, to serve (optional)
No self-raising flour? Add 2 tsp baking powder for every 150g plain flour

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    21g 30%
  • Saturates

    4g 19%
  • Sugars

    25g 28%
  • Salt

    0.3g 5%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 45.7g Protein 4.6g Fibre 0.8g


  1. Put the milk, sunflower oil, vanilla, flour, caster sugar, cocoa powder and baking powder into a jug and whisk for 2 mins until well combined. Set aside.
  2. Line a microwave-safe bowl (about 12cm deep and 12cm wide) with clingfilm, ensuring it hangs over the side by at least 1cm.
  3. Pour one-third of the batter into the bowl and microwave on high* for 1 min 15 secs. Set aside for 1 min.
  4. Pour the rest of the batter into the bowl, then spoon the chocolate spread on top. Microwave on high for 2 mins 45 secs, then leave to stand for 2 mins.
  5. Place a plate over the bowl and carefully invert the bowl onto the plate. Tap the bowl and carefully remove with the clingfilm. Dust the cake with the icing sugar and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if you like.

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*Timings are based on a 800w microwave and will vary depending on your device

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