Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cakes

Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cakes gives the feel of a 5-star restaurant in the comfort of your own home! Delicious, indulgent, and shockingly simple! I always feel like such a chef when I make this fun and easy dessert.

Chocolate lava cakes on a plate with peanut butter oozing out

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cakes

So what are they? These decadent little cakes are like the most intense and delicious chocolate cake you’ll ever eat but with added peanut butter!

They have a soft and spongey exterior and a gooey, molten chocolate peanut butter center, so delicious!

Prepping the Ramekins

Prepping the ramekins so you can easily remove the lava cakes is super important, I mean unless you plan on eating it straight from the ramekin (no judging here).

To prepare the ramekins simply lightly coat them in a little olive oil (you can also use butter) and grease the inside like you would any other cake tin but keep it light!

Next, dust the inside with a mixture of flour and cocoa powder, you might have done this before when making cakes.

This gives the ramekins an extra lining to stop any cake batter sticking, they’ll slide right out (see photo below). Prepared ramekins for making chocolate lava cakes

How to Make Chocolate Lava Cakes with Peanut Butter

First, melt butter and chocolate together in a saucepan and set aside to cool.

Melted chocolate in a pot for making lava cakes

Mix the peanut butter filling with powdered sugar and melted butter.

Peanut butter filling in a bowl for lava cakes

Whisk the eggs and sugar together until thick and pale yellow.

Eggs and sugar getting whisked in a bowl

Stir in the chocolate until no streaks remain then fold in the flour.

Chocolate lava cake batter in bowl

Divide 2/3 of the mixture between four ramekins then add a big spoonful of peanut butter. Top with more chocolate and bake.

Chocolate lava cakes in ramekins ready for the oven

Once you take them out of the oven, try your best to refrain from eating them right out of the ramekins let them cool for about 10 minutes and then flip them over. More detailed instructions are in the recipe card below, but they should come out pretty easily and create a nice little cake. So darn cute.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar, or top with vanilla ice cream, and go to town. Inside this sweet little cake lies creamy amazing peanut butter. It’s like a big peanut butter cup. Heaven.

How to Know Lava Cakes are Done?

These cakes don’t take long at all to bake (pretty much like cupcakes) they only take 14-16 minutes.

To tell if they are done or not you should see a crispy and cracked top with a jiggly middle. If you stick a toothpick 1/2 inch into the cake it should come out clean (any deeper will be wet).

Should You Serve these Warm or Cold?

Lava cakes should always be served warm to ensure that flowing ooey gooey center. They are absolutely delicious and super decadent, serving them cold just wouldn’t be the same.

A close up of a chocolate lava cake with peanut butter oozing out

Top Tips for Making Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cakes

  • Prepare the ramekins as shown to prevent the cakes sticking
  • Feel free to choose another nut butter for this dessert
  • Make sure to let the cakes cool for 10 minutes before removing from the ramekins
  • Serve with powdered sugar (ice cream is also a great option)

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