Vegan Chocolate Lava Cakes from The Little Book of Vegan Bakes by Holly Jade

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About these Vegan Chocolate Lava Cakes

My chocolate lava cakes are the definition of melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness, with their rich chocolate sponge and gooey molten cores. My recipe is fairly easy to make, and I’m sure you’ll absolutely ‘lava’ the mouthwatering result!

You could enjoy these as a festive dessert and set them alight with some vegan-friendly brandy, then serve them with your favourite dairy-free cream, ice cream or fresh berries. These are great to serve a crowd: simply double the recipe if you’ve got more people to feed.

Vegan Chocolate Lava Cakes from The Little Book of Vegan Bakes by Holly Jade

Vegan Chocolate Lava Cakes

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These chocolate lava cakes are great to serve a crowd: simply double the recipe if you’ve got more people to feed.
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Author: Holly Jade | The Little Blog of Vegan
Servings: 3 servings


  • Coconut oil melted, for greasing
  • 120 g ¾ cup plus 3 ⅓ tablespoons plain flour
  • 110 g ¾ cup plus 2½ tablespoons icing sugar
  • 30 g ¼ cup cocoa powder, plus extra to decorate
  • ½ tablespoon instant ground coffee
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 small ripe banana
  • 120 ml ½ cup dairy-free milk
  • ½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • Chocolate filling
  • 120 g ¾ cup dairy-free chocolate, broken into chunks


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C fan/200°C/400°F/gas mark 6. Grease 3 individual 10 x 7.5cm (4 x 2in) ramekins with coconut oil.
  • Sift the flour, icing sugar, cocoa powder, coffee, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a medium-sized bowl and mix to combine.
  • In a separate bowl, mash the banana, then add the milk, apple cider vinegar and vanilla bean paste. Whisk to combine.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry and fold together – don’t over-mix! Divide half of the batter between the ramekins, then carefully press a third of the chocolate chunks into the centre of each ramekin. Spoon the remaining batter over the chocolate chunks until they are completely hidden. You don’t want to overfill them as the sponge will rise in the ramekins.
  • Place the ramekins on a baking tray and place the tray in the centre of the oven. Bake for 20–25 minutes. Once baked, carefully run a knife around the edge of each ramekin to help loosen the sponge.
  • Place a plate on top of each ramekin in turn, flip upside down, then lift off the ramekin. Serve the cakes with a dusting of cocoa powder, along with dairy-free cream, ice cream and fresh berries (optional). The chocolate will be runny while the sponge is hot, but will become less so as it cools, so these are best enjoyed straight from the oven.


If the cakes cool too much before serving, revive them by briefly warming them in the oven or microwave.
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Vegan Chocolate Lava Cakes from The Little Book of Vegan Bakes by Holly Jade

Extracted from The Little Book of Vegan Bakes by Holly Jade (Ebury Press, £20).

Click here to order your copy.

About the Author

Holly Jade is the creator of the three-time award-winning vegan baking blog The Little Blog of Vegan. Her work is regularly featured in magazines and online in places such as Huffington Post, Sainsbury’s online, and BBC Good Food Magazine.

About the Book

Discover how to bake show-stopping, mouth-watering, heart-warming, incredibly delicious vegan cakes and bakes at home with Holly Jade.

Recipes range from the simple (Chocolate Orange Fridge Fudge, Cookies and Cream Cupcakes and Peanut Butter Flapjacks) to the more ambitious (Honeycomb Doughnuts, Cherry Bakewell Tartlets, and No-bake Biscoff Cheesecake) making this a book for anyone and any ability. Including essential step-by-step guides to icing and decorating, Holly gives you all the ingredients to take your vegan baking to the next level.

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