Instant Pot

Melissa Clark's Instant Pot Chocolate-Bourbon Lava Cakes

October 13, 2018
6 Ratings
Photo by Christopher Testani
Author Notes

Reprinted from Comfort in an Instant. Copyright © 2018 by Melissa Clark. Photographs copyright © 2018 by Christopher Testani. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC. —Food52

Test Kitchen Notes

Featured in: 10 Surprising Things You Can Make in Your Instant Pot. —The Editors

  • Makes 4 individual cakes
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, plus more for the ramekins
  • 6 ounces bittersweet (65% to 74% cacao) chocolate, chopped (or use chips)
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3 large eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon or vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Flaky sea salt, for serving
  • Crème fraîche, sour cream, or ice cream, for serving
In This Recipe
  1. In a microwave safe medium bowl, melt the butter with the chocolate (or do this in a small saucepan over low heat). Meanwhile, butter four 6-ounce ramekins.
  2. To the bowl with the butter/chocolate mixture, add the confectioners’ sugar and salt and whisk until cool to the touch. Whisk in the whole eggs and egg yolk, followed by the bourbon and flour. Distribute the mixture evenly among the four ramekins. Cover each with aluminum foil.
  3. Pour 1 cup water into the pressure cooker pot. Place a steamer rack/trivet at the bottom of the pot. Stack the ramekins on the rack. You should be able to fit three on the bottom with the fourth placed on top in the center.
  4. Lock the lid into place and cook on high pressure for 9 minutes. Manually release the pressure.
  5. With tongs, remove the ramekins from the pot and allow them to sit for 3 minutes, still covered with foil. Then remove the foil and run a knife around the edge of each cake. Flip each cake onto a serving plate. Sprinkle with sea salt and top with crème fraîche or ice cream, if you like. Serve immediately.

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