Melissa Clark's Instant Pot Chocolate-Bourbon Lava Cakes

October 13, 2018

Test Kitchen-Approved

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

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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2 Reviews

Erin January 13, 2019
These sound amazing. I wonder if you can give instructions for traditional baking to feed a crowd?
garlic&lemon January 7, 2019
I made these a few days ago for a dinner in which 3 of us with new or fairly new Instant Pots got together and made different things. The dinner and comparing of tips and tricks was loads of delicious fun. We all decided that these were the best Lava Cakes any of us had ever had. We served them with vanilla gelato. 3 of the cakes were the perfect done-ness, while 1 of them was a little gushy. However, the guy with the extra soft one ate every little bit with rave reviews, no complaints. I do not know how to leave 5*** for this recipe, but it totally deserves them!