Nutella Lava Cake

Duration: 35 mins

Serves: 6

I am one of those people who’s happy with a jar of Nutella, a bar of dark chocolate and some ice-cream. I can literally survive on these for days. So when all three come together in a bowl for me, you can see me grinning ear to ear!

It is believed that back in 1987, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the chef-owner of JoJo restaurant in New York, accidentally pulled out a chocolate sponge cake out of the oven too quickly and discovered a runny centre. Well, don’t we love these happy accidents that end in pure indulgence?


  • 30g dark chocolate
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 10 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup icing sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp amaretto
  • Ice-cream or whipped cream – optional


  • Preheat oven to 220ºC.
  • Prepare the ramekins.
  • Melt the dark chocolate, Nutella and butter in a double broiler.
  • Add the all-purpose flour and icing sugar to the chocolate mix.
  • Slowly stir in eggs and egg yolks until smooth.
  • Add vanilla extract and amaretto.
  • Divide the batter equally among the prepared ramekins. Bake in the oven for 15 mins or so.
  • Do not over bake. You want the edges to be firm, yet the centre to be gooey.
  • Serve it with ice-cream, strawberries or whipped cream – whatever your heart desires.