Chocolate Lava Cake

Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe

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Certainly, there is more than one way to bake a cake, but this technique is unlike most. Don’t worry, it’s not any more involved than a typical cake, and the hot fudge like sauce that is created in the process is totally worth putting the box cake aside and giving it a shot!

Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe

Yield: 12 servings


  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 2 cups buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp Grand Marnier
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups brown sugar, divided
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 cups boiling water


Preheat your Yoder Smokers YS640 to 375°F. Melt the butter and chocolate together in the microwave. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, 1 cup of the brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to break up any clumps.

Whisk the buttermilk and Grand Marnier into the melted chocolate, then pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients, and stir until combined. Stir in chocolate chips, then spread the batter into a greased Lodge Logic 12” cast iron skillet.

Combine the remaining (1 cup) brown sugar with the cocoa powder, and sprinkle the mixture evenly over the batter.

Carefully pour the boiling water over the top. Transfer to the cooker and bake for about 30-45 minutes until the center is firm to the touch.

Serve warm with ice cream, spooning the sauce from the pan over the cake.

Combining batter ingredientsCombining batter ingredients

It starts normal enough; forming a cake batter and placing it in a greased pan (which for us is almost always a Lodge cast iron skillet). The batter is then topped with a mixture of brown sugar and cocoa powder.

Pouring the bowling water on topPouring the bowling water on top

And now things get weird. Water is boiled and poured over the whole thing. Seriously. This isn’t a prank.

Coming off the grillComing off the grill

As the cake does its normal cake baking thing, the water, brown sugar and cocoa form something like a hot fudge sauce in the bottom of the pan. And hot fudge is GOOD!

Topped with ice creamTopped with ice cream

When you serve this, serve it warm. And get all the way down there, because the best part is in the bottom of the pan. Also, ice cream is just a necessity. Enjoy!

Served with ice-creamServed with ice-cream

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