Air Fryer Molten Chocolate Lava Cake

So luscious and full of chocolate deliciousness this Molten Chocolate Lava Cake is quick and easy to make! Now you can make your favorite restaurant version right at your home and in the air fryer!

We’ve bought an air fryer months ago, I believe during the height of the pandemic. I wanted to see what the fuss was all about.

At first, I wasn’t entirely sure if it was worth getting it or if I would even use it since I already have a conventional oven, instant pot, and slow cooker. Did I really need to add another cooking appliance to all that?

To help me decide, I made an informal poll on my personal Facebook page and asked my friends what they thought of buying an air fryer and what brand they would recommend if any.

I was surprised that many actually responded to my query and told me about the type of air fryer I should get. There were also some vocal objectors and thought it was redundant and a regular oven would be enough for my needs.

Some said they didn’t like the idea that you still had to shake the air fryer basket in the midst of cooking. They thought it was too much effort!!! I was totally amused by that reasoning!

At any rate, I listened more to the majority who all highly recommended getting an air fryer! 

I definitely did not regret the decision and even wondered – why only now did I decide to get this miracle worker (or at least a very efficient assistant in the kitchen!). I wasn’t bothered that occasionally  I had to shake, shake, shake the basket (only 1-2 shakes are enough actually!) because in deep frying with oil – you actually need to move things around too so food cooks evenly! It wasn’t even any huge effort at all!

I’ve cooked so many things in the air fryer – from fries, to bread of many types, even donuts, pork belly, chicken and so much more and I’m always happy with the results. Most of all, no tons of oil are needed so it’s healthier and in fact, food tastes good, too. Win-win indeed.

I especially love to use it for reheating left-over pizza and ribs! So good!

Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day,  I decided to make something for my hubby. I thought I would try to make one of his favorite desserts in the air fryer – Molten Chocolate Lava Cake! It’s been a while since he had this dessert and I thought this informal holiday would be the perfect occasion for this!

As you can see in the photos, it came out perfectly! And oh how delicious it was, too! The first couple of photos show that I used a heart-shaped mold appropriate for the occasion. I also made it using regular ramekins and they both came out yummy with that melted chocolate oozing out of the hot cake!

Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or not, this is must-make dessert when you suddenly have a strong chocolate craving! It doesn’t take long to prep and since you are using the air fryer – baking is even quicker!

No air fryer? No problem. You can make the chocolate lava cake in a conventional oven. Find the recipe here.

Air Fryer Molten Chocolate Lava Cake

Manila Spoon
So luscious and full of chocolate deliciousness this Molten Chocolate Lava Cake is quick and easy to make! Now you can make your favorite restaurant version right at your home and in the air fryer!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 5 oz dark or milk chocolate bar (your choice), chopped or broken in pieces
  • ½ cup (1 stick) salted butter, sliced into several pieces
  • 1 cup confectioner’s or powdered Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 6 tbsp flour


  • Preheat air fryer to 380 F. Grease or spray about 4 custard molds/cups or ramekins with a non-stick spray. You may also dust the ramekins with some cocoa powder.
  • In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the broken chocolate and butter slices. Microwave on high power in 30-second intervals, stirring well in between just until chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
  • No microwave? Simply melt the butter and chocolate using the double boiler method. If doing the double boiler method, place the butter and chocolate in a stainless steel bowl above a saucepan with barely simmering water. Make sure the bowl does not touch the water. Let the chocolate and butter melt. Mix until smooth.
  • Add the powdered or confectioner’s sugar then whisk together until smooth. Add the 2 eggs and the 2 egg yolks then whisk together again until smooth.  Stir in the flour just until combined.
  • Divide the chocolate batter evenly among the 4 custard molds or ramekins. Bake in the preheated air fryer for about 9-11 minutes, or until the sides are firm but still soft in the center. Air fryer brands vary in their heating so adjust timing accordingly.
  • Let cool for about 2 minutes (set the timer so you won’t forget!). Thereafter, invert the cakes onto serving plates. They should release very quickly. Serve with ice cream on top and drizzle with extra chocolate sauce, if desired. Enjoy right away!


You can use baking chocolate or chocolate chips if that is what you prefer for easier measurement, but trust me real eating chocolate is much better. I use dark chocolate because we prefer bittersweet chocolate but use the brand or level of sweetness you prefer. 
Inverting the ramekins to release the cake after 2 minutes ensures that the lava oozes out like melted chocolate from the cake. In my experience, if the cake is left too long in the ramekin or mold,  the chocolate lava won’t flow as smoothly though it should still taste good!
No air fryer? No problem. You can make the chocolate lava cake in a conventional oven. Find the recipe here. 
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Last updated on February 8th, 2022 at 08:19 pm



  1. Andrea
    February 18, 2021 / 6:31 pm

    5 stars
    Never knew you could make a cake in an air fryer. This is so fabulous and looks super delicious!

  2. Bintu | Budget Delicious
    February 18, 2021 / 7:01 pm

    5 stars
    This looks like such a decadent and delicious dessert, my mouth is watering at the thought of it! Definitely giving this Air Fryer Molten Chocolate Lava Cake a go in my air fryer asap!

  3. Tara
    February 18, 2021 / 7:38 pm

    5 stars
    Oh wow! The texture on the molten chocolate lava cake looks absolutely amazing with the help of the air fryer. I have actually had one on the list for years, but still haven’t gotten one. Looks like I definitely need to!

  4. Beth
    February 18, 2021 / 7:50 pm

    5 stars
    This Air Fryer Molten Chocolate Lava Cake looks so yummy!

  5. Dolly @ Little Home in the Making
    February 18, 2021 / 8:14 pm

    5 stars
    We have an air fryer, but I’ve honestly not used it very much at all. I’m really surprised to hear that you can make a dessert in it! These lava cakes look absolutely delicious! Such a lovely no-oven way to prepare a dessert.

  6. Pam
    May 29, 2022 / 3:42 pm

    Curious, my air fryer has different settings, like Air Fry and Bake. Which one do I use. My fryer came without instructions.

    • abigail
      May 31, 2022 / 11:56 am

      I have always used my air fryer for air fryer settings and I don’t know your appliance so I won’t be able to answer that because each appliance operates differently. Maybe you can try the recipe in the air fryer setting if you like as the temperature used here is for air frying.

  7. Val
    December 21, 2022 / 2:47 am

    There no mention of what air fryer temperature.

    • abigail
      December 22, 2022 / 7:32 pm

      It’s actually written on the recipe – Preheat air fryer to 380 F. Hope this helps.

5 from 5 votes

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