If it works, Instant Pot Chocolate Lava Cake has a gooey chocolate center (mine didn’t) and a hint of coffee. With minimal ingredients and short preparation time, this dessert is super quick and easy to make. There’s no need to turn on your oven to get a delicious and decadent dessert when you have an Instant Pot!

Instant Pot Chocolate Lava Cake




  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter cut into pieces
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate chopped
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Grease the bottom and sides of four 6 ounce ramekins. Coat each with sugar.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl, microwave butter and chocolate on medium heat for about 1 minute. Stir and repeat heating at 15-second intervals, until the chocolate is melted and smooth but a few small pieces of chocolate still remain. Keep stirring to allow the chocolate to completely melt in the residual heat.
  3. Stir in powdered sugar.
  4. Whisk in eggs, yolks, coffee and vanilla.
  5. Stir in flour and salt.
  6. Divide batter among the ramekins.
  7. Pour 2 cups water into the Instant Pot’s main compartment (inner pot) and place trivet in water.
  8. Place 3 ramekins on the trivet and place 1 more on top of them, in the middle (staggered). Close the Instant Pot. Make sure the steam release handle is in the ‘Sealing’ position.
  9. Cook on ‘Manual’ (or ‘Pressure Cook’) for 4 to 7 minutes.*
  10. Do a Quick Release of steam and open the Instant Pot.
  11. Use the trivet to remove the ramekins. Gently dab off any condensation from the surface of the cake.
  12. Dust the Instant Pot chocolate lava cakes with powdered sugar.
  13. Serve warm and enjoy!

* The pressure cook time for this recipe can vary based on model of Instant Pot. If you’re doing this for the first time, you might want to try 4 minutes and if the lava cakes are under cooked, pressure cook them for another 1 to 2 minutes. I tried at 7 minutes and 5 minutes and both times were slightly too long. This recipe is all about finding the right time for your situation (elevation, Instant Pot size, etc).

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