Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cake

Reese's has nothing on the ooey gooey glory of this oh-so-decadent chocolate peanut butter lava cake.


  • For the peanut butter sauce:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • For the lava cakes:
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon dark cocoa powder, sifted
  • 8 tablespoons smooth peanut butter


  1. Peanut butter sauce:
  2. In a small saucepan, combine all peanut butter sauce ingredients and cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool.
  3. Lava cakes:
  4. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. With one tablespoon of butter, grease four 1-cup ramekins or cake molds well.
  5. In a medium heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water, melt chocolate and remaining butter, stirring occasionally.
  6. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, yolks and sugar until combined, then add the flour and cocoa powder. Add the chocolate mixture and mix until well combined.
  7. Spoon an eighth of the chocolate mixture into each mold, then make a well in the batter and spoon 2 tablespoons of peanut butter into the center of each. Cover with the remaining chocolate mixture, and place all 4 molds on a sturdy baking sheet. Bake for about 13 minutes, or until sides are set but the center of the cakes retain a bit of a jiggle.
  8. Turn out cakes as quickly as possible, top with peanut butter sauce, dust with cocoa powder and serve immediately. It is important to serve lava cakes before they cool so the center will remain liquid.