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Vegan Spiced Lava Cake

A traditional chocolate lava cake with the warmth of Mexican hot chocolate — it's the perfect balance between rich, sweet, and spicy!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 4 cakes


  • cocoa powder for dusting
  • ½ cup vegan butter
  • 6 oz dark chocolate
  • 3 flax eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper

Optional toppings

  • strawberries
  • coconut milk ice cream


  • Preheat the oven to 425º F
  • Take 4 ramekins (4-inch) and grease them with cooking spray or butter. Sprinkle cocoa powder inside and shake out the excess. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and set aside
  • Melt the butter with the dark chocolate, either in the microwave in 30-second intervals, or with a bain-marie. Let cool for 5-10 minutes
  • While the chocolate is cooling, make the flax eggs and set aside
  • Once the chocolate is mostly cooled, whisk the flax eggs and brown sugar into it. Add vanilla
  • Sieve the flour into the mixture. Add salt, cinnamon, and cayenne. Gently fold the mixture until all of the flour is just mixed in — you don't want to overmix or the cake will collapse
  • Gently put into the oven for 18-20 minutes. The tops should look bubbly and not completely set in the middle. Let them cool for 1-2 minutes
  • Place a plate upside down over the top of each ramekin. With a towel or oven mitt, carefully flip the ramekin and plate. Slowly lift the ramekin — the cake should come out smoothly
  • Top with ice cream and strawberries (optional), and serve immediately. Enjoy!


  • Play around with the spice level here — if you really like spice, add more cayenne, just don't go overboard to the point where it's a savory dish!
  • You don't have to put any toppings if you don't want! For presentation purposes, even just a sprinkling of powdered sugar over the tops would be lovely
  • Don't be discouraged if yours doesn't come out the first time! There might be an easy fix: put them in the oven a little bit longer, let them cool a bit more, etc. It's really worth trying them out until you get it right
Keyword chocolate cake, lava cake, mexican hot chocolate, vegan baking