It's a Carnival Cruise Line institution - the Warm Chocolate Lava Cake.
It's a Carnival Cruise Line institution - the Warm Chocolate Lava Cake.

As much of Australia’s eastern coast rugs up for an icy weekend, one ideal way to warm up if you’re a fan of Carnival Cruise Line (or even if you’re just a fan of yummy cruise food) is to have a go at making your own version of Carnival’s iconic warm melting lava cake.

For such a simple chocolate cake, served with ice-cream, it has remained a consistent fan favourite on the dessert menu across Carnival’s entire fleet since first finding its way onto tables in the 1970’s, soon after the line was founded by the late Ted Arison. The below recipe has been adapted from imperial measurements in which it is published in the US market, but we’ve kept both for those using older equipment or preferring to stick to these.

It's basic but so popular. Carnival Cruise Line's warm chocolate lava cake is easy to make at home.
It’s basic but so popular. Carnival Cruise Line’s warm chocolate lava cake is easy to make at home.

Ingredients (Makes six serves)
8 ounces (226.8 grams) dark chocolate.
7.76 ounces (220 grams) or 1 cup unsalted butter.
7 eggs.
6 tablespoons or 2.82 ounces (80 grams) white sugar.
1/2 cup or 2.82 ounces (80 grams) plain flour.
1 tablespoon powdered (icing) sugar for dusting.

You’ll also need ice-cream (usually vanilla but you can use any flavour you like really) at the time of serving.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius)
Melt the dark chocolate and butter in a pan and then move to the side to cool.
In a separate bowl, whisk four of the eggs and the sugar. Add flour and whisk until smooth.
Add the remaining three eggs and continue to combine. Mix together the egg mixture with the chocolate mixture in either bowl.
Pour into individual serving cups.
Place onto a tray and add some water onto the tray around the base of the cups. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the cakes look like they are set on the outside but soft in the middle.
Optionally, you can add some crumbs and ice cream to each plate, along with powdered sugar, but again this is at your option.

The cake is best served immediately fresh out of the oven but you can keep them for around 24 hours, covered in clear wrap and in the refrigerator if you choose.

Of course, you may think yours are better than Carnival’s, but if you wish to compare the two, you’ll need to book a cruise. Carnival’s Warm Chocolate Melting Lava Cake is available as part of the standard dessert menu in the Main Dining Room.

Carnival's Warm Chocolate Lava Cake.
Hopefully this dish will help warm you up when the weather is cold outside.