Carnival’s Famous Melting Chocolate Cake Recipe

When we went on our first Carnival Cruise in 2010 – everyone said: Eat the Melting Chocolate Cake.  It’s to die for, it’s the best thing on the ship, it’s legendary, it’s incredible, their chocolate cake is the thing of legends.

Seriously, every single person told us to try the molten lava, volcano chocolate,  famous melting chocolate cake. That’s a lot to live up to.

We were skeptical, but we figured we had nothing to lose.

That first night, at table 578 , Nathan and I each ordered a Melting Chocolate Cake, and it only took one bite.  We moaned. We sighed. We rejoiced.  Then we ordered another.  Every. Single.


molten lava cake from carnival cruise line

As soon as I got back to shore and had internet service I emailed my wonderful Carnival contact and begged for the recipe.  She emailed, the chef complied, and I got the recipe.

Carnival’s Famous Melting Chocolate Cake

chocolate lava cake from carnival

The original instructions for the Carnival Melting Chocolate Cake are included here, but I also converted it for the home cook and Fahrenheit ovens.   Here’s the thing, you can make this at home in under 20 minutes, and it is incredible.  It’s rich, it’s melt in your mouth delicious, it’s legendary.

carnival chocolate lava cake at home

But no matter how good it is, nothing compares to eating this while sitting at a white linen-draped table while you’re being attended to by incredibly talented servers as you sail the high seas.

No matter how good you are, you just can’t beat eating incredible food while sailing the high seas.

You. Just. Can’t.

  OOEY GOOEY Melting Chocolate Cake Deliciousness!

carnival cruise lines chocolate cake

 Melting Chocolate Cake

  • 6 oz Dark Chocolate
  • 6 oz Butter
  • 4 ea Eggs
  • 1.5 oz Sugar
  • 2 oz Flour


  1. Melt the chocolate & butter
  2. Mix the eggs & sugar and whisk for a few minutes, add the flour
  3. Add the egg mix to the melted chocolate and mix
  4. Pour the mix into a greased mould
  5. Bake directly in the oven at 200°C for 14 minutes

Note: – Please make sure that the eggs are at room temperature and chocolate is warm enough while making the mixture

Serve with ice cream and fruit garnish

Tools Used:

  • Digital Kitchen Scale – I like this one because it’s easy to use and store
  • Ramekins – 8 oz baking ramekins.. pick your favorite style and color!

Carnival's Melting Chocolate Cake Recipe

Delicious, rich, dark chocolate melting cake
Print Recipe
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:13 mins
Total Time:18 mins


  • 6 oz good quality dark baking chocolate chopped
  • 6 oz 3/4 Cup butter
  • 4 eggs room temperature
  • 1.5 oz white granulated sugar
  • 2 oz 4 Tablespoons flour


  • Preheat oven to 390°F
  • Spray 4 Ramekins with baking spray and set aside
  • In a microwaveable dish, melt the chopped dark chocolate and butter. Stir until smooth and set aside
  • In a medium bowl; whisk together the eggs and sugar.
  • Add the flour and stir until combined
  • Add the egg/sugar mix to the chocolate mix and stir until combined
  • Fill the greased ramekins 3/4 full with the cake mix
  • Bake for 13 minutes


This will yield 4 ramekins. Top with powdered sugar and/or pair with fruit, ice cream, fresh mint.
Servings: 4
Author: Carnival Cruise Line

I am grateful to Carnival Cruise Lines for the amazing partnership that my family and I have with them.  They have provided us priceless memories, and wonderful vacations.  This post was not sponsored, required, or expected.  I just love this recipe and figured it was about time I shared it with y’all; especially seeing as I’ll be eating these cakes every day next week.

*EDITED on 9/24/2015 with an updated version from the Chef de Cuisine on the Carnival Sunshine  I will scan the copy when we return home from this cruise.

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  1. I’ve cruised on Carnival so many times and I’ve never even heard of this cake. It must have been since I last cruised because I would have been ALL over it! Loks amazing!

    1. I don’t know when they started serving these – but our first cruise was 2010 and we heard about them from literally everyone! We had them when we cruised in 2014, too! I love cruising! Have a delicious week, friend! Miss you

    1. Hey Gail – these are just the standard ramekins that you can buy at World Market or Pier 1 – I buy them individually and they don’t show a size anywhere, but I filled them with a very full 1/2 Cup of batter and it came to a bit below the rim. They hold exactly 3/4 Cup of liquid all the way to the very top, but if you moved them quickly it would spill. Hope that’s helpful! 🙂 Have a delicious week! Rachel

    1. Hi Kristina,

      I have never tried this in the microwave; so I can’t speak to it’s failure or success, but I don’t think this one would be good for that, however, if you try it; I’d be interested in hearing your results! – Rachel 🙂

  2. how do you measure the flour and sugar? do you have the measuring spoon or measuring cup measurements?

    1. Hi McKenzie… the chef gave them to me in weights, which is how it’s done in professional kitchens (and especially with Europeans!) I just use a simple digital scale and it works perfectly! I can send you the link to the one that I use on amazon if you’d like!

        1. Here you are! I have this one in red and I love it! It’s easy to use and you can switch from US to metric easily and it allows you to zero out with a bowl or cup on it, too! <<< amazon affiliate

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