Bailey’s Dark Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

Bailey's Dark Chocolate Molten Lava Cake
Bailey’s Dark Chocolate Molten Lava Cake, it’s a chocolate lovers paradise!

One of the best parts about this recipe – it’s made with Ghirardelli chocolate. I really wanted to call this recipe “Amazing Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Molten Lava Cake with a Bailey’s Irish Cream Center”.

That title is a mouthful, but if you pulled one of these out of your oven, you’d want it in your mouth!

Bailey's Dark Chocolate Molten Lava Cake
Bailey's Dark Chocolate Molten Lava Cake
You don’t even need any fancy equipment to make this delicious recipe. The lava cakes can be made in a regular muffin pan. After you bake them, just turn them upside down and let the bailey’s chocolate just melt out.

Bailey's Dark Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

Bailey’s Dark Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

Bailey’s Dark Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

Yield: 6 lava cakes
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours



  • 4 oz Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Baking Bar or Chips (equals 1/2 cup)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour

Bailey’s Center

  • 2 oz Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Baking Bar or Chips (equals 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream Liquor (equals 1/4 cup)


  • Melted Dark Chocolate Drizzle from left over Ghiridella chips


To make the centers

  1. In a double boiler or microwave safe bowl, melt the 2 oz of chocolate with the heavy cream and bailey’s.
  2. Pour this mixture into a container and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.
  3. After refrigeration, use your hands, a scoop or small melon baller to form the chocolate into 6 balls. Refrigerate until needed.

To make the cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Spray a regular sized 6 slot muffin pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a double boiler or microwave safe bowl, melt the 4 oz of chocolate with the butter. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the whole eggs, egg yolks, and sugar on high speed for about 5 minutes.
  5. Fold in the melted chocolate mixture, combine.
  6. Gently stir in the flour until combined.
  7. Fill the muffins slots about 1/3 full with batter then place 1 chocolate ball into each slot.
  8. Fill the slots with more batter until they are 3/4 to almost full.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes or until the cake is firm.
  10. Remove pan from the oven and let it sit for 8-12 minutes.
  11. If needed, use a knife to gently remove the lava cakes from the pan and place upside down on a plate.
  12. Reheat if necessary in the microwave before serving.
  13. Top with melted dark chocolate drizzle if you desire.

Bailey's Dark Chocolate Molten Lava Cake
This recipe should make about 6 regular sized muffin lava cakes. We ended up having leftover chocolate balls and batter (we tripled the recipe to share with friends) so we decided to make an extra large lava cake in a large ramekin with an extra ooey gooey bailey’s chocolate center. It was so delicious and needed a large glass of milk.

Bailey's Dark Chocolate Molten Lava Cake


  1. oh wow!!!! They look delicious, I could eat one of these right now! I love Chocolate Molten Lava Cake! I make these too and they are always great! :-)

  2. You lava cake looks outstanding! Pinning!

  3. Clever way to make a “fancy” chocolate cake even more sophisticated. I love lava cakes and have made them plenty of times, but never added a unique touch like the Bailey’s inside. Love it, Beth! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Beth, these look so delicious……but I do not want to use the Liquor in mine….so what can be used instead?

    • You could definitely make these without the bailey’s – no variation to the recipe needed if you do!

  5. This looks amazing and so chocolatey! Love chocolate. Linda Crafts a la mode

  6. These look so delicious! I love chocolate molten lava cakes! I want to try these!

  7. I noticed your post in PersiaLou’s I love love Baileys and molten lava cakes, IThink the combination is a killer here :) Feel free to stop by as well to my own link ♥

  8. Ok Beth…seriously you are going to get me going on a sweets binge. These look amazing. I am going to have to make these for a special occasion with my hubs. We had a molten cake on our honeymoon and we still talk about it 7 years later! Thanks for linking up at The Makers!

  9. Ok, it must be a sign. Yours is the 3rd molten lava cake I have seen today, must be a sign. But totally loved the baileys that you added into this! :) Pinned

  10. Wow, these look and sound amazing! I think these will be perfect for Valentine’s Day dessert. Ghirardelli is my fave too!

  11. I LOVE that you added Baileys- what a great flavor

  12. Hi Beth, this looks so decadent and right up my alley! Thanks for sharing this with us at our Marvelous Monday Party! Pinning!

  13. Taking one of my favorite chocolate desserts and adding Bailey’s to it made it even better. What a great idea, especially for all of us true chocolate lovers! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • And you have to be a true chocolate lover to like this dessert! Thanks for coming by Jodee!

  14. This looks SO delicious Beth! I want to make and eat one right now!! Thanks for sharing the recipe at the Foodie Friends Friday party. It’s my choice for my host favorite! :)

  15. Oh my goodness… that needs to get in my belly NOW!! It look so delicious, I’m definitely pinning to give it a try!

  16. ok, now i’m a chocolate-craving-melty-mess! these look amazing – totally pinning!! :) new fan from the weekly link-up -angela at dancing with my father dot net!

  17. Yum! Looks delicious! Thank you for linking up at Tasty Tuesdays! Your post has been pinned to my Recipes from Tasty Tuesday board. I can’t wait to see what you link up next week!
    Have a terrific weekend!

  18. Totally Pinning and sharing!!!

    Hugs from Freedom Fridays:))

  19. I love Baileys so these sound yummy! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

  20. WHAT?! I make chocolate lava cake all the time but never thought to add something like Bailey’s! Yum!

  21. That looks so yummy! I wondering about using a flavored Bailey’s…maybe caramel? And adding a caramel drizzle on top? I just might try it!

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  23. Hi Beth!

    I loved this recipe so much I decided to feature it for this week’s Tasty Tuesdays! Yay!
    I hope you’ll stop by again this week and link up with me!


  24. Um, dying over here, Beth! These look so beyond decadent and deceptively simple to put together. Can’t wait to try them out!

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  26. OMG! Beth, these look like heaven!
    I’m visiting from Whimsy Wednesday and I’d be so honored if you would share at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206.
    ~ Megin of VMG206

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  28. Saw these on Bloom Designs. I’ve been make a version of a Ghirardelli lava cake for years. This just takes it to a whole other level of awesomeness! Definitely going to try these! Thanks for sharing…

  29. We have a chocolatey dessert we make every year…but this would be a nice twist. Look delicious!

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  34. These look so yummy! I have never seen Bailey’s mini’s!

  35. amazing use of bailey’s! yum!

  36. 6 “regular size” muffin. Did you use a 6-muffin pan or a 12-muffin pan? Not sure which one to use…..

  37. sighhh i put the filling in the fridge 3 hours ago and it isnt firming up enough for me to roll it into balls. how could i have possibly messed that up? ): its just cold and gloopy :/

    • I am sorry to hear! You could try putting the filling in the freezer, I know that will make the mixture firm. However, don’t let the mixture freeze, as it will be hard to scoop balls out of it!

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