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Easy Air Fryer Chocolate Molten Lava Cake Recipe

This air fryer chocolate lava cake is so good and easy to make! Using simple ingredients, you can make these treats in no time for a yummy dessert!

Easy Air Fryer Chocolate Cake

It’s so secret that I love my air fryer. One night after days and months of staying home my husband randomly blurted out that he missed individual chocolate cakes.

You might think this was a random outburst, but if you know my husband this is super normal behavior. We had been on a random kick of recreating restaurant favorites, and this was top of the list!

This Air Fryer Cake Recipe lets you bake a delicious chocolate cake, right in the basket of your air fryer. This moist chocolate cake is the perfect size for a small family or any special occasion when you’re craving for chocolate but don’t need a huge cake. It’s an easy dessert that uses pantry staples, perfect for satisfying that spontaneous chocolate craving. Ready to dive into this simple air fryer dessert recipe? Let’s get started!

Easy Air Fryer Chocolate Cake

Air Fryer Chocolate Cake

The best part about these cakes is that they are made in individual servings. Add a scoop of ice cream and omg this is actually the perfect dessert.

It’s not too chocolatey either, just the perfect amount of richness and sweetness!


  1. Can I use a regular cake pan in the air fryer? Yes, as long as it fits into the size of your air fryer basket. You can also use a smaller baking tin or even muffin cups for individual servings.
  2. Can I use a boxed cake mix? Definitely! Just prepare the boxed cake mix as per the instructions, then follow this air fryer recipe.
  3. Do I need to preheat my air fryer? For the best results, I would recommend preheating your air fryer for about 5 minutes.

Easy Air Fryer Chocolate Cake

What do I need to make this awesome Air Fryer Chocolate Cake?

  • butter
  • chocolate chips 
  • eggs
  • sugar
  • self rising flour (not all purpose, this is a super important distinction and CAN’T be substituted or you might have a really flat “cake”)

Tips and Tricks:

  • Ensure all your ingredients are at room temperature for easy mixing.
  • Spritz your cake tin or air fryer basket with cooking spray to prevent the cake from sticking.
  • Always check the center of the cake with a toothpick to ensure it’s fully cooked before removing it from the air fryer.

Variations For This Cake:

  1. Air Fryer Lava Cake: Add chocolate chips into the center of the cake batter before air frying for a molten chocolate surprise.
  2. Air Fryer Chocolate Bundt Cake: Use a small Bundt pan instead of a regular cake pan for a different presentation.

Easy Air Fryer Chocolate Cake

When should I serve this air fryer chocolate cake?

When dinner parties become a thing again, I highly recommend these! Everything is pretty much made in one bowl, and it only takes a few minutes to make so you can serve them warm.

What to Se rve With It:

This air fryer chocolate cake is delightful on its own, but can also be served with a dollop of sour cream or a handful of fresh berries for a refreshing contrast.

Easy Air Fryer Chocolate Cake

Otherwise, I’d serve them anytime. We make them often around here with for no reason at all other than they are so yummy! We always make sure we have vanilla ice cream on hand too because the combo is just so good!

If you are looking for an easy dessert for your air fryer feel free to try this recipe out and let me know how much you love it!

Where to Serve:

This delicious cake is the perfect dessert for any intimate occasion – home dinners, small gatherings, or even for your next Instant Pot party! Its small size makes it perfect for these settings.


Keep the unfrosted cake wrapped in plastic wrap or in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3-4 days. The frosted cake should be refrigerated. For longer storage, freeze the slices for up to 2 months.

Topping Options:

  • Dusting of icing sugar
  • Your favorite frosting
  • Fresh berries
  • Sour cream
  • Chocolate ganache

Why This Recipe Works:

This Air Fryer Chocolate Cake recipe is effective because the hot air circulation in the air fryer ensures the cake bakes evenly and quickly, resulting in a moist cake. It’s an easy way to bake a cake without turning on your regular oven, making it a convenient method for a quick and delicious cake.

What are some other fun chocolate cake recipes to try?


If you are looking for some more amazing cake recipes be sure to check out this comprehensive list: The Most Delicious Cake Recipes For Dessert

Amazing Air Fryer Chocolate Cake
Yield: 4 small ramekins

Amazing Air Fryer Chocolate Cake

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This air fryer chocolate cake is so good! It uses a few ingredients and it's done in 10 minutes!


  • 7 tbsp butter
  • 1 c chocolate chips used dark chocolate
  • 2 eggs
  • 3.5 tbsp sugar
  • 1.5 tbsp self rising flour (NOT all purpose)


  1. Melt chocolate chips and butter together in the microwave. Put in for 30 sec., stir, 30 sec. until it is melted and smooth.
  2. Whisk together eggs and sugar in separate bowl. Then whisk egg mixture and chocolate together until combined and smooth.
  3. Then mix in flour until smooth.
  4. Pour batter equally into 4 oven safe ramekins. Fill 3/4 full.
  5. Put in air fryer basket for 10 minutes at 370 degrees, then allow to cool for 2 minutes before flipping over on to plates (or eat right out of them but they will be hot).

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 515Total Fat 38gSaturated Fat 23gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 147mgSodium 237mgCarbohydrates 46gFiber 3gSugar 38gProtein 6g

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