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Air-Fryer Peppermint Lava Cakes

It never ceases to amaze to see warm chocolate pudding ooze out of the center of this tender chocolate cake. These cakes are a showstopper on a plate! Serve lava cakes with whipped cream or ice cream. —Carolyn Crotser, Colorado Springs, Colorado


  • 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons finely crushed peppermint candies, optional


  • Preheat air fryer to 375°. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and butter for 30 seconds; stir until smooth. Whisk in confectioners' sugar, eggs, egg yolks and extract until blended. Fold in flour.
  • Generously grease and flour four 4-oz. ramekins; pour batter into ramekins. Do not overfill. Place ramekins on tray in air-fryer basket; cook until a thermometer reads 160° and edges of cakes are set, 10-12 minutes. Do not overcook.
  • Remove from basket; let stand 5 minutes. Carefully run a knife around sides of ramekins several times to loosen cake; invert onto dessert plates. Sprinkle with crushed candies. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 563 calories, 36g fat (21g saturated fat), 246mg cholesterol, 226mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (45g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • Michael
    Feb 15, 2021

    These were absolutely delicious. I didn’t have Peppermint so I substituted a tsp of Vanilla. The gooey lava center was out of this world good. A perfect dinner party dessert, it comes together and cooks quickly. There are two of us, the recipe made 4 and we are trying to talk each other out of eating the other two.

  • robbrd
    Dec 16, 2020

    @Dolly, Yes, lava cake centers is actually batter that didn't fully cook. The center gets hot enough for the eggs during the bake that it is safe to eat.

  • Dolly
    Sep 6, 2020

    So the filling is actually uncooked batter?

  • Anonymous
    Jun 6, 2019

    These are super yummy!

  • tohusername
    Jun 4, 2019