Flourless Chocolate Lava Cakes

Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 12

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A rich, decadent chocolate lava cake that’s made without flour so it’s naturally gluten free! The perfect dessert for the holidays or date night in.

flourless chocolate lava cakes on grey plate with spoon scooping a bite

It’s been a while since you’ve seen a cookbook review around here, and there are a number of reasons. For one, it takes a really long time to test a cookbook, and make enough recipes so that I feel comfortable giving you a review.

But the Canadian Living slogan is “Tested Till Perfect” — and I had to know, ya know?

So far, I’ve made 3 recipes from The Ultimate Cookbook from Canadian Living, and they’ve all been spot on. These Flourless Chocolate Lava Cakes I’ve already made twice, and I also made the Sticky Toffee Cake and the Pineapple-Glazed Ham. I have a bunch of other pages marked and have no doubt that I’ll be adding to my list of sampled recipes very soon!

whole flourless chocolate cake on grey plate with scoop of ice cream

I was really interested in trying these Flourless Chocolate Cakes first, because my brother-in-law was recently diagnosed with Celiac disease and I’m always on the lookout for great, naturally gluten-free desserts. I shared the recipe with my sister immediately after baking them, with the only explanation being, “keeper”. They’re easy, and they come out perfectly. And besides, chocolate.

Sticky Toffee anything is maybe my favorite dessert of all time (but I mean, really — can I pick a favorite?) and this is my new go-to recipe for Sticky Toffee Cake. It’s so moist, and has that rich, deep date flavor and is just…. wow.

flourless chocolate cake with spoon taking a bite with ice cream

The Pineapple-Glazed Ham recipe I used for my first ever real ham! Since we have a small family, I’ve never really had a need to cook a full ham, but I wanted to try it this year because we love ham. I was a little nervous about how it would turn out, but it couldn’t be simpler (or more delicious!).

On my to try list? The easy No Knead Sandwich Bread recipes, Basque Roast Chicken, and Sugar Pie.

cover of the ultimate cookbook by canadian living

Here’s an overview of my thoughts on the book.

Things I love:

  • It’s a comprehensive (read:huge) book. There is a recipe for pretty much anything you’d ever need, which I guess is why it’s called The Ultimate Cookbook.
  • It includes nutritional information for all of the recipes. I’m not exactly sure whether I blame these 10 extra pounds on the baby or the blog, but it is really nice to see the nutritional information for recipes! It seems like a rare thing these days.
  • It speaks to my Canadian heart. Recipes for Butter Tarts, Nanaimo Bars, Tourtiere, Date Squares, “Canoe Paddle Doughnuts” (known to me as BeaverTails) stir up my fierce pride in the Canadian culture and it’s incredible culinary traditions. I can’t wait to dig into them more deeply!
  • The recipes are “tested till perfect”. From my first few experiences with the recipes, I believe this to be true. Obviously I can’t speak for all of them.

Things I’d love to see:

  • More photos. This is really, honestly, the only thing that stuck out to me. I understand that when you have a cookbook with 450+ recipes, to include a photo of all of them might be crazy. But I do really love to see a photo of what I’m making.


I think this is a really solid, thorough resource to add to your kitchen library. I made my first 3 recipes in maybe the first week I had it, and I feel like it’s destined to be that book on the shelf that gets dog-eared, and stained, and passed on 30, 40, 50 years with my scribbles all over it, just as it should be.

flourless chocolate cake broken open with chocolate oozing out on white plate

*Note: The total time listed in the cookbook says 3 hours, which must be an error. These lava cakes will take you 30-40 minutes and no more!

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Flourless Chocolate Lava Cakes and a review of “The Ultimate Cookbook” from Canadian Living

5 from 1 vote
A rich, decadent chocolate lava cake that’s made without flour so it’s naturally gluten free! The perfect dessert for the holidays or date night in.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 12
Calories 435cal


  • 340 grams bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter cubed
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder sifted
  • pinch of salt
  • 340 grams strawberries diced
  • whipped cream optional


  • In a heatproof bowl over hot (not boiling) water, melt chocolate with butter, stirring until smooth. Halve vanilla bean lengthwise; using tip of sharp knife, scrape seeds into chocolate mixture. Stir to combine. Discard vanilla bean pod or save for another use. Remove chocolate mixture from heat.
  • Whisk sugar into chocolate mixture. Whisk in eggs and egg yolks, one at a time. Whisk in cocoa powder and salt. Pour into 12 greased 6-oz (175mL) ramekins; place on rimmed baking sheet. (Make ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours; add 5 minutes to baking time.)
  • Bake in 425 F (220 C) oven until edges are set and centres are slightly jiggly when tapped, about 15 minutes. Let cool for 3 minutes. Run knife around edges of cakes; turn out onto plates. Garnish with strawberries, and whipped cream (if using).


*I don’t usually have vanilla beans, so I used a teaspoon of vanilla extract. I also tried halving the recipe once, and it works wonderfully and the measurements are easy to figure out! Perfect for a smaller crowd.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 435cal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 201mg | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Vitamin C: 16.7mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2.8mg

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  1. Dara says

    These look delicious I want to make them ASAP! What do I do with the melted butter and chocolate mixture do I add it in the center? There is also a typo for (now boiling) isn’t it not boiling?

  2. Samantha says

    Hi, these look delicious! I have a question about the eggs though as I am a bit confused; what do you mean by 6 eggs and 6 egg yolks? Does that mean 6 total eggs with the whites removed (so you have 6 yolks), or 12 eggs with 6 of them having only the yolk? Im planning to make these tomorrow and I really don’t want to mess them up!

  3. Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl says

    Ooozy chocolate goodness – I have not made a lava cake in forever. Gonna have to change that!! That cookbook sounds great! I know what you mean about pictures – I am such a visual person, I always feel that way when I’m looking at restaurant menus – I need a pic. Haha! It sounds like a winner though!

  4. Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel says

    Yessss!! Lava cakes are my FAVORITE dessert to order at restaurants… because, hello, molten chocolate! I’ve never attempted to make them at home because I’m afraid they just aren’t going to be as good. But I think now I need to try!! These look perfect!

  5. Rachel @ Bakerita says

    Is it acceptable to have lava cake for breakfast? Cause I want one of this right now!! They look so gooey and perfect. Love that they’re naturally flourless. I must make these for my dad (and me of course :))

  6. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Ashley! This is very much like a recipe I have! I made mine a couple of years back for my chocoholic sister in laws and they were wowed! They look so elegant and yet they are really quite simple to make! I totally agree that cookbooks should be scribbled in – that’s what the margins are for! 🙂

  7. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says

    It sounds like you found a winner in that cookbook, Ashley! Lava cakes just happen to be my absolute favorite, yet I hardly ever eat them unless I order dessert at a restaurant, which is usually rare, haha. I will definitely have to try this out! Love that it’s flourless and so decadent!

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