Low-Carb Chocolate Lava Cake served with chocolate center running out.

Low-Carb Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe

This Low-Carb Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe makes a scrumptious gooey cakes perfect for the chocolate lover in all of us. These treats are made using an Instant Pot. They can still be part of a low-carb, keto, diabetic, gluten-free, grain-free, Atkins or Banting diet

Course Dessert
Cuisine American, low-carb
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2
Author Annissa Slusher



  1. Spray two 8 ounce baking cups such as half-pint canning jars or  ramekins with cooking spray. Plug in a 6 quart Instant Pot. Insert the steamer rack. Pour in two cups of water.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, granulated stevia/erythritol blend, baking powder, and sea salt.

    Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe-dry ingredients
  3. In another medium bowl, whisk together the heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract, and eggs. Stream in melted butter while whisking. 

    Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe-Blended wet ingredients
  4. Using a mixer, blend the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Beat on high speed until smooth.

    Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe-Completed batter.
  5. Divide batter between the prepared baking cups.

    Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe-Batter divided into baking cups
  6. Gently place the uncovered filled baking cups on the steamer rack. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and turn the steam release handle to the sealing position. Select pressure cook, then use the +/- buttons to bring the time to 4:00 minutes.

    Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe-Baking cups on the steamer rack
  7. When the time is up, quick release the pressure (see manual for instructions). Carefully remove the lava cakes using tongs. Allow the cakes to cool for about 5 minutes or until they are cool enough to touch.

  8. Serve in their cups, or if desired, run a knife along the edge to loosen and flip them out onto a plate. 

    Low-Carb Chocolate Lava Cake served with chocolate center running out.

Recipe Notes

Serving size: one lava cake (half the recipe)

Per serving:

Calories: 240

Fat (g): 23

Carbs (g): 7

Fiber (g): 4

Protein (g): 9

Net carbs (g): 3