This Mini Molten Lava Cake Recipe is an indulgent treat just perfect for the festive season. Filled with butterscotch 'molten lava', it's a take on a sticky date cake using dried Christmas fruits. #butterscotch #lavacakes #christmasdesserts
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Butterscotch Mini Molten Lava Cake Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 48 minutes
Servings: 6 serves
Calories: 573kcal
Author: Marie Roffey
This Mini Molten Lava Cake Recipe is an indulgent treat just perfect for the festive season. Filled with butterscotch 'molten lava', it's a take on a sticky date cake using dried Christmas fruits. 
Course: Dessert, Sweets
Cuisine: Christmas, Various
Keyword: molten lava cake


* For the butterscotch sauce

  • 1/2 cup (100g) dark brown sugar packed
  • 80 g unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup (83ml) thickened cream
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

* For the puddings

  • 120 g (3/4 cup) mixed dried fruit (sultanas, currants, raisins, glacé cherries, mixed peel)
  • 1/2 cup 125ml boiling water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (bicarb)
  • 165 g (1 1/4 cups) plain (AP) flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 80 g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra to grease
  • 150 g dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Start the butterscotch sauce 2 hours before making the puddings.

  • In a small heavy based saucepan over low-medium heat, melt the butter and sugar together until smooth. Allow it to come to a simmer and gently bubble for around 3 minutes until foamy, stirring every now and then.
  • Carefully add the cream and immediately whisk it in. Let the mixture come to a rolling boil, stirring now and then, for around 10 mins until thickened. You should be able to see the clean bottom of pan when dragging the spoon through. Add the vanilla and salt and whisk well.
  • Being very careful, use a small cookie scoop (or two spoons) to fill small ice cube trays or silicone chocolate moulds with mixture then place in the freezer to set.. (Each pudding will need about 1 1/2 teaspoons worth of butterscotch sauce - see notes)

For the cakes

  • In a small bowl, pour the boiling water over the dried fruit. Add the baking soda, give it a stir then let it sit for 15 minutes before proceeding.
  • Preheat the oven to 190C / 375F / 170C fan forced. Grease and lightly flour 6x 1 cup capacity ramekins or dariole moulds making sure to tap out the excess flour. Sit them on a baking tray.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, allspice, ginger and cinnamon and set aside.
  • Beat together the sugar and butter until creamy, then add one egg and beat until fully combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add the second egg and beat well. Finally add the vanilla and beat.
  • Add the flour in 2 parts and beat (on the lowest speed if using a stand mixer or electric beater) until JUST combined.
  • Add the fruit and liquid and again, beat until just mixed through.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the moulds.
  • Take your frozen butterscotch sauce out of the freezer and drop one into the centre of each pudding, then gently press down on each of them just a little until almost completely submerged.
  • Bake for 18 minutes. Remove from oven and allow them to sit for at least 5 minutes. This will make them easier to remove from the moulds.
  • While the puddings are cooking, place the remaining butterscotch into a small saucepan and heat gently to melt. Add 2-3 tablespoons of cream to make it a pouring consistency then pour into a small jug.
  • If using moulds, run a thin knife (a small spatula is perfect) round the edge of each making sure not to cut into the pudding itself. Sit the serving plate on top, upside down, then flip it over and the cake should slide straight out.
  • Serve with the remaining butterscotch sauce and whipped cream or icecream.


  1. I use a standard Australian 20ml tablespoon (equiv. 4 teaspoons worldwide)
  2. For best results, you should always weigh ingredients like flour and sugar. Kitchen scales are relatively cheap but if you can’t weigh the ingredients, use the spoon and level method (don’t scoop).
  3. Start this recipe at least 2 hours ahead to give the butterscotch sauce time to freeze.
  4. When portioning out the butterscotch sauce, I used small dome shaped chocolate moulds and put 2 together when I pushed them into the batter. About 1 1/2 teaspoons is right. If you use too much the puddings will fall apart when you try to unmould them (but they’ll still taste really good).


  • A handheld beater or stand mixer
  • 6x dariole molds (1 cup capacity)
  • A heavy based saucepan to make the butterscotch