After leaving my Instant Pot to sit on the shelf for weeks because I was too nervous to try anything, I finally put it to use a few months ago and haven’t looked back since.

I’ve been using my pressure cooker more and more lately to make things like yogurt, cheesecake, chicken taco bowls, baked beans, and so much more. 

Instant Pot Baked Beans

My latest attempt at using my Instant Pot pressure cooker was a dessert I’ve always loved. A Chocolate Lava Cake!

I was inspired by a couple of different recipes, both a traditional recipe using the oven and two different Instant Pot methods that used similar ingredients. One called for instant coffee, but since I don’t have that I am omitting from my recipe. The other called for separating the egg whites and egg yolks, but I don’t have time for that. I’m using the pressure cooker to save myself time, I don’t want additional steps!

Lava Cake Inspiration – The Painted Kitchen

After deciding which combination of things I wanted to try it was time to put it to the test. I grabbed some dark chocolate chips, butter, eggs, sugar, flour, and vanilla, whisked it all together, and set these little cakes of delight into my Instant Pot.

All that was left was to hope and pray that it turned out and I’d have a delicious treat to eat, not a gloopy mess. After setting the pressure to high for 8 minutes, not-so-patiently waiting for it to come to pressure and start the countdown, the little magical tune finally sang and I could quick release the pressure to see what transpired. 

Let’s just say, my little single servings of cake were just the right size to hit the sweet tooth spot. And not too big that I’d over-indulge and eat an entire full-sized cake by myself… not that I’ve ever done that or anything. 🙂

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Lava Cake

Yields 4 cakes

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Lava Cake

10 minPrep Time

8 minCook Time

18 minTotal Time

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  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Optional
  • Fruit toppings
  • Whipped cream
  • Ice cream


  1. Place chocolate chips and butter in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds. Stir and continue heating in 30 second intervals until chocolate is melted and smooth.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk together eggs, sugar, flour, and vanilla.
  3. Pour chocolate mixture into egg mixture and stir until combined.
  4. Spray four 6-7 oz ramekins or glass containers with cooking spray.
  5. Fill each ramekin 2/3 of the way full with batter.
  6. Add 2 cups of water to your pressure cooker then place the steam rack in the bottom of the Instant Pot.
  7. Place the ramekins on the steam rack, stacking as necessary.
  8. Place lid on the pressure cooker, set the steam release valve to seal. Set the time to 8 minutes on high pressure.
  9. Once finished, quick release the pressure and carefully remove the hot ramekins from the pot.
  10. Serve with optional toppings, if desired.


You should be able to fit three ramekins directly on the steam rack and stack a 4th in the middle of the three without it touching any batter.

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Need dinner to go with your dessert? Check out this Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings — all made in the pressure cooker!