My Take on a Favorite: Chocolate Melting Cake #CarnivalPartner

by Carrie with Children with 34 comments

When it comes to food, I’m a creature of habit. I typically order the same items each time I dine at a restaurant. There’s that level of comfort knowing that I’m going to love the food I order.

When we cruise with Carnival, I end dinner each night by ordering their signature warm chocolate melting cake for dessert. It’s an incredible, chocolaty, gooey cake-like dessert that I crave when I’m at home.


On our last cruise, my husband and I had a special date night at The Chef’s Table – a multicourse dinner hosted by the ship’s chef. It’s a meal filled with appetizers, entrees, cocktails and, of course, dessert. Come hungry and with an open mind – each dish is fantastic and you’ll discover new foods too. The experience even includes a tour of the galley – it is fascinating to see how the ship’s crew feeds so many passengers!

At the conclusion of our dinner, the chef presented everyone with a copy of the warm chocolate melting cake recipe – I was trying to play it cool, but secretly I was squealing with excitement.


My husband and I couldn’t wait to try and make it at home and, soon after we returned from our cruise, we decided to try our luck in the kitchen together. We had such a great time in the kitchen cooking and reminiscing about our past trips. I won’t lie, he’s the better cook and I relied on him to get everything just right – but we succeeded and replicated the perfect dessert!

Here’s the exact recipe Carnival uses to make this delicious dessert –

Recipe: Warm Chocolate Melting Cake 


6oz. Dark chocolate
6oz. Butter
4 Eggs
1.5oz Sugar
2oz. Flour


— Melt the chocolate and butter
— Mix the eggs and sugar and whisk for a few minutes, then add flour
— Add the egg mix to the melted chocolate and mix
— Pour the mix in greased mold
— Bake directly in the oven at 390F for 14 minutes


Make sure the eggs are at room temperature and chocolate is warm enough while making the mixture. Then, serve with ice cream and a fruit garnish.


While there’s nothing better than dessert on a cruise ship, I think we did a pretty good job recreating it on our own at home. It was a fun date-like activity for us to spend time together and the reward was a delicious treat reminding us of our great vacation.

With that said, I can’t wait to get back to the ‘real thing’ again soon on our next cruise. Plus, that way someone else can do the dishes this time instead of me!

This post was created as part of my collaboration with Carnival. As always, all of the opinions, thoughts, and ideas in this post are my own.


  • Becca

    My boys will LOVE this! Thank you for sharing!

    • Carrie with Children

      It’s a fantastic dish – hope your boys enjoy it!


    How can I get the recipe for melting chocolate cake take you figured out?

    • Carrie with Children

      Hi Ann – Thanks for your note. The recipe is in the post above! Enjoy!

  • Joan

    How many ramekins (4)? Can the recipe be doubled for 8?

    • Carrie with Children

      Hi Joan – I use four ramekins when using the recipe above. I haven’t tried doubling the recipe yet, but I’m sure it would work well too.


  • Joan

    How many ramekins (4)? Can the recipe be doubled for 8?

    I sent twice because the first time no comment came through. This is the third. Ugh!

  • Kathy

    Carrie, did you use a mixer or did you hand mix the ingredients?

    • Carrie with Children

      Hi Kathy – I mixed the ingredients by hand! (I don’t even own a mixer – ha!) Enjoy!

  • Laura

    What size are the ramekins? 6oz? 8oz?

  • Rebekah Donahue

    I’m diabetic. Can this dessert be made with Splenda or some other artificial sweetner?

    • Carrie with Children

      Hi Rebekah – I haven’t tried making it with Splenda or other sweeteners, but I think it would be worth a try! Keep me posted on how it goes!


    Carrie, what is “dark chocolate”? Do you mean baking chocolate? Or semisweet? or bittersweet?

    • Carrie with Children

      Hi Nancy – I used semisweet chocolates and it turned out pretty tasty! Enjoy!

  • Inna

    Do you have to use 4 ramekins? Can it be one cake in a large dish?

    • Carrie with Children

      Hi Inna – I’ve never tried it that way before, but I think it is definitely worth a try. I bet it would be tasty. Let me know how it goes!

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  • NCZ

    I think I shall try this but use the Lindt Chili Dark Chocolate. It should add a bit of tickle the tongue but then offset with something like Carmel SeaSalt Gelato.

  • Sheila


    How incredibly generous of you to post this delicious looking dessert recipe. I can’t wait to make it!

  • Sandra Fuller

    I just love this cake. It is also called Lava cake. I’m so glad I’ve finally got the recipe.

  • Amee

    390 degree oven?

    Did you mean 350?

  • Pam

    Hi Carrie.

    In your chocolate melting cake recipe, you had bake in 390 degree oven. Did you mean 350 degree?
    I can’t wait to try the recipe. I am a big chocoholic!


  • Kathy Sperling

    The question above about the oven temperature was not directly answered .Is the oven temperature at 390 degrees as stated in the recipe ? or as the questioner asked 350 degrees ? Thank you, kappy

    • Carrie with Children

      Hi there – 390 degrees is the temperature I use when making this dessert. Hope that helps! Enjoy!