Mexican Chocolate Lava Muffins

Hello, luvah!

Do I even need to write anything? Really! Who doesn’t love chocolate? This easy to make, perfectly sized dessert doesn’t get any more heavenly.

My daughter (the chocolate-holic) had a ball licking the bowl and spoons after we made this dessert together. And then she stared impatiently at the oven timer as they baked. She couldn’t wait to dig into a warm gooey muffin. As you can see by the last photo she didn’t have a problem eating the entire thing. I’m actually surprised she didn’t lick the plate.

Top these babies with whip cream, vanilla ice cream, or dust them with powdered sugar and garnish with fruit. The possibilities are truly endless.


Mexican Chocolate Lava Muffins

Yield: Makes 8 muffins


2 tablets Mexican chocolate (recommend Abuelita)
1 stick butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
Butter (to coat muffin tin)
1 tablespoon cocoa powder (for dusting muffin tin)
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon (for dusting muffin tin)


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Place a double boiler or a small metal bowl over a saucepan with simmering water. Melt the Mexican chocolate and butter in the bowl. Stir in vanilla. Once incorporated and melted turn off heat.

In a large mixing bowl, sift sugar, flour, and salt. Add warm chocolate and mix well with electric mixer. Add eggs one at time, fully incorporating each egg before adding the next. Beat at high speed until batter is creamy and lightens in color, approximately 4 minutes. Chill mixture.

Coat the muffin tin with butter. Dust with the cocoa powder and cinnamon and shake out excess. Ladle a ½ cup of mixture into each muffin pan.

Bake for 10 to 11 minutes. Outsides should be cake-like and centers should be gooey.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar or top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whip cream.

Tip: Be careful not to over or under-bake these. The top and sides should definitely feel cooked, and just slightly jiggle. Resist the urge to leave them in a few extra minutes, as they will just turn into fully-cooked cakes.

Adapted from Alton Brown – Food Network

Written by Yvette / Photos by Yvette

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24 Responses to “Mexican Chocolate Lava Muffins”

  1. 1

    Yes! YES! YES!!! These Mexican chocolate lava muffins are my idea of Heaven! I loved that you used Abuelita chocolate. It’s my favorite. :)

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    Margo Seymour — March 3, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    I can’t wait to give these a try! We make dinner for my sister’s family every Tuesday night (since they just live across the road) and my nephew is always asking what’s for dessert. BTW, I love that pan in the photograph!

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    I will be making these – maybe this weekend. Thanks for the simple recipe.
    Gorgeous muffin tin – new or vintage?

    • Muy Bueno replied: — March 5th, 2012 @ 10:59 am

      Its vintage Andrea. I got it at my favorite antique shop in Old Littleton called The Pink Attic. Super cute shop — we should prop shop together someday.

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    Marnely Rodriguez — March 3, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    Love these, sooo delicious looking! And I love that spoon on the photo as well :)

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    Flavors of the Sun — March 3, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

    These look wonderful! I have made a similar recipe using ancho chile, which works beautifully with chocolate. Beautiful muffin mold as well. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    Brandy — March 3, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    These look and sound so yummy! I will have to try to make them!

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    Alan Karp — March 3, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

    Why do you prefer Abuelita to Ibarra? Just wondering.

    • Muy Bueno replied: — March 5th, 2012 @ 11:00 am

      Hola Alan, I like Ibarra too, but I grew up with Abuelita and I think that’s why I recommend it. Its just comforting for me 😉

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    Lea Ann — March 4, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    I’m not a dessert fan and even I love chocolate. These look wonderful. Also, heading over to vote. Congratulations.

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    vianney — March 5, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

    Hello… I can’t say I blame your daughter they look wonderful!! I would have licked the plate, lol!! Great pics.

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    Itzel Yagual — March 6, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    Wow this looks like an explosion of flavors!!

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    Andrea the Kitchen Witch — March 9, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    These look amazing! I love the flavor of Mexican chocolate yet have never baked with it before! This must change!! I’m so glad I found your blog, excellent stuff here!

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    Laura @ GotChocolate — March 11, 2012 @ 10:11 am

    Oh my gosh! That looks SO moist! And SO CHOCOLATY!!!! YUM!!!

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    Eliana — March 14, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    Oh My – the look so sinfully delicious and almost, just almost, too good to eat.

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    Ana_ILTdP — March 15, 2012 @ 7:34 am

    I so love these cakes!!! They look amazing! With cinnamon… yum!

    And the muffin mould is so cute!

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    Rachel — September 6, 2013 @ 5:52 pm

    I will be baking these … as soon as the weather cools down a bit.. looks like a perfect dessert. yummy

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    Robin Chesser — September 7, 2013 @ 2:44 pm

    Hi, I have Mexican chocolate on hand can you tell me how much to use by weight?

    • Muy Bueno replied: — September 8th, 2013 @ 5:37 pm

      Hi Robin,

      I used two disks, which are a little over 3 ounces each. I would suggest 6.5 to 7 ounces of Mexican chocolate. Buen provecho.

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    Daniela — November 13, 2013 @ 12:38 pm

    I just made these and they are yummy!

    • Muy Bueno replied: — November 13th, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

      So happy to hear that Daniela! Yum!

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    ceciliasusana — December 13, 2013 @ 3:32 pm

    hola me encanto mucho su muffins estaban bien sabrosos grasias por tu reseta.

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    joe shmo — June 11, 2014 @ 2:01 pm

    This recipe is terrible. The amount of eggs and flour are extremely wrong . I made a batch for my Spanish Class food/cooking project and they look and taste like chocolate omelets. These are gross. Thank you for ruining my project, and making me fail the class. Adios.

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    Herlinda — October 6, 2014 @ 6:41 pm

    I made these and they were delish. The only down side is that the cakes didn’t really taste like mexican chocolate. There was the very slightest hint of it, but had I not known I just put two tablets in, I’d have never tasted or guessed it. Otherwise, nice chocolate cale :)

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