You all know we love Carnival Cruises! They are one of our favorite ways to explore new places and travel. We are dreaming of our next trip. One of our favorite desserts on a Carnival Cruise is the Carnival Chocolate Melting Cake. It is on the menu nightly and is so good! The chef was nice enough to share this Carnival Cruise Chocolate Melting Cake Recipe during one of our cruises.
Carnival Chocolate Melting Cake
While they make them by the hundreds, we luckily do not have to, which is good for our waistlines and poor kitchens. Watching them prepare the Warm Chocolate lava cake was terrific. Talk about a stack of butter and a massive pile of chocolate. It was so amazing to see.
If you have a Carnival Cruise booked, we recommend the Chef's Table for a behind-the-scenes look at the kitchens. It is truly a fantastic experience! Plus, the food is beyond delicious!
This easy recipe shows you how to make Carnival Cruises’ Warm Chocolate Melting Cake so you can bring your cruise vacation to your home kitchen!
Here is a quick overview of the simple ingredients for making an epic Carnival Chocolate Melting Cake! The printable recipe card at the bottom of the post includes specific measurements and step-by-step instructions.
- Dark Chocolate
- Unsalted Butter
Optional garnish - strawberries, nuts, fresh berries, caramel
How to Make Carnival Melting Chocolate Cake
I've included complete instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, but here's a quick version.
- Melt the chocolate and butter.
- Mix the eggs and sugar, whisk for a few minutes, and then add the flour.
- Add the egg mixture to the melted chocolate and mix.
- Pour the mixture into a greased mold/ramekin
- Enjoy the gooey chocolate goodness
Preparation and Storage
Make Ahead + Storage: We rarely leave leftovers of this delicious chocolate cake, but you can keep any leftover portions refrigerated in an airtight container for up to three days. You can also make the batter and keep it in the fridge for up to three days before baking.
Freezing/How to Freeze: Nothing beats the gooeyness of a fresh-from-the-oven Carnival Chocolate Melting Cake, but you can freeze any extra portions in an airtight container or bag for up to three months. Wait for the cake to cool, and wrap it snugly in foil or plastic before sending it to the freezer to keep the freezer burn at bay.
How to Reheat: Thaw your leftover portions overnight in the fridge, then reheat them for a few minutes in the microwave or oven, depending on how many servings you prepare.
Substitutions: This recipe works well with dark chocolate chips, melting wafers, or baking chocolate.
Vegetarian Option: Our CopyCat Carnival Chocolate Melting Cake is a vegetarian delight!
Vegan Option: Replace dark chocolate, butter, and eggs with vegan substitutes to make this cake vegan-friendly. We recommend using a liquid egg substitute to keep the cake’s texture silky and moist.
Gluten-Free: Gluten-free eaters should replace all-purpose flour with gluten-free flour. Pure chocolate is gluten-free, but processed chocolate products may contain gluten-unsafe ingredients, so replace this ingredient with gluten-free chocolate if you are highly sensitive.
Smaller Serving Size + Larger Group/More Servings: The written recipe makes four servings. Scale it up or down to your desired yield, making sure you have extra ramekins to fit the batter if you scale up.
Sugar-Free: The written recipe contains 21 grams of sugar per serving. Use sugar-free baking chocolate and a white sugar alternative to make this cake sugar-free.
Tips for the Best Carnival Chocolate Melting Cake
- Room-temperature eggs and warm chocolate are easier to mix evenly, so bring both ingredients to room temperature beforehand.
- Melting chocolate for baking is easy and doesn’t require fancy equipment! Make a double boiler by placing the chocolate in a small bowl, then place the bowl in a saucepan filled with an inch or two of water, ensuring the water level is low enough that it doesn’t reach the inside. Set the heat to low and let the chocolate melt away.
- We love serving this cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! How ice cream melts into a gooey, warm chocolate cake is a sight to behold and taste.
- Mix peanut butter or Nutella into your cake batter for a nutty Chocolate Melting Cake! We picked up this tip on one of our cruise trips.
What to Serve with Carnival Chocolate Melting Cake
Carnival Cruise Line Chocolate Melting Cake is an effortless way to experience the luxury of a Carnival Cruise from home. Impress your dinner guests with a fabulous chocolate cake, or share one with your sweetie over a classy date night dinner - after all, there’s always a reason to celebrate life and love!
Sides: Sugared Cranberries, Hasselback Potatoes, Caprese Pasta Salad, Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash, Carrot Soufflé, Crock Pot Stuffed Tomatoes, CrockPot Shrimp & Grits, Strawberry Bruschetta, Shrimp Remoulade, CrockPot Bacon Wrapped Potatoes
Main Dishes: CrockPot Port Braised Beef Short Ribs, CrockPot Rosemary Pork, Caprese Eggs Benedict, Balsamic Chicken Skewers, CrockPot Salisbury Steak, CrockPot Beef Tips & Gravy, Shrimp Linguini, CrockPot Roast with Red Potatoes, Grilled Shrimp with Avocado Butter
Desserts: Hershey Pie, Sweet & Salty Chocolate Dessert Bar, Creme Brulee Cheesecake Bars, Carrot Cake with Pineapple, Coconut & Port Wine, CopyCat Olive Garden Lemon Cream Cake, Strawberry Shortcake, CrockPot Cherries Jubilee, Apple Blackberry Fruit Tart
Drinks: Alchemy Bar Revved Up Mojito Martini, Chocolate Cake Shot, Chocolate Covered Cherry Shot, Classic Grasshopper Drink, Cranberry Mimosa, Raspberry Pomegranate Lemonade Cocktail, 40 Is the New 20 Martini Cocktail, Martini Seduction, Alchemist Sidecar
When to Serve
- Dinner Date Night
- Dinner and Drinks
- To show off your favorite cruise dessert to friends and family
- Valentine's Day
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Carnival Cruise Warm Chocolate Melting Cake Recipe
- Melt chocolate and butter
- Mix the eggs and sugar, whisk for a few minutes and then add in the flour
- Add the egg mix to the melted chocolate and mix together
- Pour the mix into a greased bowl/mold
- Bake in the oven at 390 degrees F for 14 minutes
Recipe originally shared on April 18, 2017. Updated January 2021.