Chocolate Tortino With a Melted Heart

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5 from 4 votes
Calories: 412.53|Fat: 20.57|Carbohydrates: 52|Protein: 5.23 | 23 minutes
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The Tortino al Cioccolato, chocolate tortino, souffle, or lava cake are synonyms of warm chocolatey goodness in the form of a small chocolate cake with a moist and liquid chocolate center. The most interesting part is when you crack into the center and you see the liquid chocolate oozing out into the plate.
chocolate tortino with warm goey chocolate in the center
Is there anything this chocolate tortino can’t fix? It’s like a delicious superhero, swooping in to save the day, one bite at a time. So, to all my fellow tortino aficionados out there, remember: when life gives you lemons, trade them for chocolate tortinos and watch your problems melt away faster than butter in a hot skillet!

“During my second trip to Tuscany over 13 years ago, I discovered my first chocolate tortino. While enjoying a light lunch in the heart of Siena, the waiter suggested their delectable tortino dessert. Despite not feeling particularly hungry, I couldn’t resist. This Hot Chocolate ‘Love’ Cake truly melted my heart with its rich, velvety texture and intense chocolate flavor. Try it for Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day. Trust me, you won’t regret it! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐”  – Caroline

Why you’ll like it

Indulge in the rich, unmistakable taste of chocolate that takes center stage in every bite of this lava cake. It’s even more chocolatey than our beloved chocolate cake recipe!

This dessert tortino is a perfect balance of moist chocolate cake enveloping an irresistibly ooey-gooey molten center. Just be sure not to over-bake them for that ideal texture. But no worry, no need for elaborate techniques or specialized equipment. You will find that these lava cakes are incredibly easy to make with zero complicated steps – whip up the batter, bake it in ramekins or a muffin pan, and voila!  It’s perfect to serve on its own though I love to serve with a handful of berries and my kids love it with vanilla ice cream.

This recipe is even more special since you don’t have to prepare anything different for your vegan guests allowing everyone to indulge in its deliciousness guilt-free.


  • Winner for romantic evening or dinner with friends
  • Thick, gooey molten chocolate in the middle
  • Only 6 ingredients
  • No mixer required
  • No cooling time!
chocolate tortino with warm goey chocolate in the center

Chocolate Tortino Recipe

5 from 4 votes
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Author Caroline Sciberras
Servings 4 people
Calories 412.53
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Fat: 20.57|Carbohydrates: 52|Protein: 5.23


The Tortino al Cioccolato, chocolate tortino, souffle, or lava cake are synonyms of warm chocolatey goodness in the form of a small chocolate cake with a moist and liquid chocolate center. The most interesting part is when you crack into the center and you see the liquid chocolate oozing out into the plate.


For the cupcakes (4 with 8cm diameter)

  • 100 g Dark chocolate
  • 40 g Flour 00
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 70 g Sugar
  • 40 ml Vegetable Oil
  • 40 g Cacao powder
  • 1 cup Plant-based Milk
  • 1 Vanilla bean

To Serve

  • 10 g Icing Sugar


  • First cut the dark chocolate into chunks, then place in a pan and melt in the chocolate in a bain marie or in microwave. Stir with a spoon to help it melt quicker.
  • Pour the melted chocolate in a bowl, add the sugar, the oil, cacao, backing powder, the plant-based milk, vanilla bean seeds and the flour.
  • Continue to whisk until it is light and frothy.
  • Take some 8cm molds with a high edge and oil the bottom and edges well. Subsequently, sprinkle with cacao or brown sugar.
  • Pour the mixture filling 2/3 of the mold and then cook in a preheated conventional oven at 180 degrees for 10 – 13 minutes. Take out of the oven immediately.
  • Sprinkle some icing sugar and serve immediately

Tips & Tricks

  • No ramekins? No problem! Your trusty muffin pan can save the day. Since standard muffin cups are typically smaller than ramekins, you’ll want to divide the batter among 6 muffin cups instead of 4. Bake them for 8-10 minutes, and you’ll still achieve that perfect lava cake texture.
  • Substitutions for Vegan Delight: In this recipe, I swapped the traditional butter and eggs for vegetable oil and plant-based milk to create a decadent chocolate tortino that’s entirely vegan-friendly. The result? A hot chocolate pleasure bomb bursting with flavor!
  • Perfect Timing: When baking your chocolate tortino, ensure you strike the right balance with cooking time. It shouldn’t be too long or too short. Use the toothpick test to determine when they’re perfectly cooked—moist crumbs clinging to the toothpick indicate it’s time to indulge in that gooey, liquid chocolate center.
  • Make-Ahead Tip: Start batch-freezing these small cakes so that you can serve them in 15 minutes whenever you feel like it. Test the exact time it takes to take out from the freezer and cook perfectly in your oven to ensure you’ll impress guests!

Ingredient Substitutions & Variations

  • Orange Zest: Replace the vanilla bean with freshly grated orange zest for a citrusy twist.
  • Coconut Oil & Milk: Swap out the vegetable oil for coconut oil and use coconut milk instead of plant-based milk for a tropical flavor.
  • Raspberries: Fold in fresh raspberries into the batter for bursts of fruity sweetness.
  • Almond Flavor: Substitute the vanilla with a splash of almond extract for an almond-flavored tortino. If you swap the flour with ground almonds you might need to experiment before getting the perfect tortino.
  • Mocha Flavor: Mix in a tablespoon of instant coffee granules or brewed coffee for a rich mocha flavor.
  • Chili Chocolate Kick: Add a pinch of chili powder or cayenne pepper for a spicy chocolate experience.
  • Hazelnut or Peanuts: Replace the dark chocolate with hazelnut chocolate and fold in chopped hazelnuts for a Nutella-inspired tortino. Swirl creamy peanut butter into the batter before baking for a decadent peanut butter-chocolate fusion.
  • Gluten-Free Option: Substitute gluten-free flour for the all-purpose flour to make a gluten-free version of the tortino.

Storage & Make Ahead Suggestions

  1. Refrigeration: After baking, allow the tortino to cool completely at room temperature. Once cooled, transfer them to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  2. Freezing: For longer-term storage, tortino can be frozen. After baking and cooling, wrap each tortino individually in plastic wrap or aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn. Then, place them in a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 1 month.
  3. Thawing and Reheating: When ready to enjoy frozen tortinos, thaw them overnight in the refrigerator. Once thawed, bake them at the same temperature and for the same duration as fresh tortinos. However, add 5-10 minutes to the baking time to ensure they are heated through completely. Alternatively, microwave individual tortinos for 20-30 seconds until warm.

How to Serve the Chocolate Tortino?

Once the warm indulgent chocolate tortino are served onto plates, the fun begins! Here are some delightful toppings to pair with these decadent chocolate lava cakes:

  • Ice Cream and/or Whipped Cream: A scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream adds a creamy contrast to the warm chocolate center.
  • Fruit Sauces: Drizzle raspberry or strawberry sauce over the top for a fruity burst of flavor that complements the rich chocolate.
  • Nutty Spreads: Spoon melted peanut butter or Nutella over the lava cakes for a nutty, indulgent twist.
  • Salted Caramel: Drizzle warm salted caramel sauce for a sweet and salty combination that enhances the chocolatey goodness.
  • Fresh Berries: Garnish with fresh berries such as raspberries or strawberries for a pop of color and freshness.

chocolate tortino with melted chocolate and served with ice cream and rapsberries

Health Info

  • Calories: 412.53
  • Sugar: 32.35
  • Sodium: 102.74
  • Fat: 20.57
  • Carbohydrates: 52
  • Fiber: 5.95
  • Protein: 5.23


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4 thoughts on “Chocolate Tortino with a melted heart (20 mins)”

  1. 5 stars
    Absolutely fantastic! I prepared these for my family tonight, and they were truly extraordinary. Alongside, I served some blueberries, and vanilla ice cream, creating the ideal dessert for my loved ones!

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