Microwave Red Velvet Lava Cakes

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! I cannot believe that it is already the middle of February.  We really have no plans and just plan on going out to dinner with the kids.  We will probably go on a date night in a couple of weeks when the restaurants are less crowded.  I have a last minute Valentine’s Day treat for you today.  This one is so easy that it can be made in a matter of minutes in the microwave.  Also it would be great for anytime you want a quick sweet treat.
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw that I broke my camera lens when I was photographing this recipe.  I usually don’t use my tripod, but decided to for this recipe.  I set up my camera on the tripod and left it for a minute to go get something.  When I wasn’t looking, the tripod tipped over and my lens smashed onto the floor.  Luckily my camera body is okay, but I need to get a new lens.
These Microwave Red Velvet Lava Cakes were so good and they were so easy to make.  This is the perfect dessert when you want a sweet treat but you don’t want to spend a lot of time making it.  In each bite you get delicious red velvet cake, chocolate ganache, and whipped cream.  This would be a great dessert to split for Valentine’s Day.
I made these cute red velvet cakes in jars, but you could make it in a mug or in another container.  These jars would be perfect for two people to share.  This was easily made using a boxed red velvet mix with chocolate ganache in the center and then was all microwaved for 90 seconds.  This made about 6 small mason jars worth of lava cake. If you don’t want to make all the cake at once you could make all of the batter then refrigerate the leftover batter and ganache to make another time.  I hope you enjoy this simple and decadent treat!



Microwave Red Velvet Lava Cakes


  • 1 box (18.25 ounces) red velvet cake + the ingredients on the back of the box
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Whipped cream


  1. Mix up the red velvet cake batter according to the directions on the box. 
  2. Then make the ganache.  For the ganache, place the chocolate chips into a medium sized bowl. In a small saucepan, pour the cream in and bring it to a boil. As soon as the cream boils up to the top of the pan, quickly remove it from the heat and pour it over the chocolate chips.  Whisk the cream and chocolate chips together until combined and the chocolate chips are fully melted.  
  3. Fill the jar or whatever microwaveable safe container you decide to use slightly less than half way with red velvet cake batter.  Put 2 tablespoons of ganache in the center of the batter pushing it into the batter, without mixing it in with the batter.  Then put enough extra batter in to cover the ganache. 
  4. Microwave one at a time for 90 seconds or until done.  If it starts overflowing, stop the microwave until it goes down, then continue again.  Top with whipped cream and eat right away.  
  5. If desired, you can refrigerate the remaining batter and ganache to make another time.

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  1. Sorry to hear about your camera. I think it’s smart, though, your choosing not to go out for V-Day. My wife and I were swamped in a crowded restaurant. Also, I love these cakes. It strongly appeals to my desire for instant gratification when it comes to cake cravings. It’s awesome.