Unique lava cakes that go beyond the basics
Molten lava cakes are a timeless dessert loved by almost everyone. But after a while, we get bored of chocolate and look to other flavours of cake that still burst with warm gooey sauce when cut into. Here’s a list of 10 alternatives to chocolate lava cake you won’t want to miss out on.
1. Baked Pistachio Melt & Pandan Ice Cream
This Baked Pistachio Melt & Pandan Ice Cream ($12++) from FYR Cycene Ond Drinc is a pistachio-flavoured cake with a gooey middle sitting on a bed of pandan creme anglaise, garnished with pistachios and cinnamon. It comes with a generous scoop of pandan ice-cream and is topped with a roasted marshmallow. While it might look a little messy, this unique combination will leave you craving more.
Address: 19 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069619
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am to 11pm
Tel: 6221 3703
2. White Rabbit
A soft, spongy matcha-flavoured cake dripping with creamy White Rabbit Candy sauce encased in a crunchy crust, this definitely isn’t your mainstream lava cake. Topped with a thin layer of house-made sesame peanut brittle, this White Rabbit ($6.50) from Out Of The Cake Box is a combination of delicious flavours in a form you wouldn’t expect.
Check out our full review of Out Of The Cake Box!
Address: 45 Telok Blangah Drive, #01-173, Singapore 100045
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 12pm to 8:30pm, Sat 12pm to 9pm, Sun & PH 10am to 5pm
Tel: 6271 1975
3. Speculoos Avalanche
For a classier presentation of an equally unusual combination of flavours, Speculoos Avalanche ($13.90+) from Non Entrée Desserts should be your go-to. It’s a speculoos lava cake that rests atop a thin disc of almond nougatine, suspended over a glass bowl containing cookie crumble and a scoop of salted caramel ice-cream. They also offer a range of other Avalanche lava cakes, including classic flavours like chocolate.
Check out our full review of Non Entrée Desserts!
Address: 204 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218451
Opening hours: Tue-Thur 2pm to 10pm, Fri-Sat 2pm to 11pm, Sun 2pm to 10pm
Tel: 9878 6543
4. Salty Butter Caramel Lava Cake
So this might sound a little basic, but a Salty Butter Lava Cake ($16++) that comes with warm gooey salted caramel inside is not something you’d want to pass up. Along with ice-cream and crunchy crackers, a bite of this creates a party in your mouth. A cake with 90 percent filling, this dessert from Sabio by the Sea also has a balanced sweetness that isn’t cloying.
Address: 31 Ocean Way, #01-02, Quayside Isle, Singapore 098373
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 3pm to 10pm, Thur 3pm to 10:30pm, Fri-Sat 12pm to 11pm, Sun 12pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 6690 7568
5. Thai Milk Tea Lava Cake
Thai milk tea has been gaining popularity lately, and Haha Thai was quick to pick up on it and transform this drink into – you guessed it – a molten lava cake. Thai Milk Tea Lava Cake ($10.80++) served with a scoop of cold coconut ice-cream makes for a good alternative to more typical Thai desserts such as mango sticky rice and red ruby.
6. Red Velvet Lava Cake
A chocolaty Red Velvet Lava Cake ($10.80++) oozing with a mixture of molten red velvet and cream cheese, Haha Thai once again delivers a twist on classic desserts. This lava cake, too, comes with a scoop of coconut ice-cream. Despite being a Thai restaurant, Haha Thai gives proper dessert cafes a run for their money with its assortment of delectable lava cakes that stands out.
Address: 391 Orchard Road, #05-29, Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238873
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 11:30am to 10pm, Fri-Sun 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6299 4401
7. Mao Shan Wang Lava Cake
When it comes to lava cakes, Mao Shan Wang Lava Cake is probably as Singaporean as it gets. A handful of cafes around the island that are under the same company serve this durian dessert. The most popular would probably be Ice Edge Cafe, and their 2.0 version, Chapter 55, that offer it at $14.80+ with a scoop of ice-cream of your choice. Many opt for mao shan wang ice-cream, but they have a wide variety of flavours at each cafe, so feel free to try a crazy combination! Savoury, the halal sister of the two, offers the same deal.
Ice Edge Cafe
Address: 2 Kovan Rise, Singapore 548008
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 12am
Tel: 6858 5729
Address: 55 Tiong Bahru Road, #01-37, Singapore 160055
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 11pm
Tel: 6221 2219
Address: 246 Jalan Kayu, Singapore 799470
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 6pm to 11:30pm, Sat 12pm to 1:30am, Sun 12pm to 11:30pm
Tel: 6752 9288
8. Valrhona Hot Chocolate Soup
Before you jump the gun and assume this is just another ordinary molten chocolate lava cake, Osia, a Michelin-starred restaurant, puts an unexpected twist on this classic – a side of black-peppered vanilla ice-cream. Valrhona Hot Chocolate Soup ($20++) is a molten soup of Valrhona chocolate, with only the top being an actual cake, but the unique ice-cream and sesame crisp make it one-of-a-kind. 100 percent not basic.
Check out our list of affordable Michelin-starred restaurants!
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Festive Walk, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore 098269
Opening hours: Thur-Tue 12pm to 2:30pm, 6pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 6577 6688
9. Vodka Chocolate Lava Cake
Here’s one for those who want a boozy kick. Vodka Chocolate Lava Cake ($13++) from Museo is a chocolate lava cake filled with a molten centre infused with vodka, served in a syringe through the middle, so you can control the amount of vodka you’d like. You can also choose the flavour of gelato you want, although we would recommend Champagne Vanilla.
Address: 31 Ocean Way, #01-22, Sentosa Cove, Quayside Isle, Singapore 098375
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 2pm to 11pm, Fri 2pm to 12am, Sat 12pm to 12am, Sun 12pm to 11pm
Tel: 6734 8066
10. Peanut Butter Choc Lava Cake
Last but definitely not least, Domino’s has their own rendition of lava cake. Peanut Butter Choc Lava Cake ($6.80 each, $8.80 for two) comes with a molten mixture of peanut butter and chocolate encased in a soft yet slightly crumbly chocolate cake shell.
Check out our full review of Domino’s!
Now you know where to get interesting lava cakes
Chocolate lava cake will always be one of my favourite desserts, but sometimes we need to add a twist to it, and these are but 10 of the lava cakes we’ve found that do just that. Let us know if there are any other interesting lava cakes you’ve come across in Singapore!