Let's move on to baked Alaska. The only dessert that can rule the waves is a dessert. It's Carnival's melting chocolate cake, a dessert that's neither novel nor unique, but which Carnival does so well that it puts luxury cruise line desserts to shame.

Not only is this dessert worth ordering at least once during a Carnival cruise, but it's also easy to make at home when you want to impress guests or return to an amazing vacation. The recipe will be given to you.

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Carnival's most popular dessert

On a Carnival cruise, melting chocolate cake is basically a lava cake or molten chocolate cake that has a firm top but is warm and wet inside. It's served in a small dish. The ice cream will melt on top of the cake if you eat quickly, but it will cut both the heat and the chocolate flavor.

Every night of the cruise, Carnival offers the dessert in the main dining room.

There is a different version of this dessert in the Chibang! restaurant. There is a chocolate ice cream called the Chocolate C-Bang. It was a stand-on-its-own chocolate cake with a moist center that tasted like a melting cake, just with more flour to make it harder.

Chocolate C-Bang at Chibang! on Carnival Celebration. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

Carnival's melting chocolate cake is famous. I am not a trained food critic but I do not like chocolate cake very much in a restaurant setting. Sometimes the cake is too dry, or it's topped with frosting that's too sweet, or it's layers of fruit and nuts that someone doesn't like. The chocolate cake is simple because it is all chocolate. The molten insides are different from the dry ones.

The chefs at the line have mastered this recipe and it always comes out the same way. I've seen cruise lines mess up easy treats, such as a skillet chocolate chip cookie dessert, so I can assure you that it's harder than you think.

I understand that luxury cruise lines do desserts well. Sometimes they try to make a treat that tastes better than it does. I'll take a simple chocolate dessert done well over a froufrou creation with choux pastry and Chantilly cream. Carnival's cake is a dessert with mass appeal, taking simple ingredients and elevating them to something wonderful.

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Carnival melting chocolate cake recipe


If you're interested in learning how this decadent dessert is made, take a look at the melting chocolate cake recipe below. Most or all of the ingredients you have in your kitchen are involved. If you don't own any of the items on the list, you can buy them online or at a home store.


  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 3 ounces sweet chocolate (typically found as German's sweet chocolate; if you can't find it, you can substitute 3 ounces of semisweet chocolate plus 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar)
  • 6 ounces unsalted butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 ounces sugar (preferably fine or superfine sugar, but regular granulated will work)
  • 2 ounces all-purpose flour


  • Melt the chocolate and butter together. (Be careful — chocolate is easy to burn!)
  • Whisk together the eggs and sugar for a few minutes.
  • Add the flour.
  • Add the melted chocolate to the egg mixture, whisking while you pour to keep the warm chocolate from cooking the eggs.
  • Pour the batter evenly into four greased ramekins.
  • Arrange the ramekins on a rimmed baking tray and pour a little water around the bottom of the tray to create a water bath.
  • Bake the melting cakes in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Serve with vanilla ice cream, and enjoy!

Don't you think you're good at baking? It's easy to melt chocolate cake at carnival. They will show you how to do it.

It's not necessary to spend a lot of money on a cruise to try the best dessert at sea. The melting chocolate cake at Carnival is a million-dollar treat and can be eaten at sea or at home.

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