Eat what elves eat – delicious Lava Field Cake

Lava field cake

Lava field cake

Are you ready to taste a real fairy-tale-like dessert? We have something special and so mouth-watering for you. Now you can prepare a feast like elves do in Iceland. Ladies and Gentlemen, that’s the Lava Field Cake.

It sounds unbelievable, but it’s not a joke. This cake really looks like Icelandic lava field, with fluffy, green moss on the top. It’s fantastic in its combination of damp blackness and intense greenness.

Lava field cake

We don’t want to make you sad, but you won’t find this dessert in Iceland. It is our own interpretation of amazing Icelandic nature. We were inspired by many charming lava fields visited during our trips and there are plenty of them on this island. We just love this kind of landscape.

This is the sort of cake you’d want to eat at once. It captivates all senses. It is super yummy, the chocolate flavour is so intense. And it looks unearthly, so green! It contains very healthy pumpkin seed flour which can give your body a real boost. What’s more, it’s easy and so quick to prepare, so you won’t get impatient waiting for the effects. Attention please – it’s baked in only 20 minutes.

You will surprise everyone. Well, don’t wait – spoil yourself, your family and friends with the best Icelandic elf treat. Indulge yourself. Enjoy!

Lava field cake


  • 125 g unsalted butter
  • 250 g dark chocolate
  • 4 eggs
  • 150 g pumpkin seed flour + some to put on the cake’s top
  • 125 g caster sugar


  1. You will need a round 25 cm baking form. Preheat the oven to 180°C/ 356°F. Put baking paper and grease the form.

  2. Cut the butter into small pieces. Break half of the chocolate (125 g) into squares and then melt both in a water bath. Take the mass from the heat; add mixed egg yolks and pumpkin seed flour, combine everything.

  3. Whip up egg white (the mass should be half done, a bit runny). While mixing slowly add sugar to the egg white mass. Mix it to tense, shining texture like in a meringue case.

  4. Add ¼ white egg mass to the chocolate mass, mix it with a spoon, wait a second. Then add the rest of white egg mass and mix with a spoon again. Add chocolate cut into small pieces (125g).

  5. Put the mass in the prepared form and then put it in the oven for 20 minutes. Leave baked cake to get cold a little for about 30 minutes. (It will get smaller, like a brownie size and it will crack – don’t worry it’s the desired effect!) Put pumpkin seed flour on the top to cover the whole space. The cake tastes best when eaten half an hour after baking when it’s still warm.

Lava field cake

Lava field Vestmannaeyjar

Lava field Vestmannaeyjar

How did you like our Lava Field Cake?

Comments (4)

Wow you did an amazing job making the cake look like the landscape. Iceland looks like a fairy tale land. It’s very beautiful. Lovely blog you’ve got around here. I love the photography and insights into Iceland. ^_^

Hi, Lila! Thank you for kind words, we are very pleased to hear that! 🙂

Judith Goulding

Hi Marta & Adam, I just made this yesterday – delicious!! The supermarket didn’t have pumpkin seed flour, but it was easy enough to grind my own from pumpkin seeds. Super intense chocolate flavour and really light – thanks for the lovely recipe!! 😀

Hello, Judith 😉 We are really happy to hear that! Great that you liked the cake 😉

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