Monday, April 13, 2020

Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe

Chocolate molten lava cake is a fancy dish that is SO easy to re-create at home. With just 5 ingredients and 25 minutes, you can enjoy this decadent dessert any time you want.

It... is.... soooo......yummy and you won't believe how easy it is.

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chocolate lava cake with a scoop of ice cream on top



Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe

Many restaurants have a version of lava cake, or molten chocolate cakes. Cruise lines also are famous for them. I have to tell you though, after making my own, the lava cakes on our last cruise just weren't up to snuff.

Homemade is SO much better and they really are extremely easy. I promise!

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JUST 5 INGREDIENTS ARE NEEDED FOR MOLTEN LAVA CAKE

HELPFUL KITCHEN TOOLS 


HOW TO MAKE EASY CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKES FROM SCRATCH

Ok, let's get started. I'll walk you through the whole process. It's so simple - a 5 ingredient, one bowl recipe.

The recipe is at the very end, if you want to skip ahead.
chocolate and butter for lava cakes

Place butter and semi sweet baking squares in a bowl.

I like to use a Baker's semi sweet chocolate bar.  Baker's chocolate is found in the baking aisle near the chocolate chips. You can try substituting another high quality baking chocolate, but DO NOT use chocolate chips - it won't turn out right.

Put it in microwave for 1-2 minutes. Stir until chocolate is completely melted and incorporated into the butter.
adding powdered sugar to chocolate mixture

Add powdered sugar and stir.

adding eggs to chocolate mixture

Add the whole eggs and the yolks and stir until combined.

 
adding the flour to the batter

 Add flour and stir. 

At this point, you can either bake them, or store the batter in the fridge for up to two days to bake later. You can either store the entire bowl of batter in the fridge. Or you can divide the batter into the prepared ramekins before refrigerating. Either way be sure to cover the batter. 

If refrigerated, let sit out until it comes to room temperature before baking. 

lava cake batter in ramekins

Pour into four greased ramekins. I use cooking spray to grease them.



What can I use instead of ramekins for lava cake?

A muffin tin is a great substitution! If you decide to use a muffin tin be aware that you will have more cakes (6-8) but they will be smaller. They also require less cooking time (8-9 minutes), but they turn out just as good.

Since this recipe makes 4 lava cakes and there are six people in our family, I often make them in muffin tins so there is enough for everyone.


Bake at 425. Muffin cakes take about 8-9 minutes and the ramekins take 13-14 minutes.

chocolate lava cake
Let sit 1 minute. Then dump out and devour! 

As soon as you cut into it, all the "lava" comes pouring out. It's oh-so-delicious! 

I like them best with a scoop of ice cream. The ooey gooey inside is the perfect chocolate fudge sauce. 

This would be the perfect Valentines dessert.

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN THE LAVA CAKE IS DONE?


The edges of the lava cake will be firm, but the center will still be jiggly and not set. Remember the longer you cook it, the less molten chocolate will be in the center.

HOW TO STORE CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKE

I fully recommend making these right before serving. They are best eaten within minutes of baking. That's when you get the best molten "lava".

If they sit around, they continue cooking. If they are re-heated they also continue cooking. Both of these scenarios will cause the gooey chocolate sauce to be cooked and ultimately turn into cake, instead of sauce.

It still tastes good, but the whole point of the lava cake is to have all that gooey yumminess. So do yourself a favor and bake them right before you would like to eat them.

If you want to get the prep work done ahead of time, feel free to mix up the batter and refrigerate until ready to bake. Be sure to let the batter sit out on the counter until it comes to room temperature before baking.


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MORE CHOCOLATE DESSERT RECIPES




Lava Cake

Lava Cake

Servings: 4
Author:
Prep time: 10 MCook time: 14 MTotal time: 24 M
The best ooey gooey chocolate lava cake!

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. semi sweet chocolate
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 6 T. flour

Instructions:

How to cook Lava Cake

  1. Place butter and chocolate in a medium sized bowl. 
  2. Put in microwave and cook for 1 minute, or until butter has melted.
  3. Stir until chocolate has melted and is incorporated into the butter.
  4. Add powdered sugar and stir.
  5. Add eggs and egg yolks, stir.
  6. Add flour and stir.
  7. Spoon batter into 4 well greased custard cups.
  8. Bake at 425 for 13-14 minutes, or until edges are firm, but center is still jiggly.
  9. Let sit 1 minute.
  10. Using a knife, loosen the edges of the cups and flip out onto serving plate. 
  11. Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.
Calories
559.18
Fat (grams)
36.28
Sat. Fat (grams)
21.23
Carbs (grams)
56.74
Fiber (grams)
1.99
Net carbs
54.75
Sugar (grams)
44.25
Protein (grams)
7.13
Sodium (milligrams)
226.05
Cholesterol (grams)
246.26
Nutrition information is automatically generated and is not guaranteed to be correct.
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13 comments :

  1. That looks really yummy! I almost want to make on before breakfast :)

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  2. That looks a little bit too delish! I'm going with 2 scoops of ice cream!

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  3. I love lava cakes! This looks great

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  4. Visiting from I Heart Nap Time's Sundae Scoop :)

    Kristina
    http://www.yomichaelmichael.com

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  5. This looks so yummy! I would love for you to come by and link up to my Recipe Party at The Sweet Spot!

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  6. Oh, goodness, someone give me a fork! That looks FABulous...thaaaaank you for sharing at Shine on Fridays!

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  7. Okay, now I am dying for chocolate! These look fabulous! I am hosting my first link party today, and would love for you to add this, along with anything else you like!
    http://www.mom4realky.blogspot.com/2012/02/4-real-friday-link-party-1.html
    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

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  8. Wow, that looks good! All that ooey gooey stuff just falls out of the cake, I love that. I have to try this!

    http://www.thejohnslife.com/BabycakesBlog/

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  9. Love this idea so much that I am featuring it today!
    ~Tonia @TheGunnySack

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  10. These are a weakness of mine (one of many!) Thank you so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!

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  11. omg these look amazing! I love molten chocolate cakes, but I've never tried making one. I'm excited to give this recipe a shot. Thanks for sharing! :)

    -Emily @ myloveforwords.com

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