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This Valentine’s Day, give your loved one a special treat – Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes for Two! These delicious and indulgent chocolate cakes are the perfect way to show your love, with their warm and gooey centers. They’re made with rich cocoa, giving them an intense and rewarding flavor. Enjoy them best when served hot with ice cream on top.
Do you ever scroll past a picture of a dessert and think I’m going to make that some day? Then a year goes past and you see it again and think to yourself that you are going to make that one day.
I’ve felt that way about Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes for years. Every time I see them on a menu or on a cooking show I think to myself that I’m going to make that.
The one thing stopping me is that I always thought Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes were hard to make and if you cooked them a minute too long or too short they would be ruined. They are one of those baked goods that I’ve always been afraid to make…until now.
- butter (I use salted butter because it really makes the chocolate flavor pop in this recipe)
- semi-sweet chocolate
- powdered sugar
- vanilla extract (use a good quality vanilla)
- sea salt
- flour (all purpose flour works best though you could use a 1:1 gluten free flour)
- vanilla ice cream (I like using vanilla bean ice cream but any type of vanilla ice cream will work)
- chocolate sauce
Scrolling through recipes for Valentine’s Day I came across one that I saved for Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes for 2. They are both individual sized and they don’t take many ingredients to make so I figured if they didn’t turn out I wouldn’t be too upset.
The only thing I needed to look for were my ramekins. These cakes are individual sized so I had to find my 4 ounce ramekins to bake them in. Once I found them we were ready to go.
So one day while my husband was working I strapped my baby into the infant carrier and we made these Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes for 2.
Why is it called Molten Lava Cake?
This cake gets it’s name because when you cut into it the gooey chocolate center comes running out of the cake like molten lava.
How do I make sure my cakes don’t stick to the ramekins?
I like to use baking spray which has oil and flour in it to make sure they don’t stick. You can also spray your ramekins with baking spray then dust them with flour if you don’t have baking spray.
Can I make Molten Lava Cakes ahead of time?
Yes! You can make the batter ahead of time. Simply mix it up, put it in the ramekins, and put them in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before baking. When ready to make them pull the ramekins out of the refrigerator before you begin preheating the oven so that the batter can come to room temperature before baking.
What can I top the cakes with?
I like to top mine with ice cream and chocolate sauce. Another good option is to sprinkle powdered sugar on top. Fruit also pairs nicely with these and a few raspberries or strawberries are my favorite.
I was surprised by how easy these cakes were to make. It really didn’t take any more effort that a regular cake. I worried about the timing but I pulled them out of the oven and hoped for the best.
When I cut through my cake the molten lava chocolate came dripping out! I was super excited. I grabbed my carton of ice cream and scooped out a large scoop of vanilla then drizzled the top of it with chocolate sauce.
More Chocolate Recipes:
- Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes
- Triple Chocolate Cupcakes
- Chocolate Caramel Tart
- Triple Chocolate Candy Bar Cake
- Chocolate Ombre Cake
I couldn’t believe I had been so fearful of this dessert. It turns out they weren’t very difficult to make and were made, cooked, and ready to enjoy in under 30 minutes.
I am glad I tried them ahead of time so I wasn’t worried about them when I made them for Valentine’s Day. I’ve made these four or five times now and as long as you time them correctly in the oven they come out great!
So if you like rich, chocolatey desserts give this one a try! It’s great for a quick dessert or if you only want to make enough cake for two people.
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- 1/4 c. butter
- 2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 c. powdered sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 c. flour
- 1 c. vanilla ice cream
- 2 Tablespoons chocolate sauce
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Spray two 6 oz ramekins with baking spray and put a piece of parchment paper in the bottoms. Place them on a baking sheet.
- Place the butter and chocolate in a microwave safe dish and melt in the microwave for 20 seconds. Stir and heat for an additional 20 seconds. Stir and heat for 20 more seconds or until it is totally melted.
- Whisk in the powdered sugar.
- Add the egg and egg yolk. Mix well.
- Stir in the vanilla.
- Add in the flour and salt and mix until just combined.
- Pour half of the batter into each ramekin.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand 2 minutes. Run a knife along the edges and turn over onto a plate.
- Place a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate on each and serve warm.
Recipe adapted from Live Well Bake Often