If there could be anything better than good ol’ chocolate cake, this has to be it. A lava cake is a cross between a moist chocolate cake and a brownie. It’s baked so that the outside bakes into chewy delight, while the inside is still melted and gooey, hence “lava.” These lava cakes will sure to impress any guests, or more to the occasion, that special someone that happens to be having dinner with you this Valentine’s Day.
I got this recipe from the amazing Chef John on Youtube, as known as Food Wishes. According to him, this recipe originated from a major catering disaster. The cakes were supposed to be individual chocolate cakes, but someone took them out a bit too early, and the centers were not completely baked yet. Thus, the Chef couldn’t make any more, so he had to introduce these as Chocolate Lava Cakes! A brilliant accident, indeed.
Makes 4 Lava Cakes
- Butter, to grease the ramekins
- 2 eggs
- 2 egg yolks
- 3 tablespoons of white sugar
- 3 and a half ounces of bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 6 tablespoons of butter
- 4 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of instant espressso
- 4 tablespoons of flour
- A pinch of salt
- A dash of vanilla extract
1. With a heavy hand, butter the ramekins. Set them aside in a casserole dish.
2. Whisk the eggs, egg yolks, and sugar together in a medium bowl until they are well combined and the egg mixture is foamy, and a light yellow color.
3. Melt the chocolate and butter in a microwave safe bowl, stirring well in 30 second increments. This ensures that you don’t burn the chocolate into a disgusting mess.
4. Add a spoonful of the melted chocolate mixture into the egg mixture to temper it. Tempering the eggs is important because the eggs might cook and turn into chocolate scrambled eggs through the heat of the chocolate.
5. Slowly add the rest of the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture. Stir to combine.
6. Whisk the cocoa, flour, instant espresso, and salt into the chocolate. Fold to combine.
7. Stir in vanilla extract for a final touch to the batter!
8. Divide the chocolate batter evenly among the ramekins.
9. Refregierate this batter for half an hour. The flavors will meld into chocolate goodness during this time.
10. Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F while you are waiting.
11. Arrange the ramekins in a casserole dish. Add enough hot water to cover about halfway up the ramekins.
12. Bake in the oven for about 16-17 minutes.
13. Cool the lava cakes before serving.
For an exquisite presentation, you can dust freshly powdered sugar before your guests!
This is a very easy recipe that is a sure crowd pleaser. It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day to show your special someone some extra love. In the world of chocolate baked goods, this stands at the height of it all, with its molten center that complements the chewy and soft texture of the cake.
Happy Baking & Valentine’s Day!