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Chocolate Lava Cake - Molten Lava Cake Recipe

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Chocolate lava cake recipe, how to make molten chocolate lava cake with step by step pictures.

Chocolate lava cake is my ultimate indulgence and my first second third love. Making molten chocolate lava cake is easy and perfect for Valentine's day. This lava cake is just for two; but you can double or thrible the recipe.

Molten lava cakes are nothing but "slightly undercooked cake" and the center is not cooked or turned into a cake texture thus making it a creamy chocolate sauce. Now, if you keep it longer in the oven, then it will turn to a beautiful chocolate cake, minus the lava.

So, you need to bake this in very hot oven for just 8 mins (pls note oven temperature varies with different types of oven). When I make this, I actually keep a timer because many a time these became cakes and spoil the fun for my kids. They want chocolate lava so my son's idea of a timer did work. Another tip is that you can pull it out of the oven when you see the cake batter rising and a small crust is formed.

I have been making this lava cake for sometime now; when my kids friends dropped in I made it in muffin pans.
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I have made in steel katories (steel bowls) just letting you know that incase you do not have ramekins...

No ramekins! still you can bake them.
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I once had chocolate lava cake from dominos and I did not like the "flour" taste in the chocolate sauce; so when I developed this recipe some eons ago I specifically kept in mind about the "flour" taste and so this recipe has only 1 tbsp of all purpose flour.

A word about chocolate, I used semi sweet dark chocolate and not cocoa powder. If you look closely in the picture above you can see that after greasing the "steel katori" I dusted with cocoa powder as it does give a more chocolate flavor; but when I made this in the ramekins I did not dust with cocoa as I have noticed that when dusting with cocoa or granulated sugar; it tends to stick slightly and is not able to remove easily...but my kids does not mind spooning it out.

molten lava cake

You can dust with powdered sugar or cocoa powder, also this cake is best to be served warm with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream or you just plain like I served.

How to make chocolate lava cake with step by step pictures.

Preheat oven to 200 degree c and butter 2 ramekins and keep aside.
Chop or grate chocolate into a large bowl. Add in butter. Heat another saucepan with water and once it starts to boil, place the bowl with chocolate on top of it and melt it. This is double boiling technique. You can also melt chocolate in a microwave.
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Into another bowl add in egg, sugar, vanilla essence, oil, and instant coffee powder. Whisk this until it is mixed thoroughly (homogeneous).
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Add in the melted chocolate, mix well.
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Add in all purpose flour, whisk it to incorporate.
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Pour this into the greased ramekins, keep them on a baking tray and bake for 8 minutes. Remove them from the oven and allow it to stand for 1 min and run a knife around the sides of the cake so that it will loosen a bit and invert to a tray. Dust with powdered sugar.
Spoon into the center and you can see the chocolate sauce coming out.
This is best served warm. Enjoy a romantic evening on Valentine's day :)
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Other chocolate recipes you may like:
Homemade hot chocolate mix
Chocolate poke cake
Hot fudge sauce
Hersheys homemade chocolate sauce

Chocolate Lava Cake - Molten Lava Cake Recipe


PREP TIME: 7 mins    |  COOK TIME: 8 mins    |  AUTHOR::
  chocolate lava cake  

  INGREDIENTS

  • Semi sweet dark chocolate: 50 gms
  • Butter: 50 gms (1/4 cup)
  • Granulated sugar: 3 tbsp
  • Egg: 1
  • Vanilla essence: 1/2 tsp
  • Instant coffee powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Oil: 1 tbsp
  • Flour: 1 tbsp


  METHOD:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degree C and butter 2 ramekins and keep aside.
  2. Chop or grate chocolate into a large bowl. Add in butter. Heat another saucepan with water and once it starts to boil, place the bowl with chocolate on top of it and melt it. This is double boiling technique. You can also melt chocolate in a microwave.
  3. Into another bowl add in egg, sugar, vanilla essence, oil, and instant coffee powder. Whisk this until it is mixed thoroughly (homogeneous).
  4. Add in all purpose flour, whisk it to incorporate.
  5. Pour this into the greased ramekins, keep them on a baking tray and bake for 8 minutes. Remove them from the oven and allow it to stand for 1 min and run a knife around the sides of the cake so that it will loosen a bit and invert to a tray. Dust with powdered sugar.
  6. Spoon into the center and you can see the chocolate sauce coming out.
  7. This is best served warm.

NOTES

  • preheat oven to 200 degree C and bake for exactly 8 mins though oven temp varies with oven.
  • Since I used salted butter I did not add any extra salt.
  • If you find it difficult to get the correct baking time; another tip is to remove them from the oven immediately the crust on top is formed.
  • Do not worry that the cake is undercooked and so the egg is raw; they are cooked but only it has not formed into a cake.
  • Place the ramekins on a tray as this will help in removing from the oven.
  • Use chocolate and not cocoa powder. Adding instant coffee intensifies the chocolate taste.

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Comments

  1. Oh my goodness - these look so delicious.

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  2. Nothing better than gooey chocolate goodness!

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  3. These look delicious. Thank you for the easy to follow step by step instructions. I may put my kids in charge of making these :-)

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    1. Yes Sandi, so easy that kids can make them in no time.

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  4. These look so rich and divine! I wish I could have one now.

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  5. Simply a masterpiece of a choco lava cake. Excellent preparation.
    Deepa

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  6. Thanks a lot for such an amazing and easy recipe, I made it y'day, my husband and sister loved it. I added little extra sugar as my dark chocolate was bitter. It turned out nice. Thanks again.

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  7. The ingredients lists 1 T of oil, but the recipe never says where/when it goes in. Presumaby with the sugar & eggs?

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