Thursday, November 6, 2008

Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

I'm a chocoholic. In fact, I'm currently engaging in daily stare down competitions with two plastic pumpkin buckets full of fun sized candy bars. My toosh wears the results - the buckets are winning.


Ginger happens to share my love of chocolate. SO, when she and Dave came for dinner on Sunday, I knew I had to make something deliciously chocolatey.

I decided to finally tackle a recipe I've never attempted - but always wanted to try. I am NUTS for molten chocolate lava cakes. I get them everywhere I can. I will choose a restaurant simply because they have this dessert.

So, on Sunday, I made my own. I scoured through many recipe variations, but decided to combine different flavors and ingredients and taste test along the way to come up with my own. My sister, Anna, made a version while I was visiting her and the recipe she used called for raspberry extract. It added the perfect touch.

If you love chocolate, you're gonna love these. And, they're SO easy!

Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes
recipe adapted from several others...

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
4 ounces semisweet chocolate
10 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons raspberry extract

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Grease 6 (6-ounce) ramekins/custard cups.

Melt the chocolates and butter in the microwave until melted, stirring every 30 seconds.
Add flour, sugar, and salt to chocolate and mix well. Stir in eggs and yolks until smooth. Stir in vanilla and raspberry extract.

Pour batter into ramekins, dividing evenly. Place ramekins on large sheet pan/cookie sheet and place in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool slightly for five minutes. (The edges should be firm but the center will be runny.)

Run a knife around the edges to loosen cakes and invert onto dessert plates. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.


  1. My mouth is watering... They look awesome, Sarah!

  2. mmmm, I only started liking chocolate now that I'm older. I was so tickled to find 1/2 off leftover halloween m&m's. I bought 2 bags, and one of peanut m&ms. Well I got home, went to open the bag of m&ms and discovered they're dark chocolate, which I don't like! But at least I have my peanut m&ms.

  3. Looks SO good! I have to admit that I'm getting a little jealous of your cooking abilities!! Maybe you should be on "The Next Food Network Star!"

  4. They were beyond yummy. I really believe the key was the homemake ice cream that J made. It offset the hot chocolate perfectly.

    The part that still ceases to amaze me is that you made them while we were there. I now know why I hate to have people over. I stress way too much and try to have everything all set and perfect. I can't even remember when you headed off to make them, but I'm thinking it must have been somewhere during our "slice of heaven" time. Yup, the boys beat out the chocolate hands down. Trust me, you don't hear me put much ahead of my chocolate.

    Just wolfed down a chocolate muffin for lunch. Very healthful, don't ya think?

  5. It's about time!!!! ;-P

    I cannot wait to try these. And here I thought I was the only one who picked restaurants according to the desserts...who knew!?! Well, I probably should have known!!

  6. OH my. The raspberry extract part had me... Mmmm...

  7. Yummy! I think I like chocolate as much as Ginger! I'll be trying this.

  8. looks scrumptous. i will have to try these - and soon (even though i'm not supposed to eat that much sugar)

    i haven't tried that lava cakes from restaurants but i love chili's. yum!

  9. I am not a huge chocolate fan - can we still be friends :o)

    I am sure these are wonderful. Any recipe I have tried that you've posted has been great.

  10. I am so jealous at your ability to make up your own recipes... I am such a by the recipe girl, never "coloring outside the lines" I've never tried making these, but I had a friend who did and you are right... they are divine! I will have to try this one soon!! Gotta get me some ramekins first though!!

  11. Now I have to go buy some custard cups!

  12. 10 TABLESPOONS OF BUTTER FOR 6 CAKES?!??!?!?!?!?! that is almost a quarter stick of butter in each cake! But omigosh it looks so good!!!!!!!!!! I'm drooling... and will have to try it with smart balance so i don't have a heart attack!!!! :) thanks for a great idea!!!!