Molten Lava Lovers Cake – A Perfect Valentine’s Day Dessert

Molten Lava Lovers Cake Cut 4Quick, what’s the difference between a Lava Cake, a Molten cake, and a Pudding Cake? 15 seconds, go! What, not ready for a quiz today? Eh, it’s okay. It is Friday after all.  I’ll go ahead and give you the answers…or what my answers are.  There is no difference between a Lava or Molten Cake.  Sometimes you may see the names combined as Molten Lava cake.  They are typically chocolate cakes, to include white chocolate,  with a liquidy, runny or oozing center that pours out like lava from a volcano when you dig in. Pudding Cakes are different and come and two forms: a pudding centered cake or a pudding bottom cake.  Unlike Lava/Molten cakes, they do not have a center that pours or oozes out.   Pudding  Cakes have jiggly insides or bottoms; they’re a little more solidified. Think  Jell-O Pudding cup topped by or enclosed by cake. Non chocolate “lava” cakes are often really pudding cakes.

Now for those of you who have been following Emilie and me for awhile, you may remember my little obsession with Archer brand frozen lava cakes last June during my residence course out at Patuxent River Naval Air Station.  Those little babies were just too easy to heat up and devour during late night brief
building and exam studying.  I think I may have practiced several presentations with my mouth full of lava cake lol.  Anyway, ever since last summer, I’ve been Molten Lava Lovers Cake Cut 7dying to try and make my own.

Emilie’s and my “New Year” dinner was the perfect opportunity.  After all, we were going for a  let’s go a bit budget crazy decadent.  As you saw, we made a pretty fancy feast…one I think would be a great menu should you and your Valentine decide to stay in next Thursday.

S0, you already have our crab souffle and endive salad recipes. Now here is your dessert!  I definitely recommend making the entire recipe rather than halving it just because it is hard to divide three eggs and the results just don’t come out quite the same (still yummy, though!).  Keep the extra cakes you don’t eat in the fridge unbaked and covered for up to a week.

Molten Lava Lovers Cake Cut 8

Dark Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

serves 4
Ingredients

Molten Lava Lovers Cake Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter + 1 tablespoon for custard cups
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour + 1 tablespoon for custard cups
  • 6 ounces dark or bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • pinch sea salt salt
(If halving recipe, use 2 eggs)
Directions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 425° Fahrenheit
  2. In a small bowl, whisk cocoa powder with 1 tablespoon of flour and set aside.Molten Lava Lovers Cake Whisking cocoa and flour for cups
  3. Chop chocolate into chunks or shavings. Set aside.Molten Lava Lovers Cake Chopped Chocolate
  4. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium low heat.  Be sure to keep an eye on it to prevent accidental burning.  Once melted, reduce heat to low.Molten Lava Lovers Cake Butter Melting
  5. Use about 1 tablespoon of melted butter to brush the inside of four oven safe custard cups. Molten Lava Lovers Cake Brushing Butter Custard Cups
  6. Divide cocoa powder among the custard cups and give each one a thin dusting.  Discard any access and set custard cups aside.Molten Lava Lovers Cake Cocoa Flour Dusting
  7. Add chopped chocolate to the remaining melted butter and stir until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat to prevent chocolate from burning or breaking (and to keep from scrambling eggs later on!)Molten Lava Lovers Cake Adding Chocolat to Melted Butter
  8. In a medium bowl, beat eggs and sugar together along  with a pinch of salt.Molten Lava Lovers Cake Blending Egg and Sugar
  9. Fold cooled melted chocolate into the egg mixture until fully incorporated and then fold in the flour to form the final batter.Molten Lava Lovers Cake Adding Chocolate to Eggs
  10. Divide matter among the four custard cups. The cakes will not rise significantly, so do not worry about how close the batter may come to the edge.
  11. Place filled custard cups on a baking sheet and bake in oven for 12-15 minutes.  The outside should be set and inside should be full of melty chocolate.  If you bake  the cakes too long you’ll end up with a pudding cake or a fully cooked cake without any “lava” inside. (They will still taste delicious, though!)
  12. When finished baking, remove from oven and allow to cool 5-8 minutes.
  13. Invert a plate over each custard cup when ready to serve. Be sure to use oven mitts if cups are still hot. Carefully flip custard cup and plate at the same time so that the custard cup is now inverted on the plate. Molten Lava Lovers Cake Inverting Plate Over Cake
  14. Lift custard cup. Cake should slip out on its own.Molten Lava Lovers Cake Released
  15. Serve warm. Garnish with mint, berries, caramel, vanilla ice cream, etc…and red wine!Molten Lava Lovers Cake Uncut 1

~Ruth

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7 responses to “Molten Lava Lovers Cake – A Perfect Valentine’s Day Dessert

  1. I love dark chocolate and your molten lava cake would be a perfect ending to a special meal.

  2. This looks so delicious!
    -JulieC

    • Thank-you, Miss JulieC! Just wait until you sink your fork into one of these. So chocolatey! I love that I can make these Sunday night and my chocolate fix for the week is ready to go 🙂

  3. I can’t believe I haven’t made these yet! Valentine’s is the perfect time to try these.. and now I know I like the lava kind.. no pudding cakes for me (unless, of course, I accidentally make it that way, lol!). xx

    • Well, Smidge, I think you should try it! lol I do have another technique that should probably take care of the accidental pudding cake. I was too lazy to try it,since it adds a day to the process.

      Make some chocolate truffles the day before you plan on making the lava cakes and keep them in the freezer. When its time to make the lava cakes, fill the custard cups halfway with batter. Put a chocolate truffle in the center of each cake and top off with more batter.

      I haven’t tried it, but it sounds like guaranteed chocolate lava inside with the melted truffles! Yuuuummmmyy!

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