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Individual Molten Lava Cakes

chocolate molten lava cake

These delicious chocolate treats are quick and simple to make, but look so fancy! They are a perfect dessert for your next dinner party. Your guests will think you’re a professional baker!  .

Makes 12 standard cupcake size lava cakes

chocolate chips – 1 ½ C
unsalted butter –  1 C
confectioners sugar –  2 C
whole eggs  – 4
egg yolks – 4
all-purpose flour – ¾ C
salt  – ¼ t

Whipped Cream  (Optional)
heavy cream – 1 C
confectioners sugar –  2 t
vanilla extract – 1 t

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and grease a standard muffin tin.

In a large bowl, microwave chocolate chips and butter in microwave-safe bowl in 30 second
intervals until butter is melted. Whisk until chocolate is completely melted and no chunks appear. Stir in confectioners sugar until combined. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs and egg yolks together. Blend eggs into melted chocolate mixture. Add flour and salt and fold together until just combined.

Use a standard cupcake scoop to spoon batter into unlined muffin tins – or simply divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin cups.  Bake 7 minutes or until sides are firm but center is still soft. Do NOT over cook. Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 1 minute. Cooling in the pan is essential; if you try to remove too soon the cakes will fall apart.

OPTIONAL: Make whipped cream while cakes are cooling: In a chilled metal bowl, combine heavy cream, confectioners sugar and vanilla extract, and whisk until soft peaks form. Ingredients can be placed in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shaken vigorously for similar results.

Loosen the cakes from sides of the pan with a rubber spatula and gently invert cakes onto baking
sheet with parchment paper, being careful not to crush the cakes. Serve warm with whipped
cream. Enjoy!

Time saving tip: Leave off the whipped cream – instead sprinkle tops with powdered sugar or serve with ice cream or berries!

Recipe courtesy of Taste Buds Kitchen, our favorite cooking school!!

 

 

Image source: Baking a Moment

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