We’ll get back to regularly scheduled healthy recipes in my next post. But, with Valentine’s Day on Friday, I thought this recipe might come in handy for you now!
If you’re looking for a simple but impressive dessert for Valentine’s day (or any occasion really), this dessert is perfect! Molten chocolate lava cakes seem so decadent and restaurant-worthy, but they can be whipped up in your home in a cinch. The entire batter is mixed in 1 bowl, so there’s virtually no clean-up. Start to finish, you can have these on the table in under 20 minutes. I’m telling you, this recipe is fabulous. The cake portion is tender but firm, and the gooey chocolate center? Obviously to die for. Silky smooth, super rich, and ultra-chocolatey. This is a chocolate lover’s dream!
You can customize each cake to your preferences by adding your favorite flavors as toppings. I left mine plain with just a light sprinkle of powdered sugar because the cake itself is so rich, but I think fruit would be a perfect addition. Strawberries or raspberries sound great, don’t you agree? If you wanted to kick it up a notch you could even add a light drizzle of melted peanut butter. The options are practically limitless!
I have actually had this recipe tucked away since my junior year of college. I made it for my roommates and myself on a night when we were all snowed in, and it was a hit! Thankfully I had the recipe saved in an email because the website where it originally came from no longer works. This dessert is always perfect. Upon first glance, the cake seem so unassuming. Just a tiny chocolate cake…
The only tricky part about this recipe is flipping the ramekins after they come out of the oven. I really do set a timer for 2 minutes as soon as they come out of the oven so I know I don’t let them sit too long. I put my plate over the ramekin and give it a fast, confident flip! Remember the ramekins are still very hot at this point, so you must wear oven mitts to do this. It can also be helpful to have someone else on hand to help, but I have always managed to do this by myself without any trouble.
I didn’t try to make this recipe healthy so just know this is a very, very indulgent treat! This recipe makes 2 cakes, but each cake is definitely big enough and rich enough to be shared. You may want to go ahead and plan on running an extra couple miles tomorrow. Just sayin’. : )
Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes
- 1/2 C Nestle semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 4 TBS butter
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 C powdered sugar
- 3 TBS all-purpose flour
- Cooking Spray
- Preheat oven to 425 F and microwave butter and chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl for 45 seconds on high, then whisk until smooth.
- Add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and whisk again.
- Add in sifted flour and powdered sugar and – you guessed it- whisk.
- Pour into a small and VERY VERY VERY well greased dish (I used a ramekin).
- Bake 12-13 mins until top is done but insides are jiggly.
- Let sit for 1-2 minutes then run a knife along the edges. Put a small plate upside down on top of the bowl and flip over quickly.
Servings: 4 (assuming you split each cake with someone you love!) Nutritional Information per Serving: Calories: 441 Carbs: 48g Fat: 30g Protein: 7g Fiber: 4g WW Points+: 13
Recipe courtesy of AudreysApron.wordpress.com.