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Chocolate Lavalicious Cakes



I have always wanted to be able to make a good chocolate lava cake.  After all, it's not something you can just pick up at the grocery store whenever you fancy one!  I did actually find some in the freezer section once at Smiths, but to call them a disappointment would be an understatement. 😞

Lava cake is cake that is not quite baked all the way so that when you cut in to the middle of it, it oozes chocolate sauce, or lava!  The best lava cake I have ever had was at the Cliffside Restaurant in St. George, Utah when we were there celebrating our wedding anniversary a few years ago.  I still think of that rich double chocolate cake with berries, ice cream and a decadent lava center and drool.  I've been wanting to eat that cake again ever since we were there.

I've tried a few different recipes over the years, but none of them lived up to my expectations until last week.  After making these suckers FIVE TIMES I finally have lava cake perfection!  And I can't BELIEVE how easy they are!

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar 
  • 2 whole eggs and 2 additional egg yolks, whisked together
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup AP flour
Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Spray 4 (6-oz) ramekins with cooking spray.  
  2. Throw your chocolate chips and your butter in a microwave safe dish and heat for 1 minute on high.  Stir until well combined and smooth.  
  3. Stir in the powdered sugar, stir in the eggs and then add in the cocoa powder and the flour and combine well.  
  4. Divide the mixture equally between the 4 ramekins.  
  5. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and bake for 12-14 minutes.  The cakes should be firmer around the edges, but still look a little jiggly in the center.
  6. Remove the tray from the oven and let the ramekins sit on it for 2 minutes.  
  7. Carefully slide a thin knife around the edges of the cakes to loosen and invert the cakes on to small serving plates.  (I let them sit upside down on the plate in the ramekin for a minute before gently removing the ramekin.)  
  8. Dust with powdered sugar and serve!  
We like heavy cream with ours, but a scoop of ice cream melting over the top is pretty dang awesome too.  I know what you are thinking... there is no way that it is that easy to produce such a lavalicious, (yes, I just made that a word), delectable dessert.  But believe me... it is!  This will be my new go to for when we have company for dinner.  Dessert just doesn't get better.



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