Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes for Two

After a long day of working, packing, and errand running, I was sitting back in my living room when my sweet tooth and my baking bug partnered up and hit me full force. I needed some dessert. I needed it bad.

I pulled up my computer and did a scan of all the recipes I've book-marked in recent months. Every recipe that called for ingredients I lacked or that made some 20 + servings got scratched. I wanted a bite of something sweet, not an armload, and I was not about to go grocery shopping.

After just a moment I hit the jackpot. Individual Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes... For Two!

The next conversation went as follows:
  • Me: "Chocolate Molten Lava Cake?"
  • My Roommate: "Yeah."

I copied down the recipe since my computer's battery was running on reserve power, and set to work.

Usually it's my computer that ends up covered in powdered sugar. This was much neater!
I've always been a huge fan of Molten Lava Cake. When restaurants serve it, I almost always order a serving regardless of how full I am from dinner. To me, Molten Lava cake is the kind of dessert that I always want to share with someone since it's so rich, but then greedily attack with my fork once it arrives in order to get the best bites. If the cake comes garnished with a raspberry? Mine!

For all its decadence and seeming complexity (How do they get the lava so lava-y?) Molten Lava cake is surprisingly easy to make. I was finished with everything in under 25 minutes, including baking time.

Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes. Recipe from thebitessite.com: (Makes 2 individual servings or 4 mini servings)
A shot glass measures ounces nicely

  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate 
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/8 cup sugar (2 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • cocoa powder (to dust molds)
  • powdered sugar (to sprinkle on top)

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  • Butter your ramekins, sprinkle with cocoa powder, and shake off the extra
  • In a double boiler, melt chocolate and butter until almost totally melted
Remember when I melted chocolate for the brownies in a pot over a pot? Look at me now!
  • Beat sugar, egg, and egg yolk until light and fluffy
  • Add chocolate butter mixture slowly
  • Add flour and beat until everything is well incorporated
  • Distribute batter evenly into either four 2 ounce ramekins or 2 four ounce ramekins
  • Bake for 7-10 minutes (I left mine in for 9, but will try 8 next time. They weren't quite lava-y enough for me)
  • Top with powdered sugar before serving


  1. How do you feel about adding hot spice to a molten lava cake? Cayenne or chipotle or chili?

  2. YUM what if we wanted to make this into one lava cake? Advice?