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Food Comics: Chocolate Lava Cake

Tom O.
Posted by Tom O. on Sep 4, 2019
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Hey there, Food Fans! In recent years, one of the most popular and decadent desserts to be found in restaurants has been Chocolate Lava Cake. There are essentially two varieties of this chocolaty wonder, the classic, more intensive version, and the one I'm going to make today Quick and Easy Chocolate Lava Cake The recipe I have here comes from my partner Allison and it makes 4 small cakes but can be doubled to make 8. I wouldn't try making larger sized lava cakes, as a change in volume will dramatically affect cook time. Making a half batch can be tricky but I'll talk about that in a minute. For this recipe, you'll need: 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate ½ cup of butter 1 tsp red wine 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste 1 cup powdered sugar 2 eggs and 1 egg yolk 6 tbsp flour ¼ tsp cinnamon ¼ tsp ginger Allison will often cut the red wine, especially if we don't have an open bottle at the time. When Allison makes a half recipe for just the two of us, most ingredients are easy to cut down on. When it comes to the egg, she usually uses 1 whole egg and a splash of vegetable oil in place of the extra yolk. Start by preheating the oven to 425. While the oven heats, melt the chocolate and the butter in the microwave. To melt the chocolate, put it into a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave on high for 10 seconds. For the butter, microwave in a safe bowl on high for 30-45 seconds. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the ingredients until well blended. Spray down the inside of 4 7oz ramekins with cooking spray. Evenly divide the batter between the ramekins and bake for 15 minutes. Flip the ramekins upside down onto a plate and wiggle the lava cake out. Server hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Happy eating!



To learn more fantastic dessert techniques, don't miss The Chopping Block's hands-on Blue Ribbon Baking class coming up this Saturday, September 7 at 10am at Lincoln Square. You'll learn how to make:

  • Mini Lemon-Meringue Pies
  • Mini Chocolate-Zucchini Bread
  • Raspberry-Nectarine Hand Pies
  • Blueberry-Buttermilk Cake

And you'll bring home a box of the assorted desserts from class!

Love our food comics but want a text-only version for easy reference in the kitchen? Download a PDF of the recipe here.


Topics: cakes, chocolate, desserts, dessert, food comics, lava cakes

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