Indulge in the ultimate chocolate dessert with these delectable molten chocolate lava cakes. These individual-sized cakes have a rich and gooey chocolate center that flows out when you take a bite. With a crispy exterior and a luscious molten interior, these cakes are a chocolate lover’s dream come true. Serve them warm with a dusting of powdered sugar or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a truly decadent treat.
H1: Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)
- Vanilla ice cream, for serving (optional)
- Fresh berries, for garnish (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Grease and lightly flour 4 ramekins or individual-sized oven-safe dishes.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter and chopped bittersweet chocolate together in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.
- In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, all-purpose flour, eggs, vanilla extract, and salt until well combined.
- Pour the melted chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and whisk until smooth and well incorporated.
- Divide the batter evenly among the prepared ramekins, filling each one about three-quarters full.
- Place the filled ramekins on a baking sheet and transfer them to the preheated oven.
- Bake the lava cakes for approximately 12 to 14 minutes, or until the edges are set and slightly firm, but the centers are still soft and slightly jiggly.
- Remove the lava cakes from the oven and let them cool in the ramekins for a few minutes.
- Carefully run a knife around the edges of each cake to loosen it, then invert each ramekin onto a serving plate to release the cake.
- Dust the top of each lava cake with powdered sugar, if desired.
- Serve the molten chocolate lava cakes warm. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and garnish with fresh berries for a beautiful presentation and added flavor.
Savor the decadence of these molten chocolate lava cakes as they melt in your mouth with every spoonful. The combination of the warm, gooey chocolate center and the light, cake-like exterior creates a dessert experience that is pure bliss. These cakes are perfect for special occasions or anytime you want to treat yourself to a truly indulgent dessert.