chocolate lava cakes

In baking, culinary experiments, desserts, sweet treats, vegetarian on 06.14.11 at 10:29 pm

oooey-gooey, oh-so-chocolate-y goodness. so yum. these chocolate lava cakes were a hit at sunday dindins with friends on the weekend. rich, chocolate mini-cakes with a sweet molten surprise in the middle.

i’m definitely more of a cook than a baker. while i’m pretty adventurous in the kitchen when it comes to cooking ad-hoc with new & random ingredients from my pantry, i’m a little shy to wing-it when it comes to baking. i’d be pretty lost without my measuring cups and not following a baking recipe line-by-line. yes, i’m the gal who (unsuccessfully) once tried to make angel food cake cupcakes with pre-packaged angel food cake mix! true story. how sad. :/

<enter ursela, megan & rosemary — fellow foodie bloggers from a tale of three kitchens>  snaps to this foodie trio for introducing me to this wonderful dessert recipe from marthastewart.com. for a novice baker like myself, the prep for this recipe was surprisingly easy for such an elegant dessert. i had enough time to prep the dessert cups, take countless foodie fotos and hit the patio for some sunshine & summer bevvies before the dinner party. true story. how awesome. :)

what’s great about this recipe is that it doesn’t require any unusual ingredients that you wouldn’t already have in your fridge and pantry — even for someone like me, who only bakes desserts on special occasions.

and let me tell you, the raw cake batter looked so delish in the mixing bowl, i really had to stop myself from eating the batter prior to baking…

(tip: i don’t have proper dessert ramekins — hey santa, are you listening?! but i was able to improvise using oven-safe coffee/soup cups instead of ramekins for this recipe.)

food styling:
– garnish w/ fresh blackberries, blueberries or your fave fresh fruit
– pairs well w/ a dollop of crème fraîche or a scoop of french vanilla frozen yogurt

(tip: this recipe yields 6 cakes and i kept 1 leftover cake in the fridge to enjoy the next day. although still rich and chocolate-y the day after baking, i think these chocolate lava cakes are best served warm – straight out of the oven.)

  1. Sounds divine, thanks!


  2. Well, here’s hoping Santa is listening. ;-) Brilliant looking dessert. Chocolate something or another is always a hit at dinner parties and your lava cakes go straight to the top of the list.
    :-) Mandy


  3. I like the coffee cups. I think it looks very intentional. You’re avante garde. Great looking dessert too.


    • avante garde! i’m flattered. thanks so much for the kind words. i think the coffee cups have inspired me to add some espresso to the recipe next time around… chocolate espresso lava cakes. something tells me that would be delish. :)


  4. I’m so glad you made these! Who can resist a warm chocolate cake? Here’s hoping Santa brings you some ramekins this year :) Also, I love the layout of your site! Very cute.


    • thanks again for introducing me to the recipe! stellar dish. :) and thanks for visiting my blog… looking forward to reading about your culinary adventures as well. cheers!


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