Chocolate Lava Cakes #SecretRecipeClub

Now where have I been? My blog assignment for this month’s Secret Recipe Club was a new blog to me: White Lights on Wednesday. Julie has oodles of amazing recipes…and my printer worked overtime as I copied a number of must try dishes. Β First up had to be Alton Brown’s Chocolate Lava Cakes…the dessert pickins were slim around here and we ALL love lava cakes. Alton’s were made in muffin tins…but I overbaked my first attempt. Β They still tasted marvelous…but I think ignoring the chill the batter instruction was not so wise. I did chill it, but not for long. So the next day, I made a mini-batch. There was a bit of sticking in my muffin tins, so I just used ramekins and lined them with parchment in addition to the buttering and dusting with cocoa powder. Bill was more than thrilled with the lava cakes with actual chocolate lava…yes, they were worth the extra round of dirty dishes.

I’ve made lots of lava cakes…different recipes, different cooking times, different container sizes. The trouble with these is that it may take a little experimentation to find the precise timing for your specific oven and baking dishes…you may have to eat a few overdone cakes before you get it right. These will sink a bit in the middle due to the molten center, but the perimeter needs to be cooked through to provide support. My chilled batter in 1/2 cup ramekins took the full 12 minutes…and the half batch only made 4 cakes. Of course, I had a nice reserve of ordinary mini chocolate, lavaless cakes as back ups. These were not the prettiest lava cakes I’ve ever made, but they rate near the top as some of the tastiest. Just ask my hubby! Thanks so much, Julie, for the wonderful recipe.
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Chocolate Lava Cakes…#SecretRecipeClub

  • Adapted from Alton Brown via White Lights on Wenesday
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate (chopped (or use chocolate chips))
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • Butter (to coat ramekins)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (to dust ramekins)
  • Vanilla ice cream and berries (to serve (optional))
  1. Preheat the oven to 375ΒΊ.
  2. Microwave the chocolate butter in 30 second increments, stopping and stirring till smooth and melted. Stir in vanilla.
  3. Sift flour, sugar and salt into the chocolate and mix well with electric hand mixer. Add eggs one at time, making sure each is incorporated before adding the next. Beat at high until batter is creamy and lightens in color, approximately 4 minutes. Chill mixture ( I chilled about an hour).
  4. Butter 8 1/2 cup capacity ramekins,line bottoms with parchment rounds, and butter that surface. Next, dust with the cocoa powder and shake out excess.(Alternatively, use a 12 cup muffin tin, but you will need to adjust your baking time). Spoon mixture into pan using a 4-ounce scoop (dipping into very hot water before scooping made the batter release more easily). Bake for about 12 minutes (10-11 minutes if using muffin tins). Outsides should be look firm and cake-like and middles should look underbaked/gooey.
  5. Allow to cool a few minutes before releasing….this is the most difficult part of the recipe. Use a plastic knife or off-set spatula to help release edges from ramekin. Alternatively, you can eat the warm cakes right out of the container.
  6. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and some fresh berries, if desired.
  7. Makes 8.
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  1. I love a good Molten Chocolate Cake! Great recipe choice. πŸ™‚

  2. This is one treat I’ve never made but I really need to! These are so pretty and sound soo so good!

  3. Oh my gosh, this is divine. Love this lava cake. I just want to grab a spoon.

  4. Holy chocolate! These cakes look divine!!

  5. Lizzy this look absolutely yummy!!!! Love it!

  6. I am a huge fan of Alton Brown. His recipes are all so yummy! I have to work on a non-chocolate lava cake. They always look amazing, but I’m allergic to chocolate.

  7. Ah, I’ll bet Bill would love it if you tested batch after batch, wouldn’t he. I think they look gorgeous. I’m an Alton Brown fan as well. I like the way he explains the reasons for doing the things he does. Usually they make sense. πŸ™‚

  8. I’m so glad you all liked these cakes! They are the perfect little individual dessert, even though I had a couple myself at the first sitting. πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you got me for my very first SRC round Liz. Your pictures are lovely and I’m glad I could bring s little sweetness to the table.

  9. Lava cakes are SO delicious! Yours look so great!

  10. I love lava cakes. These look fantastic! Great SRC choice!

  11. So much about baking is getting the timing right in the oven and I still struggle with that. Ovens are not straight forward creatures. I think your little cakes are rather pretty – I don’t think you could make anything look less than pretty.

  12. Love lava cakes. I just tried Martha Stewarts recipe for V-day, but I cut the recipe in to thirds and put it in two 1/2 cup ramekins and they were not even an inch tall. Her recipe calls for using muffin tins. Guess that might be the difference. But yes, even mistakes are tasty when chocolate is involved. πŸ˜‰

  13. Mmmmm – those look good. I’ve never tried making Lava Cakes. Might have to try these. I did make your Nutty Brown Butter Banana Bread today – fabulous as always!!!!!

  14. Persistence is key, glad you did it till it was successful. the pics look great. I have so little patience I tried twice and gave up lol.

  15. Lava cakes are my faaaavorite!

  16. Deanna Segrave-Daly says:

    Ahh, love the mini version you made!! Can’t wait to try this out – mouthwatering photos, too πŸ™‚ Always enjoy your posts.

  17. Oh definitely with a scoop of ice cream for me. This looks like a delicious treat. Have a great week, Liz! πŸ™‚

  18. Beautiful! Loving that scoop of ice cream, too! I can eat all those lava cakes… please, you don’t have to help me. πŸ˜‰

  19. Lava cakes are all about knowing your oven and molds. But the flavor is amazing even without the molten center. Beautiful cakes Liz! IΒ΄m not surprised of course.

  20. I love chocolate lava cakes and yours looks amazing!! I tried to make one and it fluffed and flopped! Tasted like rubber! Yum, I have to try your recipe!

  21. Just added these little sins to my Favorites :)))

    thank you, Liz. xx

  22. Can’t figure out why I’ve never made these. Thanks for convincing me that I should.

  23. You make everything look effortless and delicious, Liz! This is no exception!

  24. How funny! I just made and posted about Lava cakes….it was my second attempt and I was so excited they turned out. I was also amazed and momentarily overwhelmed at the many different recipes, etc.. out there. I’m a fellow SRC member, group D

  25. Absolutely one of my favorites! Now, if you just had a spice cake recipe on the blog… Have to make a b’day cake for Wed and he wants spice cake of all things. I’m thinking cupcakes with a caramel frosting. I hate having to really measure but I guess it’s either that or a box mix πŸ™‚

  26. That’s a perfect molten middle in your lava cake, Liz! After my disastrous lava cakes last week, it gives me a little bit of comfort to know that a baker I admire as much as you can also accidentally overbake this dish. Damn finicky cakes! I’m definitely going to give it another try because I love lava cakes and I’ll be looking to this recipe for inspiration!

  27. So glad you had success with the second batch. They look amazing. I’ve never made lava cakes – I imagine it won’t take me long to do so now πŸ™‚

  28. Love it! What more can I say?

  29. Liz….would you believe I’ve yet to make a chocolate lava cake? I don’t know why….a chocolate cake with a fudgey gooey center….I’m all over that. Great SRC choice! : )

  30. I love lava cakes! Such a pretty and amazingly delicious dessert!

  31. Oh this is one of my favourite desserts!!! Especially in winter! I just love it!
    Thank you so much for reminding me, I haven’t made it for ages πŸ™‚

  32. That looks exceptionally delicious πŸ™‚

    Choc Chip Uru

  33. Wow that looks so good! Molten lava cake is actually a pretty frequent bring-home dessert for us. i may have to give it a try… I think yours look pretty good and I bet they were delicious!

  34. Lizzy, glad to hear you are ok. Will now sign up to follow with Google Reader. It might be a good idea to put a post on your old blog with a link to your new one so other GFC folks can shift across too. Cheers

  35. I love Alton Brown’s show and his recipes. The lava cake look absolutely good to me and I know you make the best. Who cleaned the dirty dishes?

  36. Ooh, I haven’t had lava cake in forever…these look so decadent and delish!

  37. my husband and I just enjoyed a lave cake at our anniversary dinner last night. such a decadent treat and yours looks just perfect!

  38. I don’t know why lava cake is really one of the most fun desserts. When I cut it, it always makes me so happy! πŸ™‚

  39. Yum! I have always wanted to try to make lava cakes and never gotten around to it.

  40. Chocolate Lava Cake is my go-to dessert when I see it on a menu…I mean how can you go wrong with that? I usually eat the whole thing and proceed to make myself nauseous, hehe. I bet yours is amazing…check out that lava flow!

  41. I have seen so many lava cakes and have never tried making one. Yours looks particularly appetising!

  42. What a wonderful cake! I love lava cake, and this recipe sounds perfect. I will be trying it soon.

  43. I would love this warm and gooey lava cake… and vanilla ice cream… it’s a total winner!

  44. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    Fabulous lava cakes, Lizzie. I’ve been craving chocolate lately more than I usually do…these will do the trick;)

  45. Thats my fav one….love this dessert. looks gorgeous

  46. Who doesn’t love lava cakes? Such hard work testing to get the timing right, but someone’s gotta do it right? These look amazing.

  47. Jamie @ Cookin' with Moxie says:

    Who doesn’t love lava cakes? They are melt in your mouth goodness!

  48. Yum! I never worry about lava cakes being pretty. Dust ’em with powdered sugar and dump some vanilla ice cream on top! πŸ™‚

  49. Looks delicious! Great SRC choice! Can’t go wrong with this dessert!!!!

  50. I just made my own rendition of these lava cakes, and was so surprised how easy they were! I was able to make them on a school night! Needless to say, my mom and I devoured these. Check out my post here:

  51. The cake looks so scrumptious and tempting. And who doesn’t love chocolate cakes? This one is surely mouth blowing. Thanks for sharing the secret cake recipe with us.

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