I thought I would start off with this easy chocolate lava cake recipe that I found off of the Taste of Home's website. This is the perfect dessert if you have a sweet tooth after dinner, and you just want a few servings without a lot of fuss. Plus, the majority of the work is done in the microwave and they are finished off in the oven....these literally took about 10 minutes of prep time! The original recipe that I will include below made for 4 individual cakes. Since these were just for me and Kevin, I halved the entire recipe (really easy to do) and made only 2 cakes. Turned out perfect! You can serve these with a dollop of whip cream or ice cream on top, or a dusting of powdered sugar like we did. They reminded me a lot of my favorite chocolate torte dessert at Brio Tuscan Grill, so good!
Chocolate Lava Cakes
courtesy of Taste of Home
You will need:
-4 tsp sugar
-1/2 cup butter, cubed
-4 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped (I used ghiraldehllis)
-1 cup powdered sugar
-2 egg yolks
-1 1/2 tsp instant coffee granules (we use nestle french roast, but you can omit these if you don't have)
-3/4 tsp vanilla extract
-6 tablespoons all purpose flour
-1/2 tsp salt
powdered sugar, whipped cream, or ice cream to garnish
*Grease bottom and sides of 4 small ramekins, and sprinkle each with 1 tsp sugar. Place ramekins on a baking sheet and set aside.
*In a medium, microwave safe bowl, melt butter and chocolate and stir until smooth.
*Stir in powdered sugar until smooth. Whisk in the eggs, egg yolks, instant coffee, and vanilla.
*Stir in flour and salt until smooth. Pour evenly into prepared ramekins.
*Bake at 400 for about 14 minutes, cake sides should be set and the center soft
the internal temperature should reach 160, if you are a dork like me and want to use your thermometer
*Remove ramekins to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes. Carefully run a small knife around cake to loosen edges and carefully invert onto the serving dishes. Garnish with powdered sugar, whip cream, or ice cream.