There are few foods that I love quite as much as chocolate. I love chocolate truffle pie, chocolate ice cream, chocolate crepes, hot chocolate.. the list goes on and on. The chocolate dessert I have most often, however, is Chocolate Lava Cake. Lava cake, with it’s warm, goopy center of liquid chocolate, is the perfect dessert for a romantic dinner for two, but it also works for dinner parties, game nights with friends, or even a movie night alone.
Why do I make it more than other desserts? It’s incredibly easy, it’s fast, but most incredibly, it only has 5 ingredients. Yes that’s right- Five! That’s it! However, my favorite thing about chocolate lava cake is that it’s served in small, individual sized portions. This means no left overs. No late night snacking that will, inevitably, lead to regret. It’s small, indulgent, and perfect.
This wonderful little cake is rich, but won’t leave you in a sugar-induced brain fog. Serve it after dinner, or really, whenever you want. If you’re serving it for date night or a dinner party, go ahead and mix up your batter and put everything in the ramekins before dinner. These only take 10 minutes to cook, and should be served hot, so you’ll want to pop them in the oven shortly before it’s time to serve dessert. Once they’re ready, add the toppings, serve the cakes, and watch them be quickly gobbled up by very happy eaters.
Looking for more sweet ideas? Check out these other desserts:
Chocolate Lava Cake
- 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips (to avoid dairy use a dairy-free chocolate), plus 1/4 cup chocolate chips for filling
- 2 TB coconut oil OR butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 tsp flour
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Toppings: berries, whipped cream, ice cream, and/or powdered sugar
Preheat oven: 475ºF
Spray or brush oil into two 4oz ramekins or custard cups (coat them really well to ensure that they'll pop out later). Melt chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler or in the microwave (about 40 seconds depending on your microwave- stop before the chocolate is completely melted, and then stir it and let the hot oil melt the chocolate). Add eggs, vanilla, and flour.
Divide half the mixture between the two ramekins. Add remaining chocolate chips on top in the center of the batter. Top with remaining batter.
Bake 9-10 minutes, then allow to cool 2-3 minutes.
Take a butter knife and run along the edges of the cakes, and turn upside down to pop cakes out onto plates. (Or skip this step and serve the cakes in the ramekins).
Add toppings and serve while still hot.