Chocolate lava cakes are so irresistible as they are cakey on the outside with warm dark chocolate sauce flowing through the middle. This recipe is actually quite easy to make and ready in under an hour.
You will be amazed how easy they can be whipped up with only a handful of simple ingredients including good quality dark chocolate. These are enriched with ground toasted hazelnuts which makes these chocolate lava cakes extra delicious.
This recipe takes only 30 minutes which makes it ideal for any occasion. These lava cakes are also ideal for making ahead. Why not to try our gluten-free version of chocolate lava cake, also delicious.
These indulgent little lava cakes are perfect for a dinner party. Lava cakes are rich chocolate cake and chocolate sauce all in one, and they are surprisingly easy to make in under an hour. If you like to plan ahead, you can prepare the batter a day in advance, refrigerate it, then pop the cake into the oven when you are ready for dessert. Be sure to use chopped chocolate bars rather than chocolate chips here.
The batter for these gooey chocolate cakes is made easily and quickly once you have ready all the ingredients.
First toast hazelnuts and ground them finely. You will also need EGGS, DEMERARA SUGAR, SALT, QUALITY DARK CHOCOLATE, FLOUR, COCOA POWDER and BUTTER. We use demerara sugar for these cakes which adds a moist touch to the cakes. However, you can use whichever sugar you like - caster, granulated, muscovado or other brown sugar.
The recipe start with melting chocolate and butter over a double boiler. We recommend using a quality dark chocolate brand with at least 60% cocoa.
Continue with beating eggs, sugar and salt for a few minutes. Pour chocolate mixture into the eggs then fold flour and cocoa powder. Do this gently using silicon spatula. In the end add ground hazelnuts and stir until just combined. Your mixture is ready to be baked and turned into yummy chocolate lava cake.
Before making the batter you should prepare a set of pudding moulds or porcelain ramekins. We used these small pudding moulds perfect for single-serve lava cakes. Moulds we use are quite small but these cakes are super rich and one of these is enough to satisfy the most demanding chocolate lover. This batter is enough for 4 fondants.
I highly recommend using ramekins for these lava cakes. Here are the 6-ounce ramekins I use and recommend. They’re the perfect size for these single-serve lava cakes.
So, first melt some butter and brush all over the inside of each pudding moulds. Add spoonful of cocoa powder and tilt the mould until the cocoa completely coats the bottom and sides. Keep them in the fridge until the batter is ready. This preparation helps the baked fondants release easily from the moulds onto the serving plates once baked.
If you don't have any pudding moulds, you could use small porcelain ramekins instead and prepare them in the same way as pudding moulds.
The only tricky part of this recipe is knowing when to take lava cakes out of the oven. 30 seconds too long and they turn into dry cake instead of gooey chocolate treat.
Baking time can be anywhere from 5 - 8 minutes - depending on your oven and the size of your moulds. Fondants are ready when sides are slightly firm but the center is soft and still wobbly when you shake them.
We suggest you to test with baking one lava cake to check the right timing, before putting them all. This way you will have perfect chocolate fondants with amazing gooey chocolate centers.
You can make ahead the batter for chocolate fondants and keep it in the fridge for up to 24 hours. You can also divide the batter between moulds, freeze them for up to 1 month. To bake from frozen add an extra 4 - 5 minutes to the baking time.
If you don’t want to bake these puddings right away, you can cover the ramekins tightly with cling film and refrigerate for up to 2 days (make sure the batter is at room temperature before you finally bake it). Alternatively you can freeze the batter for longer.
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