These delicious lava cakes are super easy to make and exquisite! You can serve them covered in confectioner’s sugar or with some ice cream or whipped cream.
The biggest recommendation when making these is careful with your time in the oven as these will overcook very quickly. Start checking them at ten minutes and if the sides are set but the middle seems to be a little raw. As soon as you see them like this, take them out of the oven and the water bath.
This is what you are going to need for these exquisite little pieces of heaven:
2 oz. (70 grams) bittersweet chocolate broken into chunks
½ cup (110 grams) unsalted butter
3 eggs – room temperature
2 egg yolks – room temperature
¼ cup (50 grams) sugar
1 TBS (15 ml) unsweetened dark cocoa powder
½ tsp. (2.5 ml) vanilla extract
a pinch of salt
¼ cup (35 grams) all-purpose flour
4 buttered – 4.5 oz. ramekins
Melt the chocolate with the butter in a double boiler or in the microwave (if using the microwave be careful not to burn it).
Place the eggs, yolks and sugar in a bowl and beat until pale yellow. Add the melted chocolate. Mix that in. Do not overbeat.
Sift in the cocoa and mix it in. Again do not overbeat. Add the vanilla extract and salt and mix. Sift in the flour and mix in.
Divide the dough into the ramekins and lightly bang them against the counter to release any bubbles. Place them into an ovenproof casserole dish, cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate them for 30 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F (220 C) while the cakes chill.
Remove the ramekins from the fridge and add hot water to the pan (not boiling). Carefully place the dish into the oven and cook for 11 to 14 minutes. These will overcook in a minute so please make sure to check them around 10 minutes. As soon as the sides are set but the middle looks a little raw your cakes are done. Remove them from the oven and the hot water.
Invert the ramekins onto a plate and serve. You can serve with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream or sift some powdered sugar on top. Serve warm and enjoy!