Molten lava cakes are a great way to pamper your special loved one on Valentine’s Day – or really any time you have company coming – because most of the work is done ahead of time. After you mix the batter and pour it into the ramekins, the cakes are baked straight from the freezer – a dessert you can prepare weeks ahead of time!
It’s imperative that you follow the directions exactly. The cakes should bake for exactly 18 minutes. Then you’ll let them cool for exactly two minutes and then invert the cakes onto the plates. If they bake longer, or are allowed to cool any longer, the center of the cake will not be “molten.” I tested these cakes with Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips and 71% dark chocolate. The dark chocolate bar produced a far superior molten cake, with better flavor and a perfectly smooth center. I think the cocoa content of the chocolate is very important – I recommend a chocolate bar with 71% cocoa or higher.
With a delicious cake exterior and a molten chocolate center, you’ll have everyone oohing and ahhing over this dessert!