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{sweet-n-savory saturday} molten lava cakes

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Grab your apron and a spatula ‘cuz it’s time for…

This lil’ piggy’s big sister, Dorothy, is hangin’ 10 with us today! As you know, our other sister, Nora, recently celebrated her 50th birthday and we threw her a big Hawaiian bash. I’ll be sharin’ all the party details including a few of Dort’s yummy recipes. Today’s treat was a huge hit with the guests so I’m excited for you to try it. Take it away, Dort!

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What would an “Aloha 50” Party be without a volcano? For our sister, Nora’s birthday, it would be devastating! She loves Molten Lava Cake, so I came up with this recipe for her special day.

Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

Yield: 6 cakes

Working time: 15 minutes

Bake: 425 degrees for 13 minutes


  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 4 oz. Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate
  • 2 oz. Nestle semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 large eggs (or Egg Beaters) plus 3 large yolks
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 c. plus 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. instant coffee powder
  • Confectioner’s sugar and cocoa powder for dusting


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Melt butter and chocolate either in the microwave or in a double boiler. Meanwhile, butter six ramekins and dust all with cocoa powder, tap out excess. Transfer ramekins to a baking sheet and set aside. Remove chocolate from heat to cool, slightly.

In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and yolks with granulated sugar. Stir in reserved chocolate mixture and vanilla extract. Stir in flour, instant coffee and cocoa powders until just combined. Divide batter amoung ramekins and bake for approximately 13 minutes until cakes are firm yet soft in center. Run a knife around the edges to loosen and remove to a cooling rack. Invert on a serving plate to cool or unto a plate to eat immediately. Dust tops with Confectioners sugar.

{Note}: For the party, we decided to forego the confectioner’s sugar dusting. We also did a party no-no and used a new ramekin which didn’t release the cakes very well. We said the cupcakes had erupted and the guests didn’t care ‘cuz they tasted just as amazing as the “perfect” volcanoes!

These were great slightly cooled but they were even terrific the next day completely cold! It is hard to please the chocoholics in this family, but this was so satisfying!

Aloha from the volcano’s rim!



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  1. I’m making 2 more batches tomorrow! (in the right dishes) Impromptu party for Labor Day on Monday! :)

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