I have been wanting to try this recipe for years, I am so pleased to have found a simple quick version of Chocolate Lava Cakes to share with you all!
If you are not a fan of rich dreamy chocolately decadence then this is not the recipe for you. There is no getting around the fact that this is a chocolate hit like no other. I always assumed these would be tricky little things to make, and while there are a few little techniques to get the end result this version is simple and oh so good.
Before we go any further I want to let you in on a little secret, if these ‘fail’ the worst things that will happen are:
A. They won’t come out of the ramekin whole
B. They will over-cook
C. They will under-cook.
BUT none of this matters, OK you might be sad if you are preparing this dish for Gordon Ramsey and he is breathing down your neck. But honestly what will happen is that it will still taste AMAZING! Whether it is whole and perfect, or it splits in half as you upend it, or half of it sticks to the inside of the ramekin. So please do not be too precious about this! I had some delicious fails preparing this for you and nobody complained about trying them.
Many serve these directly in the ramekins so that would take away any concern about them coming out whole.
The very nature of these little puddings is that the outside shell of the cake is cooked but the inside is liquid, hence the names of Molten Lava Cakes, the inside is supposed to ooze out in the most delicious chocolately way. So if depending on your oven the outside part of the cake is thin then you will find the cake may split or the chocolate inner finds a way out, and this is totally ok by me! It all tastes amazing, just serve and enjoy!
The preparation of this recipe is quite simple, the ingredients and methods are very easy to follow. The size of the ramekin is something you want to consider, I used 9.5cm ramekins, I would personally not go any bigger than that as it is a generous serving size, if you go smaller you will make more from one recipe, obviously reduce the cooking time, but also this gives you a chance to make them slightly smaller which will cut back on some of that richness! Some even make these in muffin trays!
Take a minute to watch this quick video of me making Chocolate Lava Cakes!
In terms of the cooking time, always be aware that our ovens are all quite different. There are many different descriptions about how to know if these puddings are cooked, for me I make sure that the top of the fondant had cooked over but that it still felt wobbly underneath. Others say that the middle of the top still has a small shine, but I found that they would split if I took them out this early. Again, because mine were bigger I had a little more room to move.
Preparing the ramekins is worth the time, you can easily just generously butter the inside, for extra insurance I also like to dust with cocoa, feel free to try just one or both to see if you need that extra step.
There are SO many versions of this recipe, I have found this one to be the easiest with the simplist methods. I love that once you have prepared the pudding mixture you can store it in the fridge until you are ready to bake it. These are of course best eaten just after they are cooked, and only take around 15 minutes to bake.
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So now, onto the recipe, I cannot wait to hear what you think of this one and send through your photos, the good, the bad and the delicious!
I hope that you enjoy trying this recipe and a dessert that seems tricky becomes a firm favourite when you realise just how easy it is!
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Catherine Macdonald says
Easiest recipe ever and delicious! Thank you so much for sharing.
OMG – I made these tonight and they were amazing! Easy to prepare and they were delicious. 3 out of 3 turned out perfectly. I will definitely be making them again as they are my family’s favourite pudding now!
I’m so pleased!
Where is the video for the Chocolate Molten Puddings. Would like to watch before attempting.
Thank you for your query, I have updated the video now 🙂
Tessa Macleod says
I made your Coconut, Chocolate and Cornflake slice with complete confidence – my NZ friend showed me her cups(!) and I realised I had my own! My brother gave me some measures in the shape of saucepans ages ago (I mean, years ago!) – I have never found a use for them, cos I didn’t understand the measure – but now I understand them!
The slice has really held together but I think there might have been a mistake on the icing recipe – it said 1tsp Butter and 1-2 tbsps water. In the end I used about 4tbsp water and a bit more butter, even then it was certainly not melting over the hot slice, so I’ll change it to 1tbsp butter.
But everyone agrees that it’s the best chocolate cornflake cake they’ve ever tried! The addition of coconut adds a new crunchy dimension! I just thank God for putting my NZ friend in my path! Without her and her delicious baking, I’d never have thought of looking for your lovely, practical sight! Long may you continue with it!
I’ll certainly try this latest recipe – chocolate lava cake. You make it look easy! And I can taste it already!