German Chocolate Cake Energy Bites

When the craving strikes for German chocolate cake, these chocolaty, coconutty, pecan-filled energy bites come to the rescue fast! They’re rich, decadent, satisfy your sweet tooth, and come together in just 25 minutes with 9 simple ingredients.
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German Chocolate Cake Energy Bites

When the craving strikes for German chocolate cake, these chocolaty, coconutty, pecan-filled energy bites come to the rescue fast! They’re rich, decadent, satisfy your sweet tooth, and come together in just 25 minutes with 9 simple ingredients.

They’re a filling snack or treat to enjoy throughout the week or share with friends. Did we mention they’re vegan, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened?

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Chocolate Raspberry Crumb Bars

Chocolate and raspberry, together at last in one sweet and salty (and delightfully crumbly) mouthful. Jam crumb bars are one of my favorite desserts, and this choco-fied version is no exception: a layer of bright raspberry jam sandwiched between sweet and salty oatmeal shortbread, and chunks of bittersweet chocolate melted on top for good measure. […]

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Chocolate and raspberry, together at last in one sweet and salty (and delightfully crumbly) mouthful.

Jam crumb bars are one of my favorite desserts, and this choco-fied version is no exception: a layer of bright raspberry jam sandwiched between sweet and salty oatmeal shortbread, and chunks of bittersweet chocolate melted on top for good measure.

Rectangular cut Chocolate Raspberry Crumb Bars on parchment, pink background with fresh raspberries

Oat and jam crumb bars are, well, kinda my jam. I love being able to use up the random half-filled jars of jam floating around the fridge (because, surprisingly, for as much jam as I make we really don’t eat that much of it). Jam bars are like thumbprint cookies with half the effort.

A layer of crumbly oat shortbread + fruity jam + even more crumbles = one seriously tasty treat. Even more so when you add a double dose of chocolate to the mix. This is basically a choco-fied version of my original jam bars (one of the bonus recipes that comes with my Jam e-book bundle, and while I haven’t shared it in full on the blog, it’s one of my all-time favorites.)

You’d think chocolate crumb bars would be a thing, but usually it’s just regular crumb with a layer of chocolate or chocolate chips or something, which is not nearly enough chocolate for me.

So I added cocoa to the crumb base AND chopped up pieces of dark chocolate on top, making for the extra-chocolatey crumb bar of your dreams.

Two Chocolate Raspberry Crumb Bars on a plate with bowl of raspberries and more bars in the background.

This is one of those unassuming recipes that doesn’t look that impressive (it’s no s’mores tart topped with berries and edible gold leaf), but it’s just as satisfying, maybe even moreso for the pure simplicity and ease of preparation.

In other words, the effort-to-impact ratio is far higher than a high-effort/high-impact dessert like that tart, which in many ways makes it the superior recipe, wouldn’t you say?

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Decadent Chocolate Overnight Oats

If someone asks us if we want chocolate, the answer is always YES, where do we sign up?! Enter chocolate overnight oats (a.k.a. the perfect excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast). 
Not only are these overnight oats creamy, nutty, perfectly sweet, …

Decadent Chocolate Overnight Oats

If someone asks us if we want chocolate, the answer is always YES, where do we sign up?! Enter chocolate overnight oats (a.k.a. the perfect excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast). 

Not only are these overnight oats creamy, nutty, perfectly sweet, and undeniably delicious, but they’re SO easy to make! They come together with just 8 ingredients you probably already have around. It’s chocolate o’clock, so let us show you how it’s done!

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Chocolate Olive Oil Loaf Cake

This unique chocolate loaf cake is made with olive oil for a unique flavor and perfectly moist crumb. Not to mention it comes together in mere minutes, no mixer required! This moist and tender cake is made with olive oil for a unique flavor and perfect texture. The drizzle of olive oil chocolate glaze on […]

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This unique chocolate loaf cake is made with olive oil for a unique flavor and perfectly moist crumb. Not to mention it comes together in mere minutes, no mixer required!

This moist and tender cake is made with olive oil for a unique flavor and perfect texture. The drizzle of olive oil chocolate glaze on top is just, well, the icing on the cake (literally and figuratively, in this case).

Sliced Chocolate Olive Oil Loaf Cake with drizzle of chocolate glaze on a wire baking rack

You gotta love a loaf cake; they’re second only to bundts in my mind in terms of ease of preparation and presentation. Too often I think we relegate loafs to quick breakfast breads. Nothing against banana bread or anything, but I think dessert loaves are seriously underrated, especially when it’s a loaf as impressive and delicious as this one!

Whisk drizzling the Chocolate Olive Oil Loaf Cake with a chocolate glaze.

I know, I know… I literally just posted another chocolate cake, not to mention my ultimate chocolate cake from a few years back that is still my go-to recipe for a classic chocolate layer cake. (Don’t forget about my red wine chocolate cake or the whiskey chocolate bundt cake either!)

Can you ever have too many chocolate cake recipes, though? I’d argue that, while similar, they all serve different purposes and thus are all three completely necessary to include in your recipe repertoire.

While the ultimate chocolate cake is a perfect option when you need a multi-layered showstopper, and the sour cream chocolate cake is ideal for when you’re craving something ridiculously decadent but can’t bear to wait a minute longer than necessary… if you’re looking for a simple and impressive chocolate loaf cake, this one fits the bill perfectly.

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Super Fudgy Homemade Brownies

These super fudgy homemade brownies are thick, rich, extra-chocolatey, and super moist. They’re the ultimate homemade fudge brownie!

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These are some seriously fudgy brownies, guys. Like, if you’re not really into chocolate, you might want to just skip this one because these homemade brownies are about as close as you can get to fudge while still being a brownie. Consider the lines blurred. But if you like ’em thick, rich, fudgy, and moist, these are the brownies for you!

P.S. Did I mention that you can make these incredible brownies in just one bowl? Yeah, they’re easy AND delicious!

A stack of fudgy homemade brownies.

Fudgy Brownies vs. Cakey Brownies

There are two main camps when it comes to brownies: fudge brownies and cake brownies. Fudge brownies are dense, chewy, and rich. Cakey brownies are lighter and fluffier, and just more cake-like in texture. I’m definitely all about those fudge brownies, so that’s what we have here. But not just any fudge brownies, SUPER fudgy brownies.

How to Make Brownies Fudgy

The secret to making moist, fudgy brownies is all in the type of fat you use and how you use it. Butter offers the best flavor for brownies, but because it’s solid at room temperature, adding a little cooking oil in addition to the butter helps keep the brownies extra soft and moist as they cool.

Using melted butter instead of cold butter also helps keep the brownies extra rich and fudgy. When solid butter is creamed together with sugar, it aerates the batter creating a light cake-like texture in the brownie. Melted butter can’t trap air in the same way, resulting in a dense, rich brownie.

What Type of Chocolate to Use for Homemade Brownies

This recipe calls for chocolate in two forms: unsweetened cocoa powder and chocolate chips. I used a generic cocoa powder because I wanted to make sure these brownies would still be excellent even on a budget (they are), but if you have room in your budget for a higher quality cocoa powder, your brownies will only get better.

As for the chocolate chips, you can choose just about anything. Semi-sweet, dark, mint, peanut butter, large, small, whatever. Anything goes when it comes to the chips! This is a great way to use up leftover chips that you might have in your pantry. ;)

Homemade brownies scattered on a surface, from above.
A hand holding a stack of super fudgy homemade brownies.

Super Fudgy Homemade Brownies

These super fudgy homemade brownies are thick, rich, extra-chocolatey, and super moist. They're the ultimate homemade fudge brownie!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Total Cost $3.93 recipe / $0.44 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 374kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 12 Tbsp butter (salted) $1.32
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil $0.08
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder $0.42
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar $0.20
  • 2 large eggs $0.42
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract $0.56
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.01
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour $0.05
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips $0.83

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Melt the butter in a large bowl (or in a saucepot and then transfer to a bowl).
  • Add the cooking oil and cocoa powder to the melted butter and whisk until smooth.
  • Whisk the sugar into the chocolate mixture until evenly incorporated, then whisk in the eggs, vanilla extract, and salt.
  • Stir in the flour until it forms a thick batter. Finally, fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Prepare an 8×8-inch baking dish by coating it with butter or non-stick spray, then laying in a piece of parchment paper (the paper does not need to cover all sides of the dish). Add the brownie batter to the prepared dish, then spread it out evenly.
  • Bake the brownies in the preheated oven for 40 minutes. The brownies will be quite soft and moist, even when fully baked.
  • Remove the brownies from the oven and let them cool for 10 minutes before lifting them out of the baking dish. Slice into nine pieces and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 22g | Sodium: 205mg | Fiber: 3g
A hand holding a stack of super fudgy homemade brownies.

How to Make Fudgy Homemade Brownies – Step by Step Photos

Butter in a bowl

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Melt ¾ cup (12 Tbsp, or 1.5 sticks) butter in a large bowl. I use a microwave, but you can also do this in a saucepot and then transfer it to a bowl.

Cocoa powder added to melted butter.

Whisk ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder and 2 Tbsp cooking oil into the melted butter until smooth.

sugar added to the butter and chocolate.

Whisk 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar into the butter and cocoa mixture.

Eggs and vanilla added to batter in the bowl.

Whisk two large eggs, 2 tsp vanilla extract, and ¼ tsp salt into the batter.

flour added to the bowl of brownie batter.

Stir ¾ cup of all-purpose flour into the brownie batter until evenly combined.

chocolate chips being added to the brownie batter.

Fold ½ cup chocolate chips into the brownie batter.

Brownie batter in the prepared baking dish.

Coat an 8×8-inch baking dish in butter or non-stick spray, then lay parchment paper in the dish (it doesn’t need to cover all sides, it just makes it easy to lift the brownies out of the dish). Transfer the batter to the prepared baking dish and spread it smooth.

Baked brownies in the baking dish.

Bake the brownies in the preheated 350ºF oven for 40 minutes. The brownies will be very soft and moist when hot, so let them cool for 10 minutes before removing them from the dish.

sliced brownies on a piece of parchment paper.

Once the brownies are slightly cooled, you can use the parchment to lift them out of the baking dish. You can cut them while still warm (they will still be quite soft) or let them cool even further for cleaner cuts.

Side view of a stack of fudgy homemade brownies.

Enjoy all that fudgy brownie goodness! 🤤

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Fudgy Tahini Date Chocolate Bars

If chocolate had best friends, tahini and dates would definitely be in the running! It’s one of our favorite combos, and we’ve put them together in this creamy, decadent treat inspired by Honey Mama’s Chocolate Bars. 
These fudgy, beautiful bars a…

Fudgy Tahini Date Chocolate Bars

If chocolate had best friends, tahini and dates would definitely be in the running! It’s one of our favorite combos, and we’ve put them together in this creamy, decadent treat inspired by Honey Mama’s Chocolate Bars. 

These fudgy, beautiful bars are made with simple, wholesome ingredients, and this version is naturally nut-free! With just 6 ingredients and 25 minutes required, your chocolate club membership awaits!

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Double Chocolate Pudding with Caramelized Cocoa Nibs

I’ve been a bit out of sorts recently, getting a little buried under things that are less-fun than cooking and baking. Fortunately, I gotta eat. And I also have to have chocolate, frequently. (As in, daily.) Otherwise I turn into some kind of crazed person. It’s a little strange, but I guess there are odder things to be addicted to. But if I don’t have…

Chocolate pudding recipe

I’ve been a bit out of sorts recently, getting a little buried under things that are less-fun than cooking and baking. Fortunately, I gotta eat. And I also have to have chocolate, frequently. (As in, daily.) Otherwise I turn into some kind of crazed person. It’s a little strange, but I guess there are odder things to be addicted to. But if I don’t have a tablet of chocolate in my kitchen (or living room, or bed room, or…), I go a little mental and find myself wandering around wherever I am, searching for a bar to break the end off of and nibble on.

Which is why unsweetened chocolate is so vexing. While it’s great for baking, and giving things like chocolate pudding an especially intense bitter chocolate flavor, it’s hard to keep my hands off the little chunks when I can chopping it up for a recipe.

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Double Chocolate Overnight Oats

Double Chocolate Overnight Oats make your morning routine fast and easy. Just grab and go with a jar of these delicious chocolate oats!

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Spring has sprung here in Nashville and I’m feeling motivated to get back into a routine. Making a meal prep breakfast, like these Double Chocolate Overnight Oats, definitely makes sticking to a routine a lot easier. Overnight oats are so great for making a morning routine because the whole batch only takes minutes to make and then you have a grab-n-go breakfast for the next few days. And I promise you, when you make double chocolate overnight oats, you’re going to look forward to eating them every day.

Overhead view of a bowl full of double chocolate overnight oats with toppings
Shown topped with peanut butter, bananas, coconut, and chocolate chips.

How Do You Eat Overnight Oats?

This is the question I get most frequently when I post an overnight oats recipe. And the answer is there are no rules! You can eat overnight oats cold, heat them up in the microwave, eat them plain, or make them fancy by piling on the toppings! It’s totally up to you. Soaking the oats overnight basically takes the “cooking” part out of the equation.

What Kind of Oats to Use for Overnight Oats

Old-fashioned rolled oats are the best type of oats to use for overnight oats, in my opinion. They soften quickly but still have a ton of texture so the mixture doesn’t get too gloopy. Instant oats have very little texture once soaked, so your overnight oats will turn out very mushy and gluey. Steel-cut oats require a longer soak time and may need more liquid.

Toppings or No Toppings

When I’m having a super busy morning, I’ll just grab a jar of my overnight oats and dig in. But if I’ve got a little more time on my hands I like to look into my pantry to find something fun to add on top. Here are some fun topping ideas for your overnight oats:

  • Nut or seed butter
  • Sliced bananas
  • Coconut
  • Walnuts, pecans, or almonds
  • Fresh berries
  • Raspberry or strawberry jam

How Long Do Overnight Oats Last?

Overnight oats will stay good in your fridge for about 4-5 days, so I always limit my batches to 4 servings just to give myself a little wiggle room.

Don’t Like Chia Seeds? No Problem.

I added some chia seeds to my overnight oats because I love the extra dose of fiber, but I know a lot of people aren’t a fan of the somewhat gooey texture that chia can create. If you don’t like chia you can simply leave them out. The overnight oats will not be quite as thick, but they’ll be every bit as delicious!

Overhead view of four jars of chocolate overnight oats, each with a different topping
Overhead view of four jars of chocolate overnight oats, each with a different topping

Double Chocolate Overnight Oats

Double Chocolate Overnight Oats make your morning routine fast and easy. Just grab and go with a jar of these delicious chocolate oats!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Total Cost $1.58 recipe / $0.40 serving
Prep Time 1 day 10 minutes
Total Time 1 day 10 minutes
Servings 4 ¾ cup each
Calories 268kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats $0.024
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds (optional) $0.44
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder $0.07
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar $0.08
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips $0.32
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1 1/3 cup milk* $0.27
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract $0.14

Instructions

  • Combine the oats, chia seeds, cocoa powder, brown sugar, chocolate chips, and salt in a bowl.
  • Add the milk and vanilla extract, then stir to combine. Allow the mixture to sit for about five minutes.
  • Divide the oat mixture between four resealable containers. Close the containers and refrigerate overnight or up to five days.
  • Stir the oats just before enjoying. Eat cold or warm it up in the microwave.

Notes

*Use any type of dairy or non-dairy milk.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.75cup | Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Sodium: 193mg | Fiber: 6g
Side view of four jars of overnight oats with a spoon in one.

How to Make Chocolate Overnight Oats – Step by Step Photos

Overnight oats ingredients in a bowl, milk being poured on top.

Add 1 ⅓ cup rolled oats to a bowl along with 2 Tbsp chia seeds (optional), 2 Tbsp cocoa powder, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, ¼ cup mini chocolate chips, and ¼ tsp salt. Add 1 ⅓ cup milk (any type of milk you like) and ½ tsp vanilla extract.

Mixed overnight oats in a bowl

Stir the ingredients together to combine, then let the mixture sit for five minutes. The mixture will thicken slightly in that time making it easier to get an equal ratio of solid and liquid when you divide the mixture into containers.

Overnight oats divided into jars

Divide the mixture between four containers (about ¾ cup each). Close the containers and refrigerate overnight.

Overnight oats that have been soaked overnight.

After soaking overnight, the mixture will be much thicker.

Stirred overnight oats in the jars.

Stir the oats just before eating to redistribute the cocoa powder throughout. Then enjoy that chocolatey goodness!

A bowl of chocolate overnight oats topped with bananas, peanut butter, and coconut.

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DIY Ferrero Rocher Chocolates (Vegan + GF)

Friends, we can’t wait for you to try this DIY version of Ferrero Rocher dark chocolate truffles! They have all the chocolaty, hazelnutty goodness you know and love, but they’re gluten-free and vegan. Like, whoa, are you ready!? 
These one-bite wo…

DIY Ferrero Rocher Chocolates (Vegan + GF)

Friends, we can’t wait for you to try this DIY version of Ferrero Rocher dark chocolate truffles! They have all the chocolaty, hazelnutty goodness you know and love, but they’re gluten-free and vegan. Like, whoa, are you ready!? 

These one-bite wonders are perfectly crispy, incredibly decadent, and are sure to wow anyone you serve them to!

DIY Ferrero Rocher Chocolates (Vegan + GF) from Minimalist Baker →

Chocolate Lava Cake

Molten chocolate lava cake is an iconic treat with a liquid “lava” center: the ideal dessert recipe for chocolate lovers!…

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Molten chocolate lava cake is an iconic treat with a liquid “lava” center: the ideal dessert recipe for chocolate lovers!

Lava Cake

Here’s an iconic dessert that’s the pure definition of decadence: Molten Chocolate Lava Cake! It gets its name from its liquid “lava” center, which flows like a volcano when you dig into it with a fork. If you’re a chocolate lover who loves licking the batter off spatulas (guilty!), you’ll be head over heels for this one. Turns out, it’s not as tricky as you think: but there are a few things to know to fail-proof this classic chocolate dessert.

History of lava cake

Lava cake, chocolate lava cake or molten lava cake is a small chocolate cake baked in a ramekin that’s intentionally under-baked so that the center is still liquid. There are several chefs who claim to have invented the idea.

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten alleges he created it in 1987 after he pulled a chocolate cake out of the oven too soon and found the gooey center had great flavor. Either way, he’s who brought the cake to popularity in the US and soon around the world.

Tricks to molten chocolate lava cake

Lava cake is easy to make, but tough to perfect. (Trust us, we’ve made this recipe too many times to count as we honed it to perfection!) Here are three things to know about making the best lava cake:

  • You’ll need 6-ounce ramekins. This classic lava cake requires a special baking dish. Make sure to get these, because the bake time depends on it. (Need ramekins? Here’s a link to our 6-ounce ramekins.)
  • The bake time is extremely sensitive. You’ve got to pull the cakes when they’re just baked on the outside but still molten on the inside. It takes a little practice based on your oven, so don’t worry if you don’t get it right the first time.
  • Follow the unmolding instructions exactly. Once you take the cakes out of the oven, they still bake in the ramekins. So you’ll need to let them sit an exact amount of minutes to get the outside and top to firm up.

Other than that, it’s big fun! The batter is quick and easy to whip up, and it’s a theatrical dessert that’s perfect for chocolate lovers. Unmold the cakes, dig in, and watch that lava flow!

Chocolate lava cake

Why these chocolate lava cakes are the best

In testing this recipe, we surveyed an incredible amount of lava cake recipes. The classic recipe uses a large quantity of chocolate and butter. But we tweaked and honed this recipe to perfection to taste even better with less richness. Here’s what makes this lava cake recipe great:

  • It tastes like chocolate cake batter. Most classic recipes taste like melted chocolate, which is good but not great. These molten lava cakes taste like the chocolate cake batter you lick off a spoon.
  • It’s just as decadent, with half the butter and chocolate as a standard recipe. The standard recipe is too rich for us. Plus, we hate using an entire 1 ½ chocolate bars for the recipe (we’d rather eat the bar). This recipe uses only ½ chocolate bar for 4 servings.

Ingredients in molten lava cake

Most molten lava cake recipes call for a massive amount of butter and chocolate. This recipe uses half the standard, so it’s more like a chocolate cake a big pile of chocolate. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bittersweet chocolate (60%) bar or baking chocolate bar: The most important thing to note: do not use chocolate chips! They are formulated differently and make for a very thick batter. You can also use a semi-sweet chocolate bar if you prefer. The amount needed in this recipe is 2 ounces or half a 4-ounce bar.
  • Unsalted butter
  • Eggs
  • Granulated sugar
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Milk
Lava cake

Tips for unmolding them!

The nerve-wracking part of a lava cake: unmolding it! You’ll need to get it to release from the ramekin without sticking, and it needs to be just baked on the outside but liquid on the inside. Here are some tips:

  • Butter the ramekin, and add a circle of parchment paper at the bottom. This ensures the cake will easily slide out and won’t stick to the bottom. (We had issues with this in our recipe testing.)
  • After baking, wait 2 minutes. This is important: the cooking process still continues here!
  • Run a sharp knife around the edge of the cake. This releases the cake from the sides.
  • Invert one cake onto a plate (with a hot pad), wait 10 seconds, then pull it back. The cake should release onto the plate. Remove the parchment circle: the top of the cake will be either just cooked over or have a small circle of lava visible.

Troubleshooting: too much lava vs not enough lava

What to do if you have too much lava or not enough lava? Here are our tips:

  • If the first cake collapses with too much lava, wait another minute or two before unmolding the next cakes. The cakes will continue cooking in the hot ramekins. But do not leave the cakes in the ramekins too long: they will cook through and lose the lava.
  • If the cake doesn’t have enough lava, next time bake the cakes for 1 minute less time. It’s tricky to get perfect because all ovens vary! Don’t worry: you’ll get it next time.
Molten lava cake

Lava cakes for two

Can you make lava cakes for two? You bet! This recipe is easy to make as a half recipe. Simply divide all the quantities below in half: we’ve formulated it to work neatly as a half recipe. It’s the perfect dessert to end a meal for two, like Valentine’s Day or a romantic dinner!

More chocolate desserts

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Chocolate Lava Cake


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cakes
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Molten chocolate lava cake is an iconic treat with a liquid “lava” center: the ideal dessert recipe for chocolate lovers!


Ingredients

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate bar (60%) or bittersweet baking chocolate bar (do not use chocolate chips!*)
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Fold a piece of parchment paper in half, then half again to get four layers. Trace the bottom of a ramekin on the parchment and cut out 4 circles. Use butter to grease the bottom and sides of ramekins. Place the parchment circles into the bottom of the ramekins and grease the parchment paper as well.
  3. Slice the butter into pieces and break the chocolate into small pieces. Place them in a glass measuring cup or glass bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and then microwave another 20 to 40 seconds until completely melted when stirred. Allow to cool while you make the rest of the batter.
  4. In a larger bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk until fully combined and frothy. Then whisk in the dry ingredients and the milk. Whisk until smooth, then slowly add butter and chocolate mixture and whisk until just incorporated and smooth.
  5. Pour the batter evenly into the four ramekins. Place ramekins on a baking sheet and bake them for 11 minutes (or 10 minutes if baking at altitude). The cake should be risen, cracked across the top and just a little bit jiggly when the center is lightly tapped with your finger. (11 minutes is perfect in our oven.)
  6. Remove from the oven and rest the cakes for 2 minutes (it’s important to be precise here; the cakes still cook while in the ramekins). Carefully run a sharp paring knife around the outsides of the cake to let it loose from the ramekin. Using a hot pad, invert one lava cake onto a plate (careful, the ramekins are hot!). Wait 10 seconds before carefully removing the ramekin to unmold the cake, then remove the parchment circle from the top. The top of the cake will be either just cooked over or have a small circle of lava visible. If the cake collapses with too much lava, wait another minute before unmolding the other cakes, since they will continue cooking in the hot ramekin. (But do not leave the cakes in the ramekins too long: they will cook through and lose the lava!) If the cake doesn’t have enough lava, next time you make the recipe reduce the bake time by 1 minute.
  7. Dust with powdered sugar and serve immediately, using a spoon to open the cake and allow the lava to flow out.

Notes

*Chocolate chips do not work well, since they are formulated to not melt (they result in an ultra thick batter). Resist the urge to substitute them! Most chocolate bars come in 4-ounce bars, so 2 ounces is a half bar. You can substitute semi-sweet chocolate if desired.

**This recipe is easy to make as a half recipe: it’s a great dessert for a dinner for two!

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Lava cake, chocolate lava cake, molten lava cake

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