Most chocolate lava cake recipes I have seen make anywhere from four to six cakes, but I thought it seemed rather dangerous, or um, tempting to have that many lying around so I figured out how to make a recipe that only makes two. Feel free to double the recipe if you need (or want) to make more than two.
Since the recipe makes two small cakes, it also makes a great dessert for a special date night at home. Valentines Day is coming up soon…hint, hint. You can even make it up to a day in advance and bake it while you’re eating dinner so it’s ready just in time for dessert.
Another feature of this recipe that is slightly different from others is the hint of mocha flavor you get by adding instant coffee. I like adding it to chocolate desserts because it gives it a bit of a different depth to the flavor that I enjoy. If you don’t have any instant coffee or would rather not put it in, then just leave it out.
One last tip about lava cakes: It may take some practice at figuring out the perfect amount of time to cook the cakes depending on your oven or other factors. They are supposed to be slightly gooey on the inside, hence lava cake, but it should be mostly set all the way around. It’s fine if it is a bit too gooey, it’s just not ideal. The opened cake in the picture above could have probably used another minute or so of cooking time, but it was still delicious anyway. If you over cook it a little, you will still have a nice chocolate cake but it might not be very lava-like. So don’t fret too much about getting it right the first time. It just gives you a good excuse to try it again!
Don’t forget to check out my homemade pasta sauce and meatball recipes to make for dinner along with your dessert.
What is your favorite dessert to make (or eat) for a special date night?