The gooey center in these Chocolate Lava Cakes will have you licking your plate clean. Top these cupcakes with ice cream and toppings for a decadent treat.
Our youngest has a milestone birthday coming up in just a few days. He will officially be a teenager next week. I’m pretty sure he has let us know every week for the past six months that this big birthday is coming. I keep trying to tell him that his birthday has been officially cancelled because there is no way that we can be old enough to have three teenagers in the house.
Oh, my word! Three teenagers…that kind of makes me sad to think they are that old already. It’s true…time really does fly. I never got it when people would tell me that as I was holding babies. But here it is years later, and it feels kind of like a big blur.
One of our son’s favorite desserts are these homemade chocolate chip brownies….well, minus the chocolate chips because he thinks plain brownies are the only way to eat brownies. He must have been abducted by aliens at some point because who doesn’t want more chocolate. Ok, ok, I know there are some that just don’t prefer it…that just means more for those of us who do, right? Wink, wink.
His other favorite dessert is the chocolate melting cake from our Carnival cruise. Over the past few months I have been trying a few different recipes for that gooey cake to find one that he and I both liked. Not every recipe turned out like we wanted, until we got to this one. The gooey chocolate center was a perfect match for the soft cake that surrounded it.
I love that these little cakes look plain and innocent, until you dig in with your spoon and the chocolate center runs out and mixes with the melting ice cream on top. We loved drizzling ours with caramel and chocolate. Well, I did anyway. Plain chocolate boy only wanted a little bit of ice cream on his. But after the first bite of this recipe, he gave me a huge smile and a thumbs up.
These little chocolate lava cakes are going to be on the menu for the birthday boy’s dinner. He has already requested mashed potatoes, stuffing, tacos, and nachos. At first we tried to convince him that those foods didn’t quite go together. But you know what? Your thirteenth birthday only happens once, so who cares. We will just have a huge feast that night and everyone can choose what they want.
Would it be wrong to start with the chocolate goodness first? I think not! It will just be my way of consoling myself that my baby is getting so big. Bring on more of the chocolate and ice cream!!!
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- 1/2 cup butter
- 4 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate*
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- french vanilla ice cream
- caramel and chocolate toppings
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Spray 6 cavities in a muffin tin with non-stick baking spray.
- Melt the butter and chocolate in a saucepan over low-medium heat. Stir in the powdered sugar and flour.
- In a separate bowl whisk the eggs and vanilla together. Whisk in 1/4 cup of the melted chocolate mixture very quickly. Then add the rest of the chocolate mixture and stir quickly.
- Spoon the mixture into the 6 prepared muffin tins. Bake for 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes.
- Place a baking sheet on top of the muffin tin and very carefully flip the cakes out. Gently place one cake on a plate. Top with ice and toppings, if desired. Store in a sealed container after the cakes have cooled, if there are any left. Makes 6 cakes.
* You can substitute 2/3 cup chocolate chips in place of the baking chocolate.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 404Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 113mgSodium: 192mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 3gSugar: 18gProtein: 6g
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