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Chocolate Lava Cakes for Two with Vanilla or Chocolate Salted Caramel

June 26, 2014 | 19 comments

Looking soooo innocent!!

Looking soooo innocent!!

I tried making chocolate lava cakes when I was 10. It was from a Family Fun magazine, and it looked sooo delicious. Guess what? It turned out like a dense cake. Still delicious, but kinda defeats the purpose of the title being chocolate LAVA cake.

And it comes out like molten lava!!!

And it comes out like molten lava!!!

Eat fast!

Eat fast!

The dang magazine didn’t show what it was supposed to look like on the outside before you flipped it over. It just said the outside was supposed to be cooked and the inside gooey… My 10 year old mind registered that as the top should not look uncooked.

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After adding the milk and butter.

After adding the milk and butter.

Until it was overcooked (in terms of lava cakes), the top stayed looking uncooked… It wasn’t until a few years ago that I figured out that the tops are supposed to look uncooked… GAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!! And I still have a lot of trouble with that today.

I'm bad at splitting in half...

I’m bad at splitting in half…

I didn't just eat one...

I didn’t just eat one…

Look at that soft caramel!!

Look at that soft caramel!!

So, I decided to eliminate the guess work for any other 10 year olds out there who don’t know the difference between cooked and uncooked. And this was the solution. A delicious caramel filled chocolate cake, that looks more lavey than the real thing. Take that Family Fun! (nothing against family fun… just made me kinda annoyed that it wasn’t very clear…)

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WHAT??!! What happened to the caramels??

WHAT??!! What happened to the caramels??

And OMG these are amazingly delicious! They’re quite rich, so I only made 2 cakes. Split it with someone you love, or hog it to yourself. Don’t worry… You’re going to make two and you can do one of both. Hog one, and then share another…

Delicious...

Delicious…

Also delicious!

Also delicious!

Chocolate Lava Cakes for Two with Vanilla or Chocolate Salted Caramel
for the caramel
(You can also use store bought soft caramels. Just stuff it in where the homemade ones would have gone.)
1 tbsp water
2 tbsp honey
3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp chocolate (optional; I like to use half of that amount and mix it in with half)
sea salt for sprinkling
for the cakes
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp chocolate
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp salt
little tiny tensy winsy bit of baking soda

To make the caramel, melt butter and warm with milk in the microwave for 2 minutes.

In a saucepan, mix the honey, water, and sugar until smaller bubbles form. Add in the warmed milk and butter mixture. Mix constantly until golden. Drop into cold water and it should form into a ball that sinks down. Remove from heat and add vanilla, then chocolate if desired. Pour into puddles on a parchment sheet and then cool. Roll into balls when cool and sprinkle with salt..

To make the cakes, butter and flour two muffin pan tin thingys. Preheat the oven to 425 F. Melt butter and chocolate in the microwave in 30 sec intervals. Mix in the egg, then add in the rest of the ingredients. Separate between the two cups and then add in a caramel piece. Cover with the batter. Bake for 13-15 minutes until top is still a bit moist. Don't worry if it isn't. It will still have the wonderful lava-like texture. Enjoy!!

http://www.sprinklewithsalt.com/2014/06/26/chocolate-lava-cakes-for-two-with-vanilla-or-chocolate-salted-caramel/


19 comments...

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  1. Eva on

    June 26, 2014 at 3:18 pm says

    Si c’est pour deux personnestu dois avoir un pour moi, n’est pas? Celle avec du caramel…J’ai très envie de manger un ! 😉 :) :) :)

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    • Anne on

      June 26, 2014 at 3:26 pm says

      Oh Eva, tu, comme moi, arrives un peu tard. Ma famille déjà ont fini les gateux…

      Reply
  2. Allie on

    June 29, 2014 at 8:36 am says

    I love that you’ve taken the guess work out of this challenging recipe! What a beautiful result; it looks so delicious!

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    • Anne on

      July 1, 2014 at 6:38 am says

      Thank you! It’s really easy as long as you aren’t afraid of boiling melted sugar! Not to make you nervous or anything… :)

      Reply
  3. Joanne on

    June 29, 2014 at 10:47 am says

    Lava success!! These look awesome

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    • Anne on

      June 29, 2014 at 9:52 pm says

      Thanks!

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    • Anne on

      June 30, 2014 at 6:08 pm says

      Thanks so much! Tell me how it turns out!

      Reply
  4. Medha @ Whisk & Shout on

    June 30, 2014 at 11:22 pm says

    Love the idea of vanilla/chocolate caramel flavors! This is a must try and I’m super impressed that you were making lava cakes at age 10 :)

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    • Anne on

      July 1, 2014 at 6:36 am says

      I wouldn’t call them lava cakes… More like dense chocolate bricks! :) Thanks!

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    • Anne on

      July 1, 2014 at 10:38 am says

      Oh, that sounds divine! Tell me how it turns out!

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    • Anne on

      July 5, 2014 at 11:19 am says

      Thanks so much, Shiran!

      Reply
  5. huntfortheverybest on

    July 6, 2014 at 3:11 pm says

    it looks delicious!

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    • Anne on

      July 6, 2014 at 3:47 pm says

      Thanks so much!

      Reply
  6. Elle Rezende on

    August 11, 2015 at 12:06 am says

    mmmm this looks so good! Nothings better than chocolate and caramel : )

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    • Anne on

      August 11, 2015 at 2:08 pm says

      So right. Thanks Elle!

      Reply

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