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So you know after dinner, when you want something sweet? Or late at night…or during that mid-afternoon lull…what do you crave? Etienne and I like to ask each other the question “if you could have anything in the world right now, what would it be”? (We also play the game, “if you could BE anywhere in the world right now, where would you be…but that’s another story for another time).
I digress. Anyway, I’d say 6 out of 10 times, our answer to the what would you eat question is usually “molten lava cake”. We LOVE molten lava cake. I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to share one on the blog! I guess because there’s SO many different variations on the internet, it just doesn’t seem like a very novel recipe to post. The fact of the matter is, however, molten lava cakes are way, way up there in terms of my favorite desserts, so I’ve just got to share my own version! And just in time for Valentine’s Day ♥
Would you be shocked if I told you these particular lava cakes in the pictures you see are 100% keto-friendly!? I’ve included recipe instructions for both regular non-diet lava cakes as well as these keto ones. They look identical, and taste pretty identical too. Etienne says he gets a weird after-taste when he eats desserts made with sweeteners, but I can’t say it bothers me a whole lot. I like to use the Swerve brand of powdered sugar. Either way you make them, these lava cakes are GREAT!
We like to make them in these little 5″ skillets that I picked up a couple of years ago (how cute are they!?!) but you can also make these in ramekins. If you bake them in ramekins, you can tip them out onto a plate once they’re baked for a prettier presentation. The bake time will change a little, so I’ve also included notes on that below! We eat ours right out of the little skillets!
If you like rich, chocolatey, warm cake with an ooey-gooey center baked in an individual little dish, I think you’ll like these cakes. I should also mention how quickly these little guys come together. I can throw them together in under 10 minutes, and the bake time is even less than that! Almost too easy…if you know what I mean!
The cutest little molten chocolate lava cakes for your next date night! Cakey on the outside, warm and gooey on the inside. Top it off with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream!
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, chopped into 1” pieces
- 3 oz dark chocolate, chopped*
- 1 egg + 1 egg yolk, room temperature
- 3 tbsp powdered sugar*
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp flour*
- Preheat the oven to 400 F and thoroughly grease and flour two small cast iron skillets, or ramekins*
- In a medium-sized microwaveable bowl, combine the butter and chopped chocolate. Heat in 30 second intervals on high, stirring in between each interval until completely smooth.
- In another medium-sized bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, salt and vanilla until the eggs are frothy and lighter in color, 1-2 minutes. Add half of the butter/chocolate mixture to the bowl, whisking to combine. Add in the flour, combine, and add the rest of the chocolate. Stir just until the ingredients are incorporated. Divide the batter evenly between the two skillets. I like to use my kitchen scale for this! Bake the skillets for 5-7 minutes*, or until the top is JUST barely set and the edges have browned up. Do not overcook them! Remove from the oven and serve immediately, topping with ice cream, coconut cream or whipped cream!
The recipe easily double if you’re serving for 4. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge!
- I like to use 72% dark chocolate. If you’re making a keto version, use sugar-free dark chocolate or at least 85%. Be sure to use good quality chocolate!
- For the keto version, sub the powdered sugar for something like Swerve powdered sugar, or an alternative sweetener.
- Use almond flour for keto-friendly.
- The skillets I use are 5″ in size. A smaller skillet will increase the bake time by a couple of minutes, and vice versa. Keep an eye on your cakes!
- If using 3″ ramekins, increase bake time to 8-9 minutes.
More Valentine’s Day Recipe Ideas here.