Quick & Easy Chocolate Lava Cakes

Typically for me I like to know what I’m making for dinner first thing in the morning. This gives me the day to plan and prepare everything ahead of time so I’m not rushing around an hour before serving trying to get everything done.

In a perfect world, this would be the case 90% of the time. As it is, in my not-so-perfect world, I’m lucky if I know what I’m making by noon, and sometimes not until I set foot in the kitchen panicking because I’ve got less than an hour to get something hot and hearty on the table.

Because of this, dessert is usually the last thing on my mind until everyone has cleaned their plates and all eyes fixate on me in anticipation of something sweet. Sure there’s always ice cream or probably some cookies stored on the shelf in the pantry, but as for something homemade and wonderful, that’s something I’m lucky to accomplish once a week.

When I found a recipe for a chocolate lava cake that could be prepared in 10 minutes and bake while we’re eating dinner, I knew immediately this would be a keeper. I mean really, who doesn’t have 10 minutes before dinner to throw a few ingredients together and pour them into individual bowls for something chocolatey, hot, and utterly wonderful? I know even on the busiest of days, I can manage to find 10 minutes.

Quick and Easy Chocolate Lava Cakes

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  • 1/2 Cup Butter (1 stick)
  • 2 ounces Bittersweet Chocolate
  • 2 ounces Semisweet Chocolate
  • 1 1/4 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1/2 Cup Flour
  • Baking Spray for custard cups
  • Vanilla Ice Cream

Preheat oven to 425. Spray 4 custard cups with baking spray and place on a baking sheet.

Microwave butter and chocolates in a large bowl on high until the butter is melted, approximately 1 minute. Whisk the mixture until the chocolate is completely melted.

Add sugar to chocolate mixture and stir until blended. Whisk in eggs and yolks and then vanilla. Stir in flour.

Divide mixture between custard cups and bake for 13 minutes, until sides are firm and the centers are soft. Remove from oven and let stand one minute.

Invert cups on individual plates while warm and serve with vanilla ice cream.

I made these after a week of being down from an awful gall bladder attack and the family couldn’t say enough about them. Now, granted they might have just been itching for something homemade and sweet, but seeing as they have already asked me to make them again and it’s only been a few days since I first made them, I’d have to say these are definitely a keeper.

Anytime I can make something from scratch for a special treat in just minutes for the family, I’m thrilled, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.

Quick & Easy Chocolate Lava Cake

  • Servings: 4 Custard Cups
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Butter (1 stick)
  • 2 ounces Bittersweet Chocolate
  • 2 ounces Semisweet Chocolate
  • 1 1/4 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1/2 Cup Flour
  • Baking Spray for custard cups
  • Vanilla Ice Cream

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425. Spray 4 custard cups with baking spray and place on a baking sheet.
  2. Microwave butter and chocolates in a large bowl on high until the butter is melted, approximately 1 minute. Whisk the mixture until the chocolate is completely melted.
  3. Add sugar to chocolate mixture and stir until blended. Whisk in eggs and yolks and then vanilla. Stir in flour.
  4. Divide mixture between custard cups and bake for 13 minutes, until sides are firm and the centers are soft. Remove from oven and let stand one minute.
  5. Invert cups on individual plates while warm and serve with vanilla ice cream.

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