Chocolate Lava Cake for your Valentine
I’m not going to lie, it didn’t feel all that romantic when developing this recipe. In fact, it was more frustrating. This was actually going to be peanut butter chocolate lava cake but unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out as planned. I had this lovely picture in my head that if I put a teaspoon of peanut in the moulds with the batter before cooking the cakes, it would go all nice and runny with the molten and will just ooze out and look amazing. Unfortunately, it’s never quite that simple. It didn’t melt at all, it just stayed as a clump, and it seemed to mess with the cake batter as it was cooking. So I had to scratch the peanut butter idea but hey, chocolate lava cake on Valentine’s day is still awesome right?
Do you people hesitate when it comes to flipping something, like a cake for example? I think a lot of people hesitate at first, but when you just do it with confidence you think to yourself “oh, that was easy”. Yeah, I totally wish that was the case for me with these lava cakes. So I had to deal with problem number 2….yay!!I greased, then dusted the ramekin moulds with cocoa powder, and I thought that would be enough to stop the cakes from sticking. But when I tried to flip them, they didn’t come out. Then I shook it a bit, still didn’t come out. Then I lightly tapped the ramekin on the plate, still didn’t come out. I smacked the back of the ramekin and then half of the cake came out with molten spewing all over the plate. YUMMY!
So just before I thought to myself “we live to fight another day”. I had an epiphany and it was “why doesn’t anyone use non-stick baking paper!?” Well, it couldn’t hurt to give it a shot, and it ended up saving me! If you ask me, it will make your life so much easier. There is no chance that the cake will stick, they’ll be easier to flip, the moulds will be easier to clean. There are just so many benefits. So I highly recommend using non-stick baking paper. Basically, just follow the recipe.
So as I mentioned, making this recipe was a bit of a bumpy road but got there in the end. I really hope you enjoy it. If you choose to make this recipe for your Valentine, tell me how it all went and if she/he liked it. It would be nice knowing that I was able to help make someone’s night extra special (wink wink). Have a wonderful Valentines day and I’ll send another post your way soon.