Molten Lava Cake for a #SundaySupper Valentine’s.

Or, at least they were supposed to be molten, but I’ll get to that later.
It’s Valentine’s Day next week and quite frankly, I haven’t celebrated this “holiday” in a loooooong time.  Not that the Husband and I don’t like to celebrate our love, but when you’ve been together 12 years, the desire to do it in a public way dictated by social mores, traditions and expectations is gone.  Also, I’m a total suck when it comes to doing loving things. The Husband is far more romantic than I am.  He’s always the one to craft elaborate plans to surprise me and make sweet things like collages, homemade cards, and meals.

The most romantic thing he’s ever done wasn’t on Valentine’s day but on my 30th birthday.  He had my friends take me out for a birthday dinner.  I thought it was super weird that it was just a girl’s night out and that he wasn’t coming to celebrate a milestone event with me.  When I got home, the lights wouldn’t turn on in our apartment and I saw what looked like the flickering of flames in the hallway.  I seriously thought our apartment was on fire.  I ran down the hall into our living room and saw that the entire room was full of candles and flowers.  Photos of the two of us were flashing by on our television. The Husband had set up an electric keyboard in the corner of the room and he was dressed up in a suit and bow tie. He played the piano and sang one of “our songs”, It Might Be You, originally by John Bishop from the Tootsie soundtrack, although the version we prefer is by Kai. I thought this was all just for my birthday, but after he finished singing, he got down on one knee and proposed.

After I said yes, he walked back to our front door and it turned out that all my girlfriends, the ones I had just finished dinner with, were there to celebrate the moment with us. Best surprise ever. The Husband had spent weeks figuring out the music to the song and learning how to play it. That’s how sweet and loving he is. Now picture the opposite of that and you get me. The poor guy definitely got the bum end of the deal here.

So, even though we don’t do anything uber special for Vday, there’s always room for chocolate and eating chocolate is always a cause for celebration. When I heard that this week the Sunday Supper team is cookin’ up aphrodisiacs and baking up sweets for their sweets, I knew I wanted to make something super decadent, rich, indulgent and chocolatey. Molten lava cake is one of my favourite things to eat and it’s been on my culinary bucket list for a long time. I took this opportunity to kill two birds with one stone and decided to make it.
This song was sung as I walked down the aisle. Enjoy, with a big slice of cake!

Chocolate Mint Molten Lava Cakes (adapted from Savory Sweet Life)

1 1/4 stick butter
1 cup chocolate (I used a Lindt mint chocolate bar and broke it up into small pieces)
1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup powdered sugar
3 large eggs
3 egg yolks
1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract *next time I’d use more extract because I found that the mint taste wasn’t as pronounced as I’d like. I’d try at least 2 1/2 teaspoons, especially if you’re not using mint flavoured chocolate. If you don’t mind the taste being subtle, then you can keep it at 1 1/2*

Garnish with whatever your heart desires – powdered sugar, ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, etc. I dusted mine with powdered sugar and added scoops of mint cookie ice cream.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Generously butter/grease/spray 6 ramekins or a muffin tin.
Melt the chocolate and butter together. I did this by microwaving them together in three or four 15 second intervals. Mix them together.

Add the flour and powdered sugar to the melted chocolate/butter and stir to combine.
Stir in the eggs and egg yolks. Add the peppermint extract and stir to combine.
Divide the batter evenly between the ramekins or muffin tin. The muffin tins will be smaller than the ramekins so you’ll probably end up making more than 6. Fill each tin 3/4 of the way.
Bake for 10 minutes but seriously, keep an eye on these babies. You do NOT want to overcook them as I foolishly did. They will be done as soon as the edges are firm and the middle is still sunken, runny and gooey. I read a tip online that if the lava cakes are domed in the centre, they’re probably overdone.

Remove the ramekins from the oven and allow to cool a few minutes. Run a knife around the edge of each and carefully invert onto a plate. Or you can serve the cake inside the ramekin.
I was cleaning the apartment today because it’s Chinese New Year tomorrow. Before Chinese New Year day, you’re supposed to clean your office and home, which is symbolic of sweeping away misfortune. There is to be no cleaning on New Year day because you’d be sweeping away all your good fortune. You’re not supposed to wash your hair either but I wouldn’t go that far. I mention this only because I was cleaning when my kitchen timer went off to tell me that it’d been ten minutes since my cakes were in the oven and I didn’t hear it. So, I over-baked them and damn was I disappointed. The very centre of the cakes were still liquidy but there was too much overdone cake. It was missing that gushing river of molten chocolate that these cakes are famous for and that I had been dreaming of. Le sigh.
Thankfully I had a pint of cookie mint ice cream to eat with my cake. Ice cream makes everything better.
The centres of the cake were phenomenal – exactly what I expected. Not too sweet and luscious silky smooth. If I baked them properly, they would have been perfect.

Make sure you visit all the other Sunday Supper participants this week for romantic culinary inspiration. Gung hay fat choy to everyone celebrating New Years today and happy Lovey-Dovey Day!

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78 thoughts on “Molten Lava Cake for a #SundaySupper Valentine’s.

  1. aw I loved reading this entire post. I always love hearing proposal stories and yours is definitely one of the cutest I’ve heard so far. I’m a sucker for romance! I think your lava cakes look like perfection even if they were a bit over-baked. to be honest, I couldn’t tell from the pictures because I was too busy drooling at the chocolate-y goodness that was staring out at me from my screen haha

  2. Awwww that’s so sweetttt – I hope someone captured that precious moment. 🙂 Just like to molten chocolate cake. Im a sucker for chocolate and I often crave for lava cakes, especially those melted parts. Oh yum….

  3. That’s like the sweetest story I’ve heard in a loooong time. Perhaps I should get my hubby to read your post!!!!! lol! We don’t do V-day either. Never have (even after 15 years). I used to want to, but got over it when hubby said it was lame to be all lovey-dovey on the one day that every guy is “supposed” to do it. He’d rather just do it everyday. Fair enough.

    I’ve always wanted to make a molten lava cake. Not sure why I havent actually done it yet. Yours looks soooo good and delish. How better could this have come out???? I’ll take your advice for when I get around to making it, but yours looks totally delish.

  4. That is the sweetest proposal I have ever heard! Tony is so good to you and you make a perfect couple. I’m not much of a romatic myself. My idea of romance is going out to eat, get home by 9 and pass out from being so full. I’ve been thinking for a long time to make molten lava cake. You’ve given me the perfect inspiration and recipe to make it!

  5. Aww, such a sweet story this is!! Loved reading it and I’m sure your dessert will surely make anyone happy on VDay! I love the gooey chocolate in the center! Yumm….

  6. Delicious valentines offering Nancy and I think molten lava cakes are so underrated as a delicious offering. Either they’re feared by folks who (are afraid of achieving) a perfectly molten middle. Or deemed a too simple pudding, by others.

    I think they’re one of the tastiest inventions ever and a perfectly formed pud, in a ramekin and clean perfect crust, Ooezy centre to be celebrated. Well done!

  7. Awwww, your hubby is so romantic! Yeah, my hubs got stuck with non-romantical me. I just don’t like all of that stuff, but, hey, they reap the rewards of our blogs. That’s enough, right?

    These look so decadent and ooey, gooey amazing!

  8. That is one night to remember!! I hope I get lucky and meet someone like that. And I wouldn’t count yourself out just yet – you bake all of these wonderful things, including these hard-to-resist molten cakes. I made molten cakes once that were no longer molten in the middle haha

  9. so sorry about overbaking them…GAH!!! That is the worst. Sometimes just a minute or three can totally change results and trust me, Ive been there. Did it recently with some cookies and a loaf of bread and it’s just not the same. And we’ve been married 12 yrs as well and trust me, ikwym about not getting caught up in the VDay hoopla. It would be nice, but the practical side of life says no roses and dinner at home and save some money 🙂

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