Lava Cake Recipe
When I studied abroad in Italy I got the chance to eat lots of super delicious food. Being the sweets-lover that I am, of course some of my favorite things to eat were desserts! Next to gelato, I really loved Italian ciobar, a thick hot chocolate you could drink or include in other desserts, like Tortino di Cioccolato con Cuore Morbido/Fondente (Chocolate Cake with Soft or Chocolate Center). Every time my host family made Cameo's Cuor di Ciobar (Ciobar Center or Heart) my roommate and I got so excited. When we finally asked for the recipe we were kind of disappointed to find it came in a box, since we knew we were not going to find it in the cake mix aisle back in the US. Still I loved Cuor di Ciobar so much I saved a box from Italy and put it up like a poster in my dorm room when I returned to the states. Haha!
Since I've returned I've found a few restaurants that sell lava cake, Domino's even has their own (not so great) lava cake, but I've really been wanting to make it myself in hopes it'll taste more like what I had in Italy. So, then I thought, what better way to recreate an Italian dessert then to follow an Italian recipe? I came across a great video on how to make lava cake (posted below) and for this hub I have translated it and included the recipe in English below. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Tortino di Cioccolato con Cuore Fondente
- 6oz. Chocolate Chunks, (half a bag)
- 4 teaspoons Flour
- 6 Tablespoons Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Egg Yolk
- 5 Tablespoons Butter
- 2 teaspoons Cocoa Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
- Confectioners Sugar
- 4 Aluminum Tins
If the video is too quick for you to follow along with these translated instructions, this Italian recipe has a step-by-step picture guide to help you out. I know visuals can be very helpful when trying something new!
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).
- In a water bath/double boiler (known as a bagnomaria in Italian, bain-marie in French, or baño maria in Spanish), melt down and mix the chocolate and butter. If you don't have a double boiler, don't stress out, you can easily do this in the microwave and it won't make much of a difference. You could probably even do it in a Little Dipper if you have one, but that might take awhile.
- Mix the eggs, vanilla, and sugar in a large bowl. Beat them together until the mixture is consistent and smooth with no lumps.
- Combine the chocolate with the egg mixture and blend well.
- Mix the flour and cocoa powder together.
- Butter the aluminum tins and coat them with the cocoa powder/flour mix.
- Fill each tin about 3/4 of the way with the chocolate mixture.
- Place tins on a cookie sheet and bake for 13 to 15 minutes (but no more than that or they'll be dry--or worse, burnt!).
- Let tins cool enough that you can touch them, then flip them upside down and let the little cakes out on a serving dish. Sprinkle a little confectioners sugar on top and serve while still hot.
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