Molten Lava Cake: Feeling Cozy

Schokoladenküchlein mit flüssigem Kern

Can I confess something? I am a chocoholic. I really don’t care, be it summer or winter, I will happily eat chocolate. Except for white chocolate. I don’t know why, but we simply don’t get along. But offer me any of its siblings and I am in. Be it milk chocolate or chocolate with 85% cocoa, I will eat it. I would say that my consumption of chocolate isn’t lower in summer, rather, it is higher in fall and winter. You can easily find me with something chocolaty in my hand while snuggling under a blanket. Chocolate is soulfood!

Schokoladenküchlein mit flüssigem KernFor that reason I wanted to include the classic chocolate lava cake in my recipes. I mean, who can say no to this on a cold day? The funny thing is that I tried a lot of recipes, but I never was 100% happy. Have you ever experienced that? That instead of a liquid center you get a chocolate cake. That is also nice, but if you go through the hassle of making molten lava cake, you actually WANT molten lava cake, right? So I first thought oven temperature might be an issue. I started at 180 degrees Celsius and found out that for these little beauties 210 was actually better. Then I also checked different baking times. This also has an impact on the final result. Too little time creates a huge mess, too long means a boring chocolate cake. However, what surprised me the most was the fact that chilling them before baking was THE major factor, which made all the difference. Sounds crazy, but if I chilled them in the fridge overnight, I would always get perfect results the next day. They looked firm from the outside, yet had a nice liquid center. Perfection!Schokoladenküchlein mit flüssigem KernChilling is key because it helps for the cakes to bake from the outside to the inside. They have to “warm” up, thus making it more likely for the outside to be done and the inside to be still liquid. I got the idea from two German blogs, Alena does it on her blog Wunderbrunnen and Springlane experimented, too.

Schokoladenküchlein mit flüssigem Kern

I also like the fact that you can prepare these the night before. So good on a cold day, such wonderful soulfood. Obviously you can stick them in the oven right away, but as stated, I only guarantee a liquid center if chilled before. I also included further tips below. Happy to hear back from you!

Chocolate Lava Cake

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Serves: 4-8, depending on size Cooking Time: 10min preparation + overnight chilling + 10-12min of baking

Ingredients

  • 100 grams of butter
  • 100 grams of semi-sweet chocolate
  • 4 eggs
  • 60 grams of regular sugar
  • 80 grams of all-purpose flour

Instructions

1

Butter the forms and flour with cocoa powder. You can also use flour, however, it will not look as pretty.

2

Melt the butter with the chopped up chocolate on low heat and stir until melted.

3

Cream eggs with sugar until light in color and thicker in consistency.

4

Mix chocolate and eggs.

5

Sift flour on top and stir carefully.

6

Pour into prepared forms and chill overnight.

7

Preheat oven to 210 degrees Celsius and bake for 10-12min, depending on size. My forms have a volume of 100 milliliters and need 11min exactly.

Notes

The key is to chill the cakes before baking them to achieve the firm outside texture, yet very liquid center. It was the most important point for me to always receive the same result. However, keep in mind that every oven is different and that the size of your tins has an impact on baking time, too. There is no other way than to find the right point for taking them out of the oven than through trial and error. Muffin tins will take a little less time, about 8min. The oven temperature should be on the higher side, I got better results with 210 degrees than with 180.

Schokoküchlein mit flüssigem KernI am taking this to Fiesta Friday, the link party for foodies as always.

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Tulpentag
    Wednesday November 8th, 2017 at 08:49 PM

    Wie toll! So ein Schokoküchlein ist schon was Feines. ♥ Da bekommt man sofort Lust drauf. Vor allem bei dem Bild, wo die flüssige Schoko raus läuft. Toller Beitrag zu unserem Event. Ich freu mich, dass du dabei bist!
    Ganz liebe Grüße,
    Jenny

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      Jenny
      Wednesday November 8th, 2017 at 08:59 PM

      Danke, dass ihr es organisiert habt!!!

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    Cat
    Friday November 10th, 2017 at 10:38 PM

    These look great! I’m yet to perfect my lava cake recipe because like you said you either get undercooked cake or boring chocolate cake. I am definitely going to try your tip of putting it in the fridge overnight. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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      Jenny
      Friday November 10th, 2017 at 11:31 PM

      Let me know how yours turn out!

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    Marileen | HOLZ & HEFE
    Saturday November 11th, 2017 at 11:15 PM

    Liebe Jenny,

    ich liiiiiebe diese Schokoküchlein mit dem flüssigen Kern! Ich kannte bisher nur die Tiefkühlfach-Variante, aber nun werde ich die Kühlschrank-Variante auch mal ausprobieren.
    Toll, dass du bei unserem Blogevent dabei bist!

    Liebe Grüße
    Marileen

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      Jenny
      Saturday November 11th, 2017 at 11:19 PM

      Juchhei, ich liebe sie auch! Berichte, ob es geklappt hat!

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    Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook
    Sunday November 12th, 2017 at 09:20 AM

    I haven’t had lava cake in such a long time and I am craving for one now! 😀 I bet this tastes wonderful, Jenny! Thanks a lot for sharing and happy FF!

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      Jenny
      Sunday November 12th, 2017 at 10:18 AM

      It does and it only takes a few minutes to prepare 😉

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    Julia Erdbeerqueen
    Sunday November 12th, 2017 at 11:19 AM

    Hi Jenny,
    danke für deinen Beitrag. Das sieht ja sowas von köstlich aus <3
    Schön, dass du bei unserem Event dabei bist.
    Schönen Sonntag und liebe Grüße
    Julia

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      Jenny
      Sunday November 12th, 2017 at 12:04 PM

      Danke für das Kompliment!

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    Kat (The Baking Explorer)
    Sunday November 12th, 2017 at 04:02 PM

    This cake looks perfect and the chocolate oozing out is irresistable!

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      Jenny
      Sunday November 12th, 2017 at 04:07 PM

      Yeah, that’s the beauty of lava cake!

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    Trupti
    Monday November 13th, 2017 at 09:03 AM

    Its so beautiful Jenny and agree more than Chocolate, Choco Lava cake is soul food for me. Thank you for sharing with FF.

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