Gooey Cocoa Lava Cake
Here’s something that is non-surprising if you’ve known me for at least five minutes: I really love eating. I love it way more than cooking, baking, grocery shopping (not that this is high on anyone’s list), and yes- more than blogging. I am like a hardcore omnivore- I crave a perfectly steamed, tender artichoke in equal manner and measure as I do tiramisu. And I am certain that there is no better bite than a sungold cherry tomato, still warm from the summer sun, grown in one’s own backyard (not that I have one of those, or see sunshine where I live). And then there’s pizza- omg! All I want out of life is all of the flavors, in my mouth, at all times, forever and ever, amen. I frequently ruminate on the colossal cosmic injustice that that isn’t possible, or even a little bit okay. I can only hope that science will someday come through.
Truthfully, my relationship with food borders on unhealthy, regardless of what I’m eating, and it’s a problem at times. I’m feeling like it’s becoming a problem once again. All of this is to say, nay declare, in front of all of you so I can’t take it back or pretend that I didn’t- I’m going to start running again. Right after I tell you about this easy, gooey cocoa lava cake that will change your life- promise. Lord help me.
This is a great recipe to keep close to your heart/tattoo to your arm because it is entirely out of pantry staples that one would surely have on hand the moment they feel they will absolutely lose their shit if they don’t get some dessert right now.
It’s also perfectly scaled for two people. So it’s portion control…right? Apologies for not having posted this prior to Valentine’s Day. But some very wise people suggest you treat every day like were Valentine’s Day. Hence, by their logic and not at all my own, you should make this every day…right?
(No. Just stop it)
Be sure to top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Or don’t, because you don’t really need to, meh, no big deal, either way it’s cool. Please send help. And podcast recommendations!
Recipe adapted from A Family Feast!
- 10 T. sugar, divided
- 1/2 c. flour
- 1/4 c. cocoa, divided
- 1 t. baking powder
- 1/8 t. salt
- 1/4 c. milk
- 3 T. butter, melted
- 1 t. vanilla
- 1/4 c. packed brown sugar
- 5 oz. hot water
- extra cocoa powder and vanilla ice cream, for serving
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two large ramekins or cocottes and place on a baking sheet.
- In a mixing bowl use whisk to combine 6 T. sugar, flour, 2 T. cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
- Whisk in the milk, melted butter, and vanilla.
- Divide batter evenly between dishes. Heat a tea kettle or small pot of water.
- In the empty mixing bowl, combine remaining 4 T. sugar, remaining 2 T. cocoa powder, and brown sugar.
- Sprinkle on top of the batter evenly.
- When water reaches simmering temperature, measure out 5 oz. and pour hot water over the top of the cocoa-sugar mixture. Do not stir.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes- cake tops should appear set and slightly shiny when done. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with cocoa powder and top with a scoop of ice cream just before serving.