With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, everyone is looking for something sweet to eat — and what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a healthy dose of chocolate? Chocolate Lava Cake is one of the most popular Valentine’s Day desserts and with just a few commonly used ingredients, an oven and a custard cup, you can have four individually sized Lava Cakes in under 20 minutes! I can also vouch that this recipe can (and has been) easily made in a Residence Hall kitchen- so freshmen, sophomores and RAs, enjoy!


1 stick of butter

2 ounces of bittersweet chocolate

2 ounces of semisweet chocolate

1 1/4 cups of powdered sugar

2 whole eggs

3 egg yolks

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1/2 cup of all-purpose flour


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Microwave the butter, bittersweet chocolate and semisweet chocolate in a large bowl in 20 second increments until the butter is melted. Stir the chocolate-butter mixture until the chocolate is also completely melted. Mix in the sugar until it is well blended. Beat the eggs and egg yolks into the mixture. Add the vanilla. Carefully and thoroughly stir in the flour. Divide the mixture among lightly greased custard cups. Bake until the sides are firm but the  centers are still soft — 13 minutes. Remove from oven. Let the cakes sit inside their cups for one minute before inverting them onto individual plates while warm. If you really want to make a dessert about it, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and sprinkle some powdered sugar on the top.

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