One bowl, no mixer, so easy! The warm, gooey, fudgy chocolate lava cake center is heavenly! Better than any restaurant versions! Best chocolate cake EVER!!

Easy Cheese Fondue

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces dark chocolate or bittersweet baking chocolate (I used Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Bar; I prefer bars or baking chocolate to chocolate chips)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (1/2 of 1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk (discard white or save for another use)
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso coffee granules, optional but recommended (doesn’t make cakes taste like coffee and serves to enhance the chocolate flavor)
  • ice cream for serving, optional but recommended
  • hot fudge for serving (homemade or storebought), optional but recommended

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 425F and spray two ramekins (about 3-4 inches in diameter or about 4 ounces each) with cooking spray, place ramekins on a baking sheet; set aside.
  • To a medium microwave-safe bowl, add the chocolate, butter, and heat on high power to melt, about 1 minute. Stop to whisk until smooth. If needed, return bowl to micro and heat in 15-second increments until chocolate can be whisked smooth.
  • Add the sugar, egg, egg yolk, and whisk until smooth.
  • Add the flour, optional espresso granules, and stir until just combined; don’t overmix.
  • Pour batter into prepared ramekins, divided evenly.
  • Bake for about 12 minutes, or until edges are set but center is still soft; don’t overbake. Baking times will vary based on oven, ramekins, and climate variances; bake until as done as desired.
  • Allow cakes to cool in ramekins for about 1 minute, gently rim the edges of ramekins with a paring knife, and invert over serving dishes to dislodge cakes.
  • Optionally top with ice cream, hot fudge, and serve immediately. Cakes are best warm and fresh.