If you want something to impress the chocolate lover of the household, then you’d better try your hand at this Giant Lava Molten Chocolate Cake Recipe! And if you really want to put on a show, don’t forget the sparklers! 😉
Seven years ago, my sister-in-law, Christina (-C) introduced me to the dessert I have to have every year for my birthday: a large bundt cake soaked with fudge, then topped with ice cream, caramel sauce, and chocolate shell. If you’re lucky, -C might even set off a smoke alarm by putting sparklers on top.
After moving away from basically everyone, I had to recreate this cake on my own.
After much searching and baking, I found my favorite recipes for chocolate cake , caramel sauce, fudge sauce, and even chocolate shell. And voila! It’s so rich, but insanely delicious at the same time. So I have one of two options: (1) surround myself with all of my friends to help devour it, or (2) eat myself sick. Sometimes I just go ahead and do both. Worth it.
-C LOVES to put sparklers on this cake for the “candles”. I’m not saying it’s smart, but it is fun. Haven’t started a fire yet…..
Giant Molten Chocolate Cake
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 and 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup dutch process cocoa powder plus more for dusting
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup hot water
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup white sugar
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cup evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 4 ounces chocolate
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil or butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- 3/4 cup heavy cream at room temperature
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1.5 quart container of your favorite vanilla ice cream
Preheat oven to 350. Butter a bundt pan and dust the inside with cocoa powder. Set aside.
Sift together sugar, flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl. Set aside.
In a mixer on low add the milk, water, vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla one at a time. Mix until everything is incorporated. Then, with the mixer still on low-speed, slowly add in the dry ingredients. Once all of the flour mixture is added, mix the batter for a full four minutes on medium speed.
Pour the batter into the bundt pan and bake for 45 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Allow to cool to room temperature on a wire rack.
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa, salt and cinnamon. Stir to mix and to eliminate lumps.
Pour in evaporated milk and bring to a boil over medium-high heat; boil for 2 minutes, remove from heat and stir in vanilla and butter.
Place chocolate in a microwaveable bowl and microwave for one minute. Add butter and microwave another minute. Stir and continue to microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring between until smooth.
If it gets very hot, let sit on the counter for 3-5 minutes to cool slightly. Once it’s liquid but not hot, drizzle over ice cream.
Put the sugar, water and corn syrup into a medium saucepan. Cook over medium high heat, swirling the pan, but not stirring until the caramel turns an amber color. (If you get sugar crystals on the edge of your pan, use a pastry brush with water and wipe it off.)
Lower the heat and carefully add cream and butter…standing away from pan to avoid splattering. When bubbling calms, stir sauce till smooth. Add vanilla. Pour into heatproof jar. Cool to warm or room temperature before serving.
Turn cake onto serving platter. With a fork, gently poke holes through the cake
Generously slather hot fudge sauce on cake in a few additions, giving some of the sauce time to soak in.
Scoop ice cream into the hole in the center of the cake.
Top ice cream with chocolate shell.
Top off cake and ice cream with caramel sauce.
Dress it Up (Gourmet Style):
1. Add the following (one or all) as additional toppings: strawberry jam, shredded coconut, and your favorite chopped nuts. -C
Dress it Down (Quick n' Easy):
1. Use a boxed cake mix and pre-made caramel sauce, fudge sauce (heated), and chocolate shell for a much quicker version.
2. To simplify further, eliminate caramel sauce or chocolate shell. -C