If you’ve ever paid $5 for a molten lava cake at a restaurant (or wanted to), you will be interested in this post.
Surprise, surprise, you don’t need a food handler’s permit to create that perfect, rich, melty, chocolate goodness that is a lava cake. Here are a couple of tips to make your cakes turn out lava-ly!
1. Use Mayonnaise.
When you make a lava cake, you bake it at a high temperature so the outside cooks but the inside doesn’t. To avoid the health concerns that come with eating undercooked egg, we use mayo. Mayonnaise is made of egg and oil. By using mayo in your cakes it leaves them moist and delicious without the risk of undercooked eggs.
2. Take the cakes out of the oven when the uncooked portion is the size of a quarter.
Part of the magic of lava cakes is the eruption of chocolaty magma. You don’t want to undercook them, thus creating a lava landslide when you try to get them out of the pans. Nor do you want to overcook them—serving dormant volcano cakes that won’t erupt at all ruins the fun. Every oven cooks differently and 1 or 2 minutes is the difference between undercooked and overcooked. When the center of the cake that looks underdone is the size of a quarter, take them out of the oven. This way you are guaranteed success! Get ready for the flavor explosion.
3. Wrap tongs with paper towels to remove the ramekins.
When you try to flip your cakes to serve them, the ramekins may still be hot (especially if you want to serve hot lava) so you won’t want to touch them with your fingers. Baking mitts are sometimes too bulky. For successful flipping, place the serving plate on top of the ramekin. Flip it carefully. To pull off the ramekin, wrap paper towels around salad tongs and secure them with rubber bands. You can grab the ramekin with the tongs and carefully wiggle it off. The paper towels will give you the traction you need to carefully pull of the ramekin and reveal a perfectly shaped lava cake.
Easy enough, right? Now it is your turn! For just $7.50, you can make lava cakes for the whole family (mix makes 6). The best part is that you only add 2 ingredients! Click here to impress your family and friends.
Just remember—there is no harm in letting them assume that making these decadent desserts required great expertise. This can be our little secret.
Click on this video for a step-by-step lava cake tutorial!