And chocolate makes 3!

Have you ever tried those chocolate lava desserts? The ones served hot with chocolate oozing from the center? They are delicious and not terribly difficult to make. But in the spirit of an easy Valentine’s menu, I will help you cheat to achieve a similar result.

I used a Duncan Hines mix as the base, added chocolate chips and baked it in large muffins tins for individual servings. And, OOH! Was it good (for effect, you could imitate the Christopher Walken doing Lady Gaga voice). I served it with the Strawberry Coulis, but vanilla ice cream or whipped cream would be fantastic too.

It goes a little something like this:

Easy Molten Chocolate Cakes
1 Duncan Hines Super Moist Chocolate Fudge cake mix
3 eggs
2/3 cp whole milk
2/3 cp water
1/2 cp butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1 cp semisweet chocolate chips, approximately

Mix all the ingredients (except for chips) using a mixer, set aside. Preheat oven to 325° and prepare muffin pan.

To prepare muffin pan: Rub butter into each muffin section, then dust with cocoa powder instead of flour. This will ensure you don’t have any white spots on the muffins.

Drop about 2 tbsp of batter on the bottom of each muffin, then pile about 20-30 chocolate chips as close to the center of the muffin as possible.

Next create a damn around the chips by carefully dropping more of the batter. You want to make sure the chips stay in the center and don’t spread around the muffin. Then add more batter on top to cover the chips. Allow it to stand undisturbed while the oven comes to temperature, this will give the batter time to settle and even out without having to shake it.

Bake for 18-20 minutes (for large muffins). Remove from the oven and invert them right away, this will make them more compact if there was any overflow. Allow them to cool for about 5 minutes before serving.

To serve, trim any edges from batter overflow and serve while pretty warm with ice cream or this yummy strawberry coulis.

You will enjoy!

Cookingly yours,