Time with our adult kids going through difficult trials called for a family time which includes a special meal! Desert being the finally! Chicken Potpie with a homemade crust, luscious fresh salad homemade dressing, and a too die for lava cake. It is so easy and fast, plus it can sit for a while so I could make it ahead of time to give me more time with the kids vs. being in the kitchen. Always a plus!
Really it is simple as you will see. Adding any spice helps make the chocolate stand out, but you don’t have to add any so I did make that part optional. If adding a fruit topping, it does indeed make the whole mouthful more amazing! This lava cake would make a wonderful Valentine dessert as well.
Chocolate Lava Cake
For the batter:
- 1 cup flour
- 2 tbsp. organic natural cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. cream of tartar (see notes)
- 1/4 tsp. allspice (optional but worth the added flavor)
- 1/2 cup whole or 2% milk
- 3/4 cup organic sugar
- 1 tbsp. dark molasses (see notes)
- 2 tbsp. melted butter
Preheat oven 350 degrees.
Mix above ingredients in a bowl making sure to scrap the whole bowl leaving no ingredients not mixed. Very important. Place mixture into an 8×8 glass pan. (doesn’t need greasing which is cool) Set aside while mixing lava.
- 1 cup of organic sugar
- 1 tbsp. molasses
- 1/4 cup organic natural cocoa powder
- 1 3/4 cup of HOT water (doesn’t have to be boiling just super hot)
Mix sugar, molasses, and cocoa in a small bowl. Sprinkle the mixture over the top of your batter making sure to cover the whole area. Now…ready for the crazy part? Pour your HOT water over the whole thing. It looks weird and you will want to mix it, but don’t! Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the top is crusty. Important…place in your prepared oven but make sure to put a cookie tray under your pan as this may overflow in your oven.
Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream or our ranch favorite, raspberry filling. (heat a 2 cups of raspberries with 1/3 cup sugar. Bring to a boil and stir until thick. Optional to add 1 tbsp. vanilla, homemade of course.)
Instead of baking powder which some brands carry aluminum, I use the combo of baking soda and cream of tartar. Also, did you know brown sugar is just sugar with molasses? Hence the above mixture and choose ingredients better for our bodies and our overall health. The above links are good reads.
Enjoy your days, be thankful daily, and
Love deeper, talk sweeter,