Chocolate Orange Molten Lava Cakes

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Categories: Cakes, Dessert

Chocolate Orange Molten Lava Cakes
A variation of our popular Molten Chocolate Cakes, this uses orange zest and (optional) Gran Marnier for a complex chocolate-orange flavor. These can be prepared ahead of time and baked just before serving.
Well oiled ramekins are essential to the success of this recipe, although you could omit the unmolding step entirely if you wish. This recipe is scaled to make 6 individual, custard cup sized portions.

2 Tbsp Butter
3/4 c unsalted Butter
8 oz Bittersweet chocolate, broken into pieces
1 tsp finely grated orange zest
3 eggs
3 egg yolks
5 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla or Gran Marnier (optional)
1 tbsp Better Batter Gluten Free Flour
Powdered Sugar (optional)


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Using the 2 tbsp butter, generously grease six custard cup sized molds or ramekins.

Stir remaining 3/4 c butter, chocolate, and orange zest in a medium saucepan, stirring constantly over low heat until the chocolate is melted completely. Remove from heat.

In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat the eggs, egg yolks, sugar, vanilla or Gran Marnier, and Better Batter Flour on medium-high speed for 8 minutes, or until thick and pale yellow in color. Very gently fold in 1/3 of chocolate mixture.

Fold in remaining chocolate mixture and pour into ramekins. Place on a cookie sheet.

Bake for 10-13 minutes – the edges should look set, but the center will still look  undercooked. This is good! Do not overcook the cakes, or the center will set!

To serve: Run a clean knife around the edges of the cakes. Very carefully invert onto serving plates. This can best be accomplished by pressing the plate to the ramekin, right side up, and inverting the entire thing.

Dust with powdered sugar, if desired, and serve hot.



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  1. Allie 04. May, 2009 at 2:51 pm #

    Hi – I came to this section looking for regular old vanilla cupcakes – and ended up finding something online…

    This flour is miraculous! Loved the cupcakes I made, they were super simple & easy – and I think it was the mix!

    Thanks so much.. and you can view the post here:

    • naomi 04. May, 2009 at 6:09 pm #

      Thanks so much for the post! They look really good – we’re going to try them here at the office!

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