Only a few days until Valentine’s Day and I am helping you get in the spirit (or plan Sunday’s menu) with this recipe for Vegan Molten Chocolate Laval Cake for Two! Dairy-free, egg-free, deliciously decadent chocolate cake that has a molten chocolate center. What more could you want for this freezing cold February holiday?
I have been a fan of lava cake for as long as I can remember. I mean, what’s not to like! But I have a bone to pick with most lava cake recipes. I find most of them are basically a mini-cake and the molten chocolate inside is just a melted square of chocolate. I might be alone here, not sure, but I prefer my lava cake to have a molten cake center. Like, a gooey, hot, chocolate fudge sauce type of thing. And this cake is exactly that.
This is crispy, chewy edges, with a molten fudge sauce center. Perfect with some strawberries and a scoop of coconut ice cream. This recipe makes 2 large servings. Thats because I opt to use large size ramekins (they hold about 1 1/4 cups volume), however if you use smaller ramekins to make 4 servings, you might have to adjust the baking time.
1/4 cup cocoa powder, divided (see instructions below)
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1/4 cup nondairy milk
3 tbsp vegan butter, melted or coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 cup boiling hot water
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper (this is just to catch any spills from the ramekins, for easy clean up.) Grease 2 large ramekins and set aside. The size I use is about 1 1/4 cups volume, and 6 inches in diameter.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup white sugar, flour, 3 tbsp cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt until combined.
Add the nondairy milk, melted butter and vanilla. Stir to combine into a batter. Divide evenly between the ramekins and spread with a spoon so its an even layer.
In a small bowl, add remaining 2 tbsp white sugar, 1 tbsp cocoa powder, 2 tbsp brown sugar and stir until combined. Divide between ramekins, sprinkling in an even layer overtop.
Add 1/4 cup of the hot water onto each cake. DO NOT STIR. Place on prepared sheet pan and bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, until top is set.
Remove from the oven and let sit 15 minutes before serving. Serve with strawberries and coconut ice cream!
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