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Valentines Day Red Velvet Lava Cake

Valentines Day Red Velvet Lava Cake

This decadent and festive dessert bakes up as a tender red velvet cake with a gooey chocolate center! Made using Spicewalla's Valentines Haute Chocolate Collection, these cakes are mouth-wateringly moist, delicious and perfect for any special occasion. Make sure to serve immediately or you'll miss out on the gooey, chocolaty lava experience!

Ingredients

2 ounces semisweet chocolate baking bar, finely chopped

2 Tbsp Spicewalla Hot chocolate, Chai Spice Hot Chocolate, or Mexican Hot Chocolate

1/4 cup heavy cream

1 cup cake flour

1 1/2 tsp Spicewalla Hot chocolate, Chai Spice Hot Chocolate, or Mexican Hot Chocolate

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

Flour or unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting ramekins 

1/2 cup salted butter, melted, plus more for ramekins

1/2 cup granulated sugar

6 tsp buttermilk

1 1/2 tsp red liquid food coloring

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 large egg yolk

Cream Cheese Whipped Cream

2 ounces cream cheese, softened

3 tsp powdered sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup heavy cream

1 Tbs Spicewalla Hot chocolate, Chai Spice Hot Chocolate, or Mexican Hot Chocolate (Optional)

Additional Ingredients

1 tablespoon powdered sugar

Preparation

  1. Prepare the Cakes: Combine chopped semisweet chocolate, Spicewalla Hot chocolate of choice and heavy cream in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high 30 seconds. Let stand 1 minute; whisk until melted and smooth. Place plastic wrap directly on chocolate mixture (to prevent a skin from forming); chill until firm, about 2 hours. Chocolate mixture can be prepared 1 day in advance; store, covered, in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease 4 (8-ounce) ramekins with butter; dust with flour or unsweetened cocoa, and tap out excess. Whisk together flour, Spicewalla Hot chocolate of choice, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk together melted butter, granulated sugar, buttermilk, food coloring, vanilla, vinegar, and egg yolk in a separate bowl. Add butter mixture to flour mixture, and whisk just until blended. Divide batter evenly among prepared ramekins.
  3. Using a small (1 1/4- or 1 1/2-inch) cookie scoop, portion chilled chocolate mixture into 4 balls. Place 1 chocolate ball in center of batter in each ramekin, pressing lightly. (Chocolate will sink into batter as it bakes.) Place ramekins on a baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven until center springs back when lightly pressed, about 18 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the Cream Cheese Whipped Cream: Stir together cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl until smooth. Add heavy cream and Spicewalla Hot chocolate of choice if using; beat with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until soft peaks form, 30 seconds to 1 minute, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  5. Remove cakes from oven. Immediately run an offset spatula or thin knife around outer edge of cakes to loosen; invert each red velvet cake onto a serving plate. Dust cakes evenly with powdered sugar. Top cakes with Cream Cheese Whipped Cream, and serve immediately.

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