Courtin’ The Volcano

You know how there are some things you just don’t ever make for whatever reason? Some people are fearful of working with yeast (that’s one that never bothered me. I think I was so young and inexperienced when I started using it I didn’t even realize I was supposed to be nervous lol), others don’t like grilling (I do it but I can understand the fear… I was there the day my two oldest boys and my son in law almost set the back porch and back wall on fire “lighting” {translate- using far too much lighter fluid and loving it} the grill.) Still others hate working with puff pastry (I still get nervous with it myself), others hate baking cakes (that’s why God let us invent box mixes 😛 ) and so on and so forth.

One of my things has always been the Lava Cake. I wasn’t scared of it in the least. I had read many recipes for it and for some reason it just didn’t appeal to me so I never tried it. But today, trying to figure out what to do for the blog, I was looking in the cabinets and saw that I had some bittersweet chocolate I needed to use before the boys decided my 3 dollar and fifty cent bag of Ghirardelli’s chocolate was perfect to make the “trail mix” they love to use odds and ends to make. Then I would be minus two teenage boys for a while as I hung them by their toenails off of the roof. Hmmmm, thinking about it, that sounds like it could be fun just for general purposes 😀

Moving on (titters and knows regular readers know why I am)… bittersweet chocolate to use. I also had some Raspberries and Strawberries that were beginning to look a bit peaked. So I decided that ok, it was time. I would make a Lava Cake and try to figure out what all the fuss was over a half cooked cake (cause really… that IS all it is if you think about it.) I figured I’d make a berry couli with it and if nothing else, how bad could ANYTHING be with smooshed berries and whipped cream with it. 😀

All I have to say is this… WHY THE HELL DIDN’T SOMEBODY MAKE ME ONE OF THESE AND FORCE IT INTO MY MOUTH YEARS AGO??! Shame on all of you for not writing me, say a decade ago (not knowing me then is no excuse darn it!) and telling me that I just HAD to try a Lava Cake.

Erhmmm, that was my way of saying I kinda liked it. Admittedly, I can’t lie, the berry couli was a big draw too but the gooey chocolate (aka the half cooked cake; I can’t lie to myself about that either) with the slightly crispy edge of the cooked part was…ummm… ehhh, it was ok I guess, if you’re gonna pin me down. FINE!! It was good! Happy now? I said it. Sheesh; some people. 😛

So try this. Right now. Go. Shoo. Get to the kitchen. Well, copy and print out the recipe first. But THEN… go. Cook. Eat. Drool. This recipe (the cake part anyway) comes from Paula Deen.

Chocolate Lava Cake


A Double Berry Couli

  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped if needed
  • 2 ounces semi sweet chocolate, chopped if needed
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter (NAHH!!! Not butter from a Paula Deen recipe 😛 )
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons orange liquor (Optional. I didn’t use it since I was using the berry couli)
  • For the couli-
  • 1 cups raspberries
  • 1 cup capped and sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Grease 6 6 ounce ramekins. Melt the butter and chocolates in the microwave (took a minute and 15 seconds in my 1000 watt microwave).
  3. Add the flour and sugar to the chocolate. Mix well.
  4. Add the eggs and egg yolks. Stir well until smooth (I used low on my mixer; worked fine) Stir in the vanilla and liquor if using.
  5. Divide the batter evenly among the ramekins
  6. Bake at 425 for 14 minutes. Do NOT over bake. The edge should be firm but the middle still goopy (yes, I said goopy 😛 )
  7. Loosen the edge carefully with a butter knife then invert onto a dessert plate.
  8. For the couli-
  9. Mix berries, sugar and lemon juice in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium high heat, stirring frequently, until mixture is slightly thickened. Strain through a fine mesh strainer, pushing down on it to get all the juice.  Let cool. Serve the cake in a puddle of couli with lightly sweetened whipped cream or serve the couli on the sides for people to put on the amount they want. If the cakes cool down too much and the inside thickens up, just microwave it for 20 seconds or so.
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34 thoughts on “Courtin’ The Volcano

    • Me? Amazing? Awwww…. thank you Lindsey.
      As for the lava cake, I made two huge ones too. I am hoping they are too sweet for my husband and then I’ll get his ;-D

  1. Yup, once you start making these, you’ll never stop! My kids HAVE to have these on Christmas. I’m going to have to try Paula’s version…it looks fabulous!

  2. Well done on overcoming your bias against lava cakes and discovering its wonderfulness. I admit to never having tried one myself and to the fact that I probably never will, but it’s because of a dislike of chocolate, not anything against the dish itself. Personally, the gooier, the better.

    Yours, with the couli, looks amazing. I’d be licking the berry stuff straight off the plate.

    • Thanks Ann…. and I will remain your devoted fan even if you don’t like chocolate and berries thus must be warped 😛

  3. Chocolate Lava Cakes are incredible, I don’t have them often enough unfortunately. The good thing is that if you overbake them, you end up with a moist rich cake instead of a dry cake.

  4. Love cake that’s goopy in the middle. Add the couli to that and it’s a whole lotta goopy going on. I will try to be civilized and not lick the plate.

  5. Oh this looks divine! I love lava cake so much. Whenever I go out to this restaurant that is on the same st as my apartment, I always have to get their chocolate lava cake! I keep telling myself that I need to try and make this myself and you have definitely motivated me! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Like the addition of the berry couli with this cake, it kind of tones down the rich chocolate. My fail is fried donuts-I have wasted ingredients twice so I have officially given up. All I can say is at least I tried. Looks like your effort really paid off on this one-Yum!

    • The berry couli was prolly my favorite part lol

      As for the doughnuts, don’t give up! Give it at least one more try. But use a different recipe.

  7. This looks delicious! Only problem is, I don’t have ramekins – do you think it would work to make them in a muffin tin instead?

  8. Becca, I’m honestly not sure. In a muffin tin, the shape alone might be enough to make them collapse when you tried to take them out. But maybe if you buttered the pans really well….
    You can get ramekins (4 of them) for less than ten bucks at wal mart . Then you’d KNOW it would work 😛

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