21 March 2008

Chocolate lava cake

one of my most favorite decadent desserts is chocolate lava cake on a scoop of cheesecake filling. Drizzle some rasberry sauce over the top and the whole thing is absolutely DIVINE in my opinion. But I HATE having to by my cake mixes. So I came up with my own lava cake recipie. It is a little bit yogurt cake, a little bit fudge. YUM I save it for special occasions like anniversaies, birthdays or holiday desserts.

Start by heating your oven to 350 and greasing a set of muffin tins. It really depends on what size of "cake" you want, but I don't recommend using the mini muffin tins because they just don't have the same oozy effect when you cut into the cake. And that is what lava cake is all about!

For your "lava" mix
1 cup of chocolate chips
1 stick of butter
1 can of sweetened and condensed milk

Melt butter and chocolate chips in a small saucepan then remove from heat. Add the sweetened and condensed milk. If you like fudge. This is a great easy fudge recipie when you delete the stick of butter and add your favorite bits to i like crushed peppermint or crushed oreos or even marshmallos and nuts.

For your cake
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup whole milk unsweetened yogurt
1 1/4 light brown sugar
3 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup whole wheat self rising flour
1 cup self rising flour, sifted
2 TB unsweetened flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 3/4 oz dark chocolate, melted

Mix oil, yogurt, sugar, beaten eggs until combined. Then sift in both flours, cocoa powder and baking soda, and beat in bowl until thoroughly combined. Then beat in melted dark chocolate. Pour the mixture into your cupcake tins. Spoon in about 1 TB of fudge mixture into the center of each cupcake tin. Don't worry about it being in the actual middle of the cupcake. The batter will bake up around the fudge.

Bake cupcakes for approximately 15-20 minutes. Let them cool 1 minute before removing from the tins.

Rasberry sauce
10 oz frozen rasberries (thawed)
1/4 cup sugar
2 TB cornstarch
1/2 c water (Approximately)

Mix sugar and cornstarch in a sauce pan. Add berries (with all the juice) and water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool and thicken.

No bake cheesecake
Whip together
2 8 oz cream cheese packages
1 can sweetened and condensed milk
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tsp lemon juice

Put it all together. On a plate place one scoop of the cheesecake. Top with a laca cupcake and drizzle with the rasberry sauce.

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