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Magic Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe | Chocolate Fondant

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Step 1: Serve the dessert to the guests at the table.  
Step 2: Add some hot chocolate sauce.  
Step 3: The sauce magically drops down into the middle of the dessert.  
Step 4: Take a spoonful and chocolate ganache oozes out of the centre like molten lava onto the cold plate.
chocolate lava cake recipe

Sydney is home to some great chefs, one of them Peter Gilmore came up with this impressive chocolate dessert idea. The real thing has 8 different textures and will set you back $175 to try it as part of his set menu at his restaurant Quay. I have greatly simplified the idea for you but kept the ‘magic’ and added lava. This recipe makes 6-8 lava cake desserts depending on the size you cut your circles.


Chocolate Lava Cake recipe

Chocolate Discs
140g (4.94 ounces) tempered chocolate

Chocolate Brownie Base
300g (10.58 ounces) or 1 1/3 cups plus 2 tspns butter or margarine
6 eggs
3 cups or 654g (23.07 ounces) sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
dash of marsala (optional)
3/4 cup or 90g (3.17 ounces) cocoa powder
2 1/4 cups or 360g (12.7 ounces) plain flour
3 tsp baking powder
(optional – you can add nuts, dried fruit or chocolate chips)

Line a baking tin 26cm (10.24 inches) x 38cm (14.96 inches) with baking paper, if your tin is not deep use the baking paper to make a wall around the edge and staple into place. This prevents it overflowing in the oven.
Melt butter in the microwave, beat in sugar, eggs, cocoa, flour and baking powder until just combined.
Add the vanilla and marsala, pour into baking tray and sprinkle with chopped chocolate or nuts.
Bake at 356°F (180 degrees Celsius) (or 180°C (356 degrees Fahrenheit)) until a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean

200g (7.05 ounces) milk chocolate
80g (2.82 ounces) dark chocolate
100millilitres (3.38 fluid ounces) cream (if you can’t get hold of cream you can use milk but use slightly less)

Place chocolate pieces in a bowl, melt the chocolate (if using a microwave be careful not to burn it, do 30 seconds, stir, 20 seconds, stir, 10 secs stir then 10 secs until melted). Then pour in your cream and keep stirring until it comes together to make a nice smooth ganache.

Make sure your ganache is warm when you place it on the dessert.
magic chocolate lava cake recipe
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  1. Rating: 5

    Hi Anne, I was wondering if you could possibly make a lava cake from a bundt cake? I wanted to make it for my dad’s birthday – he loves chocolate, but I wanted a similar way. Please let me know soon, and thank you in advanced. 🙂

  2. Rating: 4.5

    I tried this and it was so good, the chocolate disc didn’t work and there was so much batter but it was so good. what I did was cut a hole out, put the chocolate ganache in the middle and then put the middle part on top. thanks so much Ann.

  3. Rating: 5

    I made this and put some of the dulche de leche in the center. it worked beautifull. Will make again!!

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