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Mini Chocolate Lava Cakes with Salted Caramels

The lovely and talented Sasha Selden (part of our first graduating class of BS Nutrition and Culinary Arts students at Bastyr University - she's now a sous chef at Forest Ridge School) showed me this recipe. These cakes are quick to make, gluten free, and the soft middle melts in your mouth - does it get better? 
3/4 cup (4-5 ounces) dark chocolate
2 tablespoons creamy almond butter
2 eggs
1/4 cup unrefined cane sugar (rapadura or sucanat) sugar
Pinch of sea salt
1 tablespoon sweet potato or millet flour
2 pieces chocolate covered salted caramel, cut into 4 pieces

1.  Preheat the oven to 450F and butter 4 four-ounce mason jars (small ramekins work too); set aside.
2.  Place the chocolate and nut butter in a bowl and place it over a pot of simmering water. Stir until melted.
3.  Combine the eggs with the sugar and a pinch of salt. Beat until pale and light in color, and the volume of the batter has doubled.
4.  Fold in gently the flour and then the chocolate. Divide the batter between the jars (keep 1/3 of the batter).   Add pieces of caramels and cover with the rest of the batter. Bake for 8-10 to minutes or until the tops of the cakes have just set and start to crack. The less time you bake the cakes the more gooey the center will be.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Makes 4 mini-cakes

Adapted by Cynthia Lair and Sasha Selden from La Tartine Gourmande


Gary H.
Umm, was Steve going to Zumba or Flash Dance..?
May 15, 2012, 8:31 pm

Melody Davis
Can you adapt this to make one larger cake? Where shoudl I find salted caramel? What could you substitute?
May 16, 2012, 9:33 am

Cynthia Lair
Yes Gary, he does look rather dated. Melody, I have never tried this as ONE cake. It is mostly built on air and eggs so I would be concerned about it holding it's shape. As for the caramels, you can use ANY chocolate pieces in the center. The melting of the caramel or chocolate creates the lava in the center.
May 16, 2012, 3:39 pm

Its a trick right? To enter to win the sweet patato flour I need to make a comment on the site not on facebook, but the comments are now all on facebook? Ah well, my nick name was jojo the dog face girl. After some tv show called jojo the dog faced boy.
May 17, 2012, 7:34 am

Christina James
Can something be substituted for the eggs? Thanks
October 25, 2012, 12:04 pm

Cynthia Lair
Hi Christina, Since the eggs provide all of the structure for these little cakes (there's barely any flour) they can't be omitted and I don't know of a suitable replacement. ) :
October 25, 2012, 1:50 pm

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