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Valentine Dessert: Dark Chocolate Almond Molten Lava Cake Sundaes

Dark Chocolate Molten Lava Cake Sundaes are the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert. Lava cake, with a center that tastes like the most delicious hot fudge, is topped with ice cream and sliced almonds for a pretty presentation and decadent chocolate richness.

This recipe for Dark Chocolate Almond Molten Lava Cake Sundaes was made in partnership with Fisher Nuts.

Dark Chocolate Almond Molten Lava Cake Sundaes

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As a single mom the previous few years, I had absolutely zero motivation to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Unless it involved making some sort of cutesy sweet treat for my kiddos. We focused on recipes like Vanilla Cut-Out Cookies or Pink Velvet Pancakes, and giving my kids some cute Valentine’s Day gifts like a card and stickers.

In fact, the holiday had kind of been a pretty sensitive time for me previously, not just because I was single mom, but because of the timing of when my first marriage imploded. February hasn’t been a month I cared for in what feels like a long, long time.

To say that I’m just a tad bit excited to have all of that behind me is a bit of an understatement. Kevin and I weren’t a couple last year on Valentine’s Day.

We kind of had an untraditional courtship (that sounds a little old-fashioned…) and began dating, then got engaged, then married all within the span of about 5 months since we had already known each other for almost 2 years by the time we started dating. 2016 was a bit of a whirlwind year for us, in all good ways. Wow!

So, this is both our first year together as a couple for Valentine’s Day and our first Valentine’s Day since getting married. February is a bit of a crazy month for us with some travel for Kevin and lots of things on the calendar. I actually have no idea if we’ll get to go out for Valentine’s Day or not and we haven’t even talked about it yet. But, I’m definitely happy that I have such happiness and love in my life now.

If February is a busy month for you, too, and you can squeeze in some time to make a special treat at home even if you don’t have time for a romantic evening out, you will definitely want to give this recipe for Dark Chocolate Molten Lava Cake Sundaes a try. Or maybe, like my past self, you’re single and hurting over being single.

Make these Dark Chocolate Molten Lava Cake Sundaes and give yourself a night to do something you enjoy, like watching a movie while eating this decadent Valentine dessert or having some other single friends over for an evening together.

Dark Chocolate Almond Molten Lava Cake Sundaes

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Choco lava cakes are pretty quick to prep. Quick enough that the photography took me longer than the actual assembly and baking. Quick enough that you can whip them up after you get the kids in bed or while you’re friends are on their way over.

This easy lava cake recipe is my new favorite dessert. The lava cake part features Fisher Nuts‘ preservative-free non-GMO almonds all ground up into a fine powder. Plus, you have chocolate, amaretto, almond or vanilla extract, butter, flour, egg, and sugar.

Did I mention plenty of chocolate? A Valentine dessert requirement is chocolate.

The outsides of the chocolate molten lava cake are like a rich cake with a little bit of a crunchy chewy edge, and the inside is oozing with chocolate lava that tastes like hot fudge sauce. The cakes are inverted on a plate, broken purposely to let the lava fudge ooze out, and topped with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and more Fisher Nuts Almonds for an extra crunch (plus, almonds and chocolate pair really well together).

If you want to get really, really decadent, you can top the whole Dark Chocolate Molten Lava Cake Sundaes off with extra hot fudge sauce, some homemade whipped cream, and shaved chocolate. But I think they’re plenty rich on their own…and, like I said, the lava part tastes just like hot fudge.

They’re sort of an outside-in hot fudge (rather than the hot fudge being outside as a topping). I much prefer this way of making molten lava cakes.

You purposely break them when inverting them instead of having to fuss with trying to get the cake to come out of the ramekin looking all perfect and in one piece. Because for me, never ever have I successfully done that to perfection.

It doesn’t matter if they look deformed, because you’re going to cover the Dark Chocolate Almond Molten Lava Cake Sundaes in ice cream and almonds anyway. Plus, warm chocolate lava oozing all over the plated mixed with melted vanilla ice cream and crunchy almonds is pretty much the best thing ever to eat.

Whatever you end up doing for Valentine’s Day, you definitely deserve a gooey chocolatey almond Valentine dessert in your world!

Dark Chocolate Molten Lava Cake Sundaes

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Chocolate Molten Lava Cake Sundaes Ingredients

To make this easy lava cake recipe, you’ll need:

  • Eggs
  • Amaretto
  • Almond extract
  • Ground almonds
  • All-purpose flour
  • Powdered sugar
  • Bittersweet chocolate
  • Salted butter
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Sliced almonds

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

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How to Make Lava Cake Sundaes

If you’ve baked regular cakes in the past, then you can certainly master this chocolate molten lava cake recipe! Here’s how to make lava cake sundaes at home:

  1. Whisk together an egg, egg yolk, amaretto, and almond extract.
  2. In a another small bowl, combine the finely ground almonds, flour, and powdered sugar.
  3. Melt the chocolate and butter together in a small saucepan.
  4. Add the sugar mixture to the melted chocolate, followed by the egg mixture.
  5. Divide the batter between two greased ramekins.
  6. Bake the molten chocolate lava cakes until the edges have firmed up but the centers are still soft.
  7. Once out of the oven, carefully invert the choco lava cakes onto small plates.
  8. Break open the centers, then top with ice cream and slivered almonds!
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Can I Make Lava Cakes Gluten-Free?

I’m not sure! This molten lava cake recipe uses just 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour, but that tiny amount really helps bind the batter together. You may be able to use additional ground almonds in place of the flour, but I can’t say for sure.

Can I Prep Lava Cakes in Advance?

No, this is one dessert recipe that you have to enjoy immediately. If you bake the molten chocolate lava cakes too far in advance, they’ll lose their gooey centers as they cool down.

Tips for Making Chocolate Molten Lava Cake Sundaes

For a less powerful almond flavor, use vanilla extract instead of almond extract in these choco lava cakes.

Note that the amaretto in this recipe is totally optional, but highly recommended.

You’re welcome to switch up the flavor of ice cream you use to top these chocolate molten lava cake sundaes. I bet salted caramel ice cream would taste delicious in these sundaes, as would peanut butter ice cream.

Dark Chocolate Molten Lava Cake Sundaes

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More Valentine’s Day Desserts:

For rich layers of white chocolate and dark chocolate pudding paired with raspberries, try these Triple Chocolate Raspberry Pudding Parfaits.

Cherry Vanilla Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day are perfect if you’re looking for something cute, sweet, and pink for the kids.

You can use chocolate ganache for lots of different things. Learn How to Make Ganache and 5 Ways to Use It. Hint: one of the things it is good for is dipping Fisher Nuts and fresh berries.

Chocolate and Raspberry are classic pairings in these Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream.

Cut-Out Sugar Cookies are a fun Valentine’s Day dessert! Kids will love helping cut out the dough and decorating the finished Valentine cookies!

Strawberry Fool is such an easy strawberry dessert recipe. It’s basically strawberries and cream taken up a notch! Simple, yet delicious!

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Dark Chocolate Almond Molten Lava Cake Sundaes

Dark Chocolate Almond Molten Lava Cake Sundaes

Yield: serves 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

Dark Chocolate Almond Molten Lava Cake Sundaes are the perfect dessert for two this Valentine's Day. Cake, with a center that tastes like the most delicious hot fudge, is topped with ice cream and sliced almonds for a pretty presentation and decadent chocolate richness.

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 2 tablespoon Amaretto, optional
  • 1/8 teaspoon Almond Extract or 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons Finely Ground Fisher Sliced Almonds
  • 1 tablespoon All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 2/3 ounces Bittersweet Chocolate
  • 10 teaspoons (3 1/3 tablespoons) Salted Butter
  • 1/2 cup Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 2 tablespoons Sliced Almonds, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Grease the bottoms and sides of two 6 ounce oven safe ramekins or custard cups. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, beat the whole egg, egg yolk, amaretto (if using) and almond extract or vanilla extract with a wire whisk until well mixed. Set aside.
  4. In a another small bowl, combine the finely ground almonds, flour, and powdered sugar.
  5. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
  6. Add the bittersweet chocolate and the salted butter to a small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until melted. Remove from heat.
  7. Add the sugar mixture to the melted chocolate and butter and stir until it is well mixed.
  8. Then, add the beaten egg mixture and stir until the mixture is fully incorporated and smooth.
  9. Divide the mixture between the two prepared ramekins.
  10. Bake at 425 degrees F for 10-12 minutes. The edges should be firm and the centers still soft.
  11. After baking, making sure to use a towel or oven mitts to protect your hands, remove from the oven.
  12. Then, run a knife around to loosen the cake from the ramekin.
  13. Then, making sure to continue protecting your hands as the ramekins will be hot, invert each cake onto a small plate or a low, flat bowl.
  14. Cut into the lava cake in half (or even quarters) and open slightly to allow the lava to ooze out.
  15. Top each with 1/3 of a cup of vanilla ice cream and sprinkle with almonds.
  16. Serve immediately!

Notes

To grind the almonds, place sliced almonds in a small food processor and chop until a very fine powder is formed. Depending on the size of your food processor, you'll need to process more than you actually need (I recommend starting with 1/4 cup sliced almonds). Then, measure what you need for this recipe and save the rest for another occasion.

Nutrition Information
Yield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 619Trans Fat 0gFiber 8gProtein 13g

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Beth Anne Ball

Wednesday 14th of June 2017

Holy yum!!!!

So my son (almost 6) has been wanting to open a donut shop since he was 4. It's the cutest ever. Anyways, we've been scrolling through all your recipe's and he's completely blown away and has demanded we make this NOW.

"Mom, we could make it and eat donuts with this!"

Anyways, thanks for the recipe's and inspiration for a young soon to be baker (I think)

Alisha

Monday 13th of March 2017

These sound yummy and very easy to make . Another thing that's great is that all the ingredients are store cupboard type things that a person usually would have. So perfect. May you have many more lovely years together in your marriage .

Fida | Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Tuesday 7th of February 2017

Your lava cakes look so delicious, I love how you incorporated grounds almonds into this recipe. I'll have to try making lava cakes with almonds soon!

Christine

Monday 6th of February 2017

First off, congratulations on your wedding! Hope you and your husband have great Valentine's Day this year. ^_^

Anyway... I agree, this is just the perfect decadent treat for Valentine's Day. And dark chocolate and almonds are among my favorite dessert ingredients (there's no need to even mention vanilla ice cream), so this is triply perfect. :D

I particularly like using tons of almonds in my biscotti and Italian bread. If I could, I would put almonds in all my pastries. I've never tried Fisher Nuts before and I'm really happy to know their almonds are preservative-free and non-GMO. I look forward to buying them for my pastries. So, thank you very much for sharing this delicious recipe. c",)

Kim Beaulieu

Friday 3rd of February 2017

These are absolutely gorgeous. They would be perfect for Valentine's Day or date night.