The other evening, while I was trying to relax and just thanking God for some quiet time while Noah was upstairs with his Dad, my little foodie came running up to me, screaming excitedly. (Did I just jinx myself? Bye-bye quiet time). He was rushing, almost breathless and when he stood close to me, he said, "Mommy, I want chocolate cake!" Now where the heck is this coming from?? So I asked, "Did you see chocolate cake on tv?" He admitted he just saw Scooby eating cake. *SIGH* I knew it! And of course I knew it, because I'm very suggestible like that myself. How could I be naive as to expect my son to be any different, right?
So, feeling much empathy for Noah (and I bet deep down I wanted a chocolate fix myself!), I gave in to the incessant demand and tried to think of what I can come up with given my pantry supplies. I didn't want to go for an instant cake mix as I knew it wouldn't satisfy me. I wanted something gooey and really chocolatey but didn't have a brownie mix in the pantry. Then I decided to pull out my copy of Paula Deen's Chocolate Lava Cake recipe and was very pleased to see that I had all the ingredients on hand. In less than 30minutes, Noah and I were both in chocolate heaven. The only thing I didn't follow from the recipe was the addition of the orange liqueur. We don't have that so I skipped it but it still turned out amazing!
So to all you chocoholics, here's a good and VERY EASY one! You probably only need no more than 3 'bites'/'scoops' and you'll be ready to walk away. I think it's too much to actually finish an entire ramekin of this recipe. That's how seriously decadent this is. And it's not so much as sweet as it is chocolatey so it's not for the fainthearted.
Here are some pictures of what I made. The middle part will be soft and everything will ooze out when you cut through. If you need to refrigerate left-overs, I've found that heating them in the microwave for about 30 seconds will make the middle part gooey again. If you heat them up for too long, you won't get the gooey middle as it will all harden. Click here for the recipe.