Posted 6/29/2011 11:46:48 PM
My almost 7yr old asked me today if we could "go to that place that has the chocolate lava cakes." Of course it was too late to actually do that but I decided to check the pantry to see what I could do to satisfy her chocolate craving. After seeing the picture of these on the back of the box I dedcided to try out the recipe online since I had the necessary ingredients to make these. YAY!
I didn't realize was that these take a bit more time to complete given that you must first chill the mixture for the "lava" centers after melting it over the stove. So be sure to factor that into your preparation time.
These were quite simple to prepare though I have a few suggestions...
1-Use paper cupcake liners. I used them and didn't have any problems with the cakes releasing from the liner. I'm all for easier clean-up so I'll definitely continue to use paper liners!
2-I used regular cupcake pans (not the larger ones that the recipe calls for) and the recipe for the lava centers barely made enough for 18 cupcakes. There was still plenty of batter left over - probably enough to do at least another dozen or so cupcakes so in the future I'll double the lava (use 1 cup of whipping cream and 2 cups of chocolate chips).
3-While these were indeed yummy, we thought the lava centers were a little too bitter. Next time I will try half semi-sweet and half milk chocolate chips to see if that yields a more tolerable tasting lava. You might want to consider using all milk chocolate if making these strictly for kids.