You know when something gets stuck in your head and you try to push it out but it keeps coming back? That’s the case with this molten lava cake. I had recently started a ketogenic diet and if you’re at all familiar with that, it is high in fat, low in carbs, and moderate in protein. This basically means no chocolate or sweeteners since that automatically goes over my daily allotment of carbs.
BUT, as life normally goes, I got derailed from keto while on a camping trip and had a hard time getting back on track. And that seemed like the perfect time to get the molten lava cakes out of my head and into my belly.
The first time I made them, I over-greased/floured the ramekins and they just didn’t look so pretty and had a hard time releasing onto the plate. It was a delicious mess. The next time I made them, I had learned my lesson and only lightly greased the ramekins, but they still didn’t release very easily because I tried coating them with cocoa powder instead of flour.
After a couple more tries, things worked out right. Turns out, it’s not just how you coat the ramekins, but the timing on when you invert them onto the plate. Too soon out of the oven = mess. Fortunately, gooey, chocolate messes are never turned down in this house and nothing went to waste.
But inverting the cakes onto a plate for the dramatic effect of cutting it open and seeing all that chocolatey goodness flow out isn’t necessary. Sure, it makes for a fun surprise, but you could be completely casual (as I prefer to be) and just eat it straight out of the ramekin. This also keeps all that molten chocolate contained and easy to spoon up so not a drop gets wasted. Because who wants to waste good chocolate?