Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cake for One

Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cake for One // A Bitchin' Kitchen

Posted by: Maggie

Sometimes, you need hot, decadent, melty chocolate quickly.

Maybe you don't want to wait for butter to soften. Maybe you don't want to drag out your mixer, or dirty a lot of bowls. Maybe you simply don't want leftovers staring you in the face.

This is a recipe for when you're feeling impatient or lazy, but can't quell your chocolate cravings with a handful of chocolate chips, or that random chocolate Snack-Pak that's been hiding in your fridge and never seems to expire.

This takes 5 minutes to mix together, and 10-15 minutes to bake, depending on your oven. You can't tell from this photo, but when you cut into this, thick, fudgy, chocolately "lava" slowly pours out. Make it tonight!

Here's what you'll need:

Non-stick baking spray
Unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 large egg
4 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon peanut butter (or 1 tablespoon bourbon if you don't want PB!)
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon flour
Powdered sugar and berries for garnish, if desired

Place a baking sheet in the oven, and preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a ramekinwith baking spray, and dust with cocoa powder. Set aside.

Place butter and chocolate chips in a microwave safe dish, and nuke in 15-second increments, stirring in between, until melted. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, sugar, and peanut butter until thoroughly combined. Whisk in chocolate mixture until incorporated. Lastly, mix in salt and flour.

Pour batter into ramekin, and place on the baking sheet in the oven. Bake for 10-15 minutes. You will know it's done when the top looks dry, but the cake still jiggles. Let cool for 5 minutes, then run a knife around the edge to loosen. Carefully invert onto a plate, and garnish with powdered sugar and berries, if desired. Eat immediately!

Source: adapted from Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes

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  1. this looks awesome and I was in the SRC and had a reveal yesterday & Can't remember who's site i went to who had made something of yours...but it looked great.

    How's that for random. Love your blog name!

  2. YUM - we had lava cakes tonight too, always a winner! Love the idea of adding pb (or bourbon, for that matter!)

  3. Omg this is my perfect dessert. I am so sad that I don't have an oven right now :( Definitely saving this!

  4. YUM....I would love a lava cake right now! Especially with the berries.

  5. You quite possibly read my mind... this is just what I need in my life right now!! And I have all the ingredients in my cupboard, double win!!

  6. Ha, I think I'll make the boozey version. lol Great recipe!!

  7. Ooooooo! This must be so delicious!

  8. Wow does that look amazing! Pure perfection. Come visit today. We have a wonderful recipe and the Improv Cooking Challenge.

  9. This sounds like the perfect dessert! Love that it is for one :)

  10. Ok seriously, do you know how extremely dangerous this is going to be for me???? I can't have quick and easy recipes FOR ONE hanging around like this!!!

  11. This look amazing and so easy (can I do peanut butter AND bourbon?) :)

  12. I made these last night and Oh my!!! They were so yummy!! Thanks for the idea. I loved how fast and easy they were.

  13. That looks fantastic. I want it right now!

  14. holy crap this was the recipe i was searching for all day! i was trying to find a "chocolate cake for one" that DIDN'T require the microwave, to give as a gift to a friend. alas, i just wound up buying a slice from the bakery.

  15. Just discovered your site. Thank you for existing! :) I definitely want to try this recipe. Peanut butter and chocolate, yes please !!!

  16. Ahhhhhh This recipe is MY kind of recipe! I can't wait to try this! Chocolate and peanut butter are my two great loves!


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