I mentioned before Christmas that my kids were getting a monthly subscription to a cooking box/kit. Each month they receive a box that contains 3 kid-friendly recipes, a grocery shopping card, and directions for several little activities. Each box also contains a kid-sized cooking tool. The February box had recipes for chocolate lava cakes, roasted root vegetables, and a chicken dish. Valentine’s Day fell on a Thursday, which is our regularly scheduled dessert night, so the girls and I made the chocolate lava cakes. Let me tell you, they had so much fun. The only tasks the little girls could not handle were separating the eggs and pulling the cakes out of the oven. They are just not tall enough to handle this. The kit did include a trick for separating eggs that I will share, but we didn’t have a bottle that would work so I just did that part for them.
Here’s the recipe (source: http://www.kidstir.com):
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 4 oz semisweet chocolate (squares or chips)
- 1 C powdered sugar, plus more for dusting
- 2 eggs
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 C flour
- berries for garnish
- Preheat oven to 425. Spray 4 ramekins with non-stick cooking spray.
- Melt butter and chocolate in a double boiler, or in the microwave (1-1.5 minutes) and whisk until smooth.
- Whisk in powdered sugar, then whisk in eggs and egg yolks. Add vanilla, then whisk in the flour until it disappears.
- Carefully divide the batter between the 4 ramekins. Bake 13-14 minutes or until the sides look firm and the center is soft.
- Serve in the ramekins or carefully turn the cakes out onto a dessert plate.
- Garnish with a sprinkling of powdered sugar and berries if desired.
I had my little girls cut out their favorite shapes to use as a stencil when we sprinkled the powdered sugar. My 8-year-old cut out a heart and a diamond shape. My 4-year-old cut out a rectangle.
I was surprised how easily the cakes came out of the little ramekins onto my dessert plates. This is a great recipe! If I had one little tweak, it would be the addition of a little pinch of salt.
Here is the egg separating trick. Disclaimer- we did not try this, so I can’t vouch for it’s effectiveness.
If you’re interested in nutrition facts, here they are: