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Carnival Cruise Line Lava Cake

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A favorite dessert of hungry cruise-goers this Carnival Cruise Line Lava Cake is practically heavenly as you break through the fluffy layer of cake to reach the rich melted chocolate center.
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  1. CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE LAVA CAKE INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKE RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
  5. FAQ
  6. MORE DESSERT RECIPES YOU'LL LOVE
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If you’ve ever been on a Carnival cruise, then you’ve likely indulged in the deliciousness of their Carnival Cruise Line Lava Cake. This decadent dessert is served warm in a mini-ramekin and while the outside looks like a typical chocolate cake, the inside is filled with warm, gooey, melting chocolate.

If chocolate is where your sweet tooth leads you to, you have got to try our other mouthwatering, chocolate desserts including Chocolate Pudding Pie and Chocolate Peanut Butter Lasagna. If you love this lava cake and the fresh taste of lemon, check out our Lemon Lava Cake.


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CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE LAVA CAKE INGREDIENTS

You will need:

  • 6 ounces of dark chocolate
  • 6 ounces (¾ cup) of butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 ounces (2 ¼ tablespoons) of sugar
  • 2 ounces (½ cup) of flour

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

To make sure things turn out just right, you will want to keep the ingredients for your molten cake the exact same as called for in the ingredients. However, you can have a little fun with toppings on your molten cake.

TOPPINGS: To keep it simple, sprinkle a bit of powdered sugar over your finished molten cake. You could also add nuts, like pecans or peanuts for a bit of crunch. To make it even more decadent, you could add caramel, Nutella or chocolate sauce to the top. My all-time favorite is to top off a molten cake with some fresh berries like strawberries or raspberries.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKE RECIPE

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 390°F.

STEP TWO: Melt the chocolate and butter together in the microwave or on the stove top.

STEP THREE: Mix eggs and sugar together, whisking them for a few minutes, then add in the flour.

STEP FOUR: Add the egg mix to the melted chocolate mix and combine them.

STEP FIVE: Pour the mix into a greased mold.

PRO TIP: If you don’t have ramekins, you can use muffin tins to make the individual lava cakes.

PRO TIP: Use mini-ramekins to make them individual-sized servings, just like they do on the cruise.

STEP SIX: Bake directly in the oven at 390°F for 14 minutes.

PRO TIP: If you’re baking them in individual ramekins, you can line them up on a baking sheet, placing them in rows a couple of inches apart to bake them all together. We found that putting a little water on the bottom of the sheet helped to keep the cake moist and the center melted. If adding the water, baking time should be extended to 18 minutes.

STEP SEVEN: Serve immediately, while they are still warm. If desired, top them with a dusting of powdered sugar.

HOW TO SERVE

Top this amazing melting chocolate cake with one of the above toppings and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. This dessert is perfect for a dinner party or a cozy staycation! Add a refreshing iced tea, raspberry iced tea, sweet peach iced tea, or our southern strawberry sweet tea on the side to wash it down.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: You can keep your molten cake in the fridge for up to 3 days. When storing molten cake, it is best if you can store them as batter, uncooked. This will make for fresh-baked molten cakes. When you’re ready to bake them simply pop them in the oven and bake as directed above.

REHEATING: If storing molten cakes that you have already baked, you can reheat them in the microwave. Be sure to only heat them enough to make them warm, you do not want them to cook more. Be aware that the end result will not be quite the same as if baked fresh.

IN THE FREEZER: I don’t recommend freezing your molten cakes, they are best served fresh out of the oven to enjoy the gooey chocolate. However, if you have extra and would like to freeze them you can do so. To freeze, bake the molten cakes as directed. When finished, let them cool completely and remove the cakes from the ramekins. Next, wrap the cakes individually in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer Ziploc bag. They will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

REHEATING AFTER FREEZING: When reheating, be sure to let the lava cake thaw completely in the fridge, usually overnight. Then place in the microwave just long enough to heat.

A decadent luxury typically reserved only for those at sea, we’ve got the real deal recipe to make this iconic dessert right at home. Enjoy a rich chocolate treat with a creamy melt in your mouth chocolate interior. Think of it as a mini-vacation as you dive into the creamy center of this molten lava cake.

FAQ

Does lava cake have to be served warm?

Lava cake is best served warm so that you can enjoy the melting oozing lava center of the cake.

What can I use instead of ramekins for lava cakes?

If you don’t have ramekins, you can use a muffin pan. Grease the cups and dust with cocoa powder to prevent the cakes from sticking. Since the lava cakes will be slightly smaller, you will get six rather than four.

Can I freeze lava cakes?

We don’t recommend freezing lava cakes as they are best served fresh but if you do have extras, you can freeze, well wrapped, for 2-3 months.

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Carnival Cruise Line Lava Cake

5 from 2 votes
A favorite dessert of hungry cruise-goers this Carnival Cruise Line Lava Cake is practically heavenly as you break through the fluffy layer of cake to reach the rich melted chocolate center.
Prep Time 6 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 6 ounces dark chocolate
  • 6 ounces butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 ounces sugar
  • 2 ounces flour

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 390 degrees.
  • Melt the chocolate and butter together in the microwave or on the stove top.
  • Mix eggs and sugar together, whisking them for a few minutes, then add in the flour.
  • Add the egg mix to the melted chocolate mix and combine them.
  • Pour the mix in a greased mold (mini ramekins.)
  • Place mini ramekins on a baking sheet with a little bit of water. Bake directly in the oven at 390 degrees for 14 minutes (18 if baking with the water bath).

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Notes

For a more cake-like center, bake without water on the baking sheet.

Nutrition

Calories: 756kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 57g | Saturated Fat: 34g | Cholesterol: 256mg | Sodium: 375mg | Potassium: 390mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 1317IU | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 6mg
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