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A decadent luxury typically reserved only for those at sea, we’ve got the real Carnival Cruise Line’s Melting Chocolate Cake recipe to make this iconic dessert right at home. Think of it as a mini vacation as you dive into the creamy center of this molten lava cake.
If you’ve ever been on a Carnival cruise, then you’ve likely indulged in the deliciousness of their melting chocolate cake. This 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.
CARNIVAL CAKE INGREdients
You will need:
- 6 oz of Dark Chocolate
- 6 oz of butter
- 4 eggs
- 3 oz sugar
- 2 oz flour
INGREDIENT SUBSTITUTIONS & 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.
HOW TO MAKE this CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKE
STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 390 degrees.
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 in a greased mold.
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 degrees 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.
storing this recipe
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.
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.
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.
No longer just a copycat, this recipe for Carnival Cruise’s Melting Chocolate Lava Cake is the real deal for a rich chocolate treat with a creamy melt in your mouth chocolate interior. It’s perfect for a dinner party or a cozy staycation!
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Carnival Cruise Line Warm Chocolate Melting Cake
- 6 oz dark chocolate
- 6 oz butter
- 4 eggs
- 3 oz sugar
- 2 oz flour
- 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).