Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Mini Heart-Shaped Red Velvet LAVA Cakes!!!

I remember the first time I had a lava cake. (I can't remember what I wore two days ago, but I can remember FOOD from 15 years ago.) My sister worked for Morton's and one night, she and I splurged and treated ourselves to dinner there. Dessert was a magical cake with a warm, liquid, molten chocolate filling. I think I heard angels singing.
mini heart-shaped red velvet lava cakes ... so cute for Valentine's Day dessert!
That was many moons ago, and many lava cakes ago (and many pounds ago). Since then, I've eaten my share of them. They're made one of two ways...1: a slightly undercooked batter that runs out from the center. 2: a chocolate truffle is inserted during baking; the truffle melts as the cake bakes.

truffles for mini red velvet lava cakes
For this recipe, I went with the truffle method. (Also, you'll have a couple of extra truffles to munch on while you're working...bonus!) I'm not usually a huge fan of red velvet cake. It pretends to be chocolate, but it's just not. WELL...red velvet lava cakes totally solve this issue. You'll get your red velvet AND a mega dose of chocolate.

mini heart-shaped red velvet lava cakes ... so cute for Valentine's Day dessert!

These mini red velvet lava cakes are so special...for Valentine's Day, anniversaries, or just to say "I love you" to your people. :)


making mini red velvet lava cakes
{The batter looks a little like ketchup. I used Americolor Gel Paste Food Coloring in Super Red. You'll only need 1/2 teaspoon as opposed to 2 bottles of the liquid coloring.)

making mini red velvet lava cakes
{The cakes will deflate a little as they rest.  That's ok. You'll invert these onto a dessert plate, so these are actually the bottoms of the cakes.}

*If you can't find heart-shaped ramekins, feel free to use round ones. Look for 6-ounce ramekins.

mini heart-shaped red velvet lava cakes ... so cute for Valentine's Day dessert!
I'm sharing on Imperial Sugar today. 
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mini heart-shaped red velvet lava cakes ... so cute for Valentine's Day dessert!


21 comments:

  1. Oooh, the truffle method is my favorite. Oh, who am I kidding? I love every form of lava cake. This one looks delicious!

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  2. Never heard of the truffle method, cannot wait to try it!!

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  3. These would be perfect for date night in!

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  4. OMG!! These look incredibly decadent! Love the truffle center idea!

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  5. Delicious! Good for this Feb14, I wish I could have this for my boyfie :)
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  6. My mouth is watering!! I will certainly have to make these with truffles.

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  7. These look amazing!! What a perfect Valentine's Day treat!! Will be checking out the recipe for sure!! Yum!!

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  8. I haven't tasted the perfect red velvet cake yet. However, if you say this recipe is a go! I'll try it ...Happy Friday :)

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  9. These are the perfect V-Day dessert!!

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  10. I had to buy some heart shaped ramekins for a blog post and was looking for the perfect recipe for them... I think this is it!

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  11. Oh, I love how that chocolate just oozes out! Pure YUM! Do you know, I have never had a lava cake?!?

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  12. I've never made molten lava cake with the truffle method. I didn't even know it existed until I saw the movie chef. I'll have to try it out!

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  13. It is beautiful and can't wait to try it...

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  14. Wow, what a wonderful cake and looks delicious I wanna have a bite. Thanks for posting this recipe. I will try it once or order it from Monginis they also provide heart shaped cakes at affordable rates.

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  15. Do you remember where you got your ramikines by chance? I am having trouble finding some. Thank you!!

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    1. I actually bought them at my grocery store! I've seen similar ones at Sur La Table.

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