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Dinosaur Party: molten lava volcano cakes recipe

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Are you ready for the easiest, most delicious molten lava cake ever?! I am really particular about my chocolate cakes. I have had this recipe for years (sorry I don't know the source... I have had it for 8+ years) and when I moved a couple years ago I lost my recipe! I tried multiple recipes and nothing even came close... Luckily for you (and me), I found it as I was moving.... again. 

This is a cake with a pudding chocolate center you serve right out of your oven. Perfect for a little boy dinosaur party for volcano cakes or an elegant dessert with a small group of friends (obviously not with the colored chocolate on top). 

This cake should be eaten warm, so you can prepare the batter in advance and preheat the oven. When you are ready to serve dessert, fill the ramekins or tins, place in oven and bake for a few minutes. There are many different ways to embellish molten lava cakes:
  • Cascade red and orange chocolate to create volcanos (a personal favorite)
  • serve with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream & sprinkle with cocoa powder
  • or serve with fresh raspberries and powder sugar (YUM!)

The brand of chocolate you use is very important, especially in this recipe. I have made this same recipe with multiple brands. Here were the results:

BEST Brands:
Giradelli's (Walmart carries this brand and most grocery stores)
Vairhona (found at Trader Joe's & high end cooking places like Williams Sonoma)

Bakers (I would suggest not using this unless you have no other options) It's not as sweet of a chocolate and leaves a more bitter taste.

Now what you have all been waiting for... drum roll please

8 Tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus a bit more for molds
2 teaspoons flour, plus a bit more for dusting molds
4 ounces of bittersweet chocolate
2 large whole eggs
2 large egg yolks
1/4 cup of sugar

Makes four 4 or 5 ounce molds or ramekins

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
2. Butter and lightly flour molds/ ramekins (tap out excess flour)
3. In top of double broiler set over simmering water, combine butter and chocolate. Heat until just melted.

4. In bowl using electric mixer (I used my kitchen aid) beat together eggs, yolks, and sugar until light and thick.

5. Add melted chocolate mixture and beat to combine. (Make sure egg mixture does not harden from heat of chocolate mixture.)

6. Quickly beat in flour until just combined. Pour batter evenly in to the molds.

7. Place filled molds on a baking sheet and bake until the sides have set but the center remain soft, NO MORE THAN 6 to 7 MINUTES!! This is the key to this dessert- it cannot be over cooked!

8. Invert each mold onto a plate, let rest 10 seconds. Unmold by lifting up one corner of the mold, the cake will fall out onto the plate. Serve Immediately.

Enjoy this delicious dessert!
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Dinosaur Party: molten lava volcano cakes tutorial

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I have received alot of comments about the molten lava volcano cakes, so I decided to do this tutorial first! This is really simple cake with a stunning, explosive result to your party. The coordinating printable package for the RAWR Dinosaur collection is available in my shop!

You can make theses 2 ways, with just a normal chocolate cake mix or with an actual "molten lava" recipe (recipe coming tomorrow!) If you are having these in a dessert bar like I had here in the RAWR- Dinosaur Party, I would recommend making them with a chocolate cake mix because with the molten lava cake needs to be served immediately for best results.

1. You will need orange and red chocolate apeels (wafers). These are white chocolate with food coloring, some are even flavored. I got orange flavor for the orange and vanilla for the red.... just to add a hit of surprise.

2. Have your volcano cakes cooking in the oven. I used this cupcake pan that I got at Williams Sonoma years ago, but you could use a cupcake pan with no liners. Note: If you have 2 ovens, turn on your other oven to as low as it will go to heat the chocolate (around 140 degrees). If not, after your cakes are cooked- TURN OFF your oven (if not you will burn your chocolate) and stick in your chocolate to start the melting process.

3. Melt each color of chocolate in a SEPARATE bowl in the oven, it should take 8-12 minutes to melt, but check on your chocolate every couple of minutes, as each oven heats differently and stir each time. Heating on the lowest temperature of your oven melts the chocolate properly and eliminates that white coating that can appear on chocolate, usually it is around 140 degrees.

4. Place a glob of orange chocolate on the top of the mini volcano cake, letting it run down the sides.

5. Drizzle the red down the sides crossing over the cake in a X like pattern.

6. Swirl gently with a spoon on the top to combined the orange and red, this will cause more chocolate to cascade down the sides mixing the orange and red for an realistic, explosive feel.

You are finished. Let them set for just a bit so the chocolate can set and transfer to serving dish. Mine did not last long.... boy was it delicious!

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Dinosaur Party: Rawr means Happy Birthday in Dinosaur

Monday, April 25, 2011

I just created this REALLY fun Dinosaur collection, that any little boy would enjoy.  All the kids had so much fun and loved all the little treats in the dessert table and the activities we had.

First lets start with the printables, available here.

We created a banner- RAWR means Happy Birthday in Dinosaur- RAWR Buzzy! Here are some unclose pictures of it. 

We had birthday dinosaur party hats with spikes down the back for all the guests. These were a huge hit! They were so protective of them. Some didn't want to wear theirs on the dinosaur egg hunt (tutorial coming in a couple days) for fear of ruining them. They wore them all day in the house and wouldn't take them off.

 We create 5 fun, unique dinosaur prints that are repeated throughout the collection, starting with our printable dinosaur party hats.


These are the favors we hand out to each of the guests as they were leaving. Cherry lava balls topped with our favor toppers.

Now for our creative desserts that were included in our dessert bar. 
First, Molten Lava Volcano Cakes!

Top your cupcakes with mini dinosaur toys. I found mine in a vending machine outside my local grocery store. The large dinosaurs are Toy Story dinosaur toys.

Hot Lava Trifle

Layer crushed Oreos (for dirt- I used the Oreos with chocolate filling so there was no contrast between the cookie and filling.
gummy worms with a little patch of "dinosaur eggs" round chocolate rock candies
more crushed Oreos
Top with cherry balls for the hot lava

We had little bags of chocolate dinosaur eggs topped with our favor toppers- "If history repeats its self, I'm so getting a dinosaur!"

So many people have inquired where I got the dinosaur egg candy from that I am now selling this candy. It is now available in my Our Shop.  

Here is another fun way I displayed it to the kids... make your own dinosaur nests with "dinosaur candy eggs"

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Easter Party: Bloopers

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Easter! I hope everyone is enjoying this weekend with family, friends and the Easter bunny! Here are some bloopers from my Easter photoshoot.

Little Miss was so mad that she couldn't eat everything in the photoshoot. She finally found a little stool and put it right up to the edge of table. Finally she was able to reach the sweets.

So happy when she finally got some.

So upset when it was quickly taken away. Isn't the pout adorably funny!

Again trying to reach for anything she could get her hands on.

They would take turns taking a bit of the edible Easter basket. For some reason they had made up this rule that no hands were allowed in eating this delicacy. 

A close second favorite picture. That little girl does not let anything stand between her and her candy.

This is my favorite picture! That little smirk with chocolate & peep dust on his cheek.... and his blue eyes!

Going, going, gone!

Here are some of our Easter Egg Dying pictures. Note to self: egg dying and chocolate eating don't mesh when your only 18 months!

This is my niece, isn't she cute! She would hold her chocolate candy.... take a bite.... get her egg out of the dye with her hands.... take another bite of her chocolate. 

I love that she would get the egg out with her hands when she is holding a spoon in the other! Who needs a spoon anyway.

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