Tested till perfect Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes
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Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

Decadent little chocolate cakes with rich molten cores are enough to make any meal special. The batter for this dessert can be prepared ahead, but the cakes are best eaten immediately after baking, so don't put them into the oven until your guests are ready for dessert. If you're making this on an occasion when you can eat dairy, try the Flourless Chocolate Lava Cakes variation.

By Irene Fong and The Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: April 2013

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 36 ratings.
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  • Prep time 30 minutes
  • Total time 3 hours
  • Portion size 12 servings


  • 12 oz 12ozchopped kosher pareve bittersweet chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate, such as Lieber
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupkosher pareve margarine, cubed
  • 1 1vanilla pod, seeded (discard pod)
  • 2 cups 2cupsgranulated sugar
  • 6 6eggeggs
  • 6 6egg yolkegg yolks
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupkosher pareve cocoa powder, (such as Ghiradelli), sifted
  • 1 pinch 1pinchsalt
  • 12 oz (340 g) 12oz (340 g)strawberrystrawberries, hulled and diced
  • 1 dash 1dashKosher nondairy whipped topping, (optional)
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In heatproof bowl or top of double boiler over hot (not boiling) water, melt chocolate with margarine, stirring until smooth. Stir in vanilla seeds. Remove from heat.

Whisk in sugar. Whisk in eggs and egg yolks, 1 at a time. Whisk in cocoa powder and salt. Pour into 12 greased ramekins; place on rimmed baking sheet. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours; add 5 minutes to baking time.)

Bake in 425ºF (220ºC) oven until edges are set and centres are slightly jiggly when tapped, about 15 minutes. Let cool for 3 minutes. Run knife around edges and turn out onto plates. Garnish with strawberries, and whipped topping, if using.

Flourless Chocolate Lava Cakes: Substitute butter for margarine, and whipping cream (35%) for whipped topping.

Nutritional Information per serving: about

cal 387 pro 7g total fat 18g sat. fat 8g
carb 51g dietary fibre 4g sugar 45g chol 195mg
sodium 108mg potassium 132mg

% RDI:

calcium 3 iron 16 vit A 16 vit C 28
folate 15
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