Chocolate lava cake & happy international women´s day

This post is dedicated to all of my female friends out there. Hope you have (had) a wonderful day! And be beautiful, fabulous and strong!

Moelleux au Chocolat - Because we love...

I remember March 8 being a huge event in Hanoi. It was one of those days where there were flowers everywhere I turned to. Dad would bring home flowers for mom and us, his two daughters. So sweet of him, right?

At school, it was the time where every male members of the class showed respect to their female counterpart. It was almost an obligation, the unwritten rule of the students´ world. I was in a class where we had only one male member. Yes, one vs. 37 beautiful and talented girls. You could imagine how hard high school was for him. Of course we placed a lot of expectation on the poor guy on March 8th. He actually had to come to school early on the day and placed handwritten cards addressed to each one of us on our desks. And we still wanted more! Flowers, chocolate, sweets etc. Oh boy, that was what happened when women ruled!

Anyway, I photographed this lava cake for a magazine a while back. It was supposed for Valentine ´s Day spread but I thought the cake and the photos were sweet enough to share among us now as well. The recipe is really easy. The only thing I would suggest was to use the best possible chocolate for this cake. We deserved it, ya know?

 Imperfect beauty...

Chocolate lava cake

Recipe from here

Printable recipe

(makes three 6-oz ramekin cakes)
- 100g dark chocolate
- 100g unsalted butter, cut to small cubes
- 2 eggs
- 50g caster sugar
- 20g self-raising flour

1. Melt dark chocolate and butter using either the microwave, a hot water bath or a double boiler (note: do not use direct stove heat or the ingredients will burn).
2. In a large bowl, use an electric whisk beat the eggs and sugar till the mixture turns pale and frothy.
3. Pour melted chocolate/butter you prepared in step 1, into the egg mixture prepared in step 2. Stir in the flour. Use a spatula to mix everything evenly.
4. Grease your ramekins with some melted butterFill the ramekin almost 3/4 full with the chocolate mixture and bake in a preheated oven of 180C (356F) for about 10 minutes. The cake is deliberately slightly undercooked so as to achieve its ideal consistency which is runny in the middle
5. When it is baked, remove ramekin from oven and let cool for 1-2 minutes. Use a spoon to gently loosen the edges. Carefully invert the cake onto serving plate.
6. Serving suggestion: Use a sieve to dust icing sugar over the cake. Serve cream and berries. (Ice-cream would be too sweet here I think).

Styling note: The heart ‘love’ was something I made following this template. Have fun guys!

35 Responses to Chocolate lava cake & happy international women´s day

  1. kewpie says:

    i love the simplicity of your photos… always so dreamy and enticing…. not sure how u manage what you do and this! happy IWD!

  2. La Table De Nana says:

    So sweet:)

  3. leaf (the indolent cook) says:

    Oh that looks decadent and delicious. Happy International Women's Day!

  4. chocolatesuze says:

    hehe that poor boy! but at least he would have had all you girls' attention! love the look of that oozy chocolate innards flowing out!

  5. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A lovely post! That lava cake must be devilishly luscious.

  6. sanjeeta kk says:

    What gorgeous looking cake, Anh! Love the pictures.

  7. Kayla says:

    Happy International Women's Day! I didn't know that it's International Women's Day until someone wished me (for the first time in my life) so this morning. I must have been living in my own world. Anyway, this lava cake looks amazing. What can be better than a chocolate cake with chocolate sauce oozing out?

  8. Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy says:

    I love the feminity in your pictures Anh.The picture of pink rose is just so stunning.Kept on staring at it for few minutes.Happy Women's day to you too.I m seeing so many lava cakes recipes around that I wanna try it though i m not a big chocolate person.

  9. hollypop says:

    looks amazing!

  10. WizzyTheStick says:

    It's the last day of carnival in my country so I did not know it was such an important day for women today. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  11. tasteofbeirut says:

    Thanks so much for paying tribute to us women all over the planet! God knows we deserve it! Love your photos and the cake; for once it is not too rich like some recipes I have seen!

  12. Johanna GGG says:

    oh your poor male class mate – hope he learnt something positive from the experience – chocolate cake is just right for IWD – hope you had a good one

  13. penny aka jeroxie says:

    Happy International Women's Day!!

  14. Hannah says:

    Hmm, I have some Amadei chocolate that cost $16 for 50g, would that be the "best chocolate possible"? :D What a wonderful swoop of molten chocolate you captured there!

  15. Anh says:

    La Table De Nana: he's become a teacher, poet and writer. :D

  16. Christine@Christine's Recipes says:

    Oh, lovely pics, Anh. Thanks for your thoughts of writing up this post for us, women, on the special day. Mine was an usual one, well-respected of course, with the usual cooking anyway. :)

  17. Lea says:

    Mhhh, that looks delicioius… and guess what, I have never really eaten such a cake! But it's really getting time now :)

  18. Pam says:

    I am at school and I can't see the pictures! I'll have to wait till I get home to see what sounds like a gorgeous cake!

  19. Kitchen Flavours says:

    Wow…awesome photos….in love with that cake right now,….

  20. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says:

    Wow, I can't believe that International Women's Day is given so little attention here in the US, I've barely heard anyone mention it, how sad. It's really lovely that your dad would bring you and your mom flowers for the day and that it was celebrated like a real holiday even at school.

  21. Little Corner of Mine says:

    Happy International Women Day! The lava cake looks scrumptious!

  22. Stella says:

    Hey Anh! This cake looks lovely, and the photos show how soft it must be. I would love some right now actually.

  23. Soma says:

    This is a post of LOVE. love everything about it and of course the rose!

  24. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic says:

    This is the second chocolate lava cake recipe I've seen within the hour, so it must be a sign that I should make it soon ;) It looks great!

  25. OohLookBel says:

    Aww, it's all so pretty and ladylike! Roses and raspberries and chocolate are always appreciated.

  26. Hannah says:

    Now this is a celebration I can get behind- Especially if it involves this decadent chocolate lava cake! Sounds like the perfect thing for the occasion. :)

  27. Gastronomy Gal says:

    perfect recipe for International Women's Day! gorgeous photos.

  28. tigerfish says:

    I did not know March 8 is a big event in Hanoi. It was a usual day for me….I had to cook! :(

  29. Min {Honest Vanilla} says:

    I noticed that from my Vietnamese colleagues and like tigerfish, I'm surprise as well ;) Wonderful recipe for Women's Day, or any day for that matter :)

  30. Peggy says:

    I just discovered this holiday from reading a couple other blogs and am shocked that I've been missing out!

  31. Vivienne says:

    the oozing chocolate is calling out to me…

  32. Quay Po Cooks says:

    I love chocolate lava cake and have not attempt to make one yet. Yours is an inspiration! Love how the chocolate oozing out of the cake.. NICE!

  33. ChichaJo says:

    Oh I love this type of cake! And the photo is gorgeous…so tempting!

  34. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets says:

    Oh god this looks so so good, Anh! My mouth is watering right now. Love the cute topper as well!

  35. shaz says:

    Poor guy…37 to 1? Your dad is so sweet. Sad to say,March 8 was never a "thing" when I was growing up. We did always have something at assembly, and put on plays etc (I went to an all-girls school), but outside of school, nada, zip, zilch. Happy belated Int. Women's Day to you :) Lovely lava cake, yum to melty innards.

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