One of my favorite desserts to make at home is a Chocolate Lava Cake. They’re the kind of thing that you usually only find in restaurants because they look as though they are difficult to make. When you make them at home, they are a dessert that appears to be as impressive as it is decadent. They’re not that difficult to make from scratch, but up until recently a from-scratch recipe was your only option if you wanted to reproduce these at home. Betty Crocker released a Chocolate Molten Lava Cake Mix as part of the new Decadent Supreme cake mix line and I tried a box to see how it stood up to the “real” thing.
The first thing worth noting about this mix is that the ingredient list is short and that it uses real ingredients: butter, eggs, chocolate, flour and cocoa. The mix whips up quickly and is in the oven in less than 5 minutes – which I will admit is much faster than my recipe. If you grease and flour your pans, or use a silicone mold, your cakes should pop out easily in spite of their soft centers and be ready to eat in minutes.
The cakes look just as good as the picture on the front of the box and taste great, too. The chocolate center is oozing and rich, and tastes like nothing but melted chocolate. The cake part has a good flavor and is firm enough to hold everything in. Take care not to overbake these, as they’ll loose some of that ooziness, but you’ll still have a good tasting chocolate cake even if you overbake by a minute or two. I was impressed with how well these turned out and – although I will still say that I like my somewhat more complex, from-scratch cakes better – these are far better than those I’ve tasted in many restaurants and well worth a try if you want to serve these at home.