My mother is an enigma to me. The woman eats no fat, sugar, calories or anything else that would fall in the category “tasty treats” and yet she spends hours at a time perusing the internet for tasty treats that I can make and then share with my friends and family. I am certainly not going to complain about this peculiar arrangement. Research isn’t my specialty and I don’t mind having an excuse to make yet another delicious treat.
Like this one.
Did I mention that these were delicious? Visualize this: mini cupcakes filled with melted chocolate chunks that ooze in your mouth! And the best part? Because they’re mini, you can justify eating even more of them!!! The night that I made them, I unabashedly ate 4. Or 5. Or more. Who is keeping count, anyway?
Oh, and the people at King Arthur said that these would freeze well. I always doubt when people tell me this, but I decided to give it a try. And they were right! They thawed nicely and still taste delicious!
If you don’t have multiple mini muffin pans, just bake these in batches.
mini chocolate lava cakes
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/2 tsp espresso powder
1/2 cup hot water
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup buttermilk, plain yogurt, or sour cream
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 2/3 cup bittersweet chocolate chips (make sure your chocolate does not contain lecithin as the lecithin keeps it from melting)
Preheat the oven to 400. Grease a 20 or 24-cup mini muffin pan (or multiple mini-muffin pans, if you have them!).
Melt the butter and stir in the cocoa powder, espresso powder, and hot water.
In a separate large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Pour the cocoa mixture over the dry ingredients, stirring to mix well.
Beat in the buttermilk, egg, and vanilla.
Pour the batter into each of the muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full. Place several chocolate chips into each muffin cup.
Bake the cakes for 10 minutes, and then remove from the oven and serve immediately. Reheat leftovers in the microwave for a few seconds to melt the middles before serving.