We all know that when it comes to desserts, it doesn’t get more delicious or indulgent than a chocolate lava cake. One of life’s great culinary pleasures is sliding a fork into a freshly-baked treat and watching that chocolate just ooze out onto the plate. How in the world could we ever make it better? By making the “lava” out of peanut butter. That’s right. Today, we’re making Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cake— and your dessert life is never going to be the same. Just watch.

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Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

You’ll Need
– 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
– ½ cup unsalted butter
– ¼ cup all-purpose flour
– ½ cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for dusting
– ⅛ teaspoon Kosher salt
– 2 eggs
– 2 egg yolks
– 8 teaspoons creamy peanut butter
– Cocoa powder

How To

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (218 degrees Celsius). Grease 4 6-ounce ramekins with butter and dust insides with cocoa powder. Gently tap the ramekins to remove any excess cocoa powder.
  2. Place the chocolate chips and butter in a medium bowl. Microwave on high in 10 second increments, stirring after each one, until melted and smooth. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, confectioners’ sugar and salt.
  4. In another small bowl, whisk together the eggs and egg yolks until just combined.
  5. Add the flour and egg mixtures to the bowl with the melted chocolate, and mix until no lumps remain. The batter will be slightly thick.
  6. Pour roughly half the batter evenly into the four prepared ramekins. Place 2 teaspoons of peanut butter into the center of each ramekin. Top evenly with the remaining batter.
  7. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and bake for 13 to 14 minutes, until the edges appear to be solid and firm. The top should look slightly soft.
  8. Allow to cool slightly, then cover with an inverted plate and turn over. Remove ramekins with a towel or oven mitt. Dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve immediately.

How incredibly decadent do these cakes look? What do you think of them? Have you ever made chocolate lava cake with a peanut butter center before?

Recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction