Molten Lava Bourbon Cakes

by doughmesstic on October 25, 2010

in 1Featured Cakes and Cheesecakes, cake, chocolate, desserts, Jim Beam, tailgating


Is there a restaurant in America that doesn’t serve Molten Lava Cake as a dessert these days?  It seems everywhere you turn, it’s on the menu.  And for good reason!  They are absolutely delicious.   

But they aren’t cheap.  Oftentimes, you’ll be paying $7.99 for the privilege of consuming this ooey gooey masterpiece.  Stop doing that!  You can make 6 of them at home, in less than half an hour, for less than 1 at a restaurant.  Plus, it will taste better, and you’ll be the HIT of your kitchen.  Warning: make these for company and they may continue to come back, uninvited.  Or,  they may think you are made of magic and glitter.  Which I guess isn’t all that bad.

To make mine a little different and ready for a great tailgate, I added Jim Beam in with the vanilla.  It adds a subtle richness – a “hmmm, what’s that secret ingredient?” type of taste.  If you don’t have a way to reheat these at your tailgate (you could actually place them on a small pan and reheat them on your grill), they are still excellent as is!  In fact, Seven and I ate them straight from the fridge this morning for breakfast…just don’t tell his Dad.  However, they are at their absolute best if served just out of the oven, covered in a big scoop of ice cream.  Dig in!

Molten Lava Bourbon Cakes

makes 6 cakes

  • 8 Tablespoons Salted Butter
  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 4 ounces Semisweet Chocolate (I used Scharffen Berger 62% Baking Chips)
  • 4 ounces Bittersweet Chocolate (I used Scharffen Berger 70% Baking Chips)
  • 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 2/3 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 3 large eggs plus 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 Vanilla Bean, scraped
  • 1 teaspoon Jim Beam Kentucky Bourbon

Preheat oven to 425.  Spray the cups of a large Muffin Tin.  I used Silicone, but any pan will do.  You can also use individual ramekins, if you desire.  If making more than 6 (meaning, smaller cakes) be sure to adjust the baking time.

Melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave, 45 seconds at first, then stir.  Continue to cook in 30 second increments, until chocolate and butter are smooth.  Add in flour and sugar, stir.  Stir in eggs.  Finally, add in vanilla and bourbon and stir until smooth.

Pour into prepared baking cups.  Bake for 10 minutes, until outside edges are set but middle is still a little shaky, as the cakes will continue to cook a bit out of the oven. Remove from baking pan after 5 minutes.

Add ice cream and enjoy!

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Maria October 25, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Looks so good!


Jenny Flake October 25, 2010 at 1:48 pm

This is so beautiful….I could munch this right now for breakfast! :)


maggy@threemanycooks October 25, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Who doesn’t love a molten chocolate cake? And the bourbon just sends it over the top. LOVE IT!


Nutmeg Nanny October 25, 2010 at 7:08 pm

These look great! I love the little touch of Jim Beam…yum!


Michelle October 25, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Love Molten Cakes and can only imagine how good they would be with a tad of bourbon!


Tracy October 25, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Mmm, chocolate-y perfection!


Kristin October 26, 2010 at 12:03 am

OH.MY.GOD…that looks absolutely. unbelievably delicious.


Joyti October 26, 2010 at 6:30 am

One of my reasons for baking constantly is to have snacks around, and not pay for poor quality over priced things to eat.
Molten lava cakes and tiramisu seem to be EVERYWHERE. Your molten lava cake looks really really delicious – properly gooey, I bet better than the average version.


Madeline October 26, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Oh, goodness gracious I need some of that! That’s on my list of desserts to make!

Thank you for sharing!


Cookin' Canuck October 26, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I love making lava cakes at home. You’re right – they are so simple, yet so impressive.


Jen @ How To: Simplify October 26, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Oh my goodness…my husband would love this! I’ll have to make it for him one of these days!


marla {family fresh cooking} October 26, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Adding Jim Beam makes these molten chocolate cakes crazy great! Love that we don’t need to go to a restaurant to get them :)


Rachel - A Southern Fairytale February 12, 2011 at 8:14 pm

I love the idea of the Jim Beam! YUMMM


Kayla @ Fitter Than Choc February 20, 2011 at 6:33 am

These lava cakes look perfect! I had molten lava cake in a restaurant once, and it was wonderful. I think it must taste even better with Jim Beam. I always thought they will be hard to make, but yours actually look so good!


Katie March 1, 2011 at 10:51 am

These look so yummy!!


Allyson March 1, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Molten lava cakes are my favorite dessert and these look DELICIOUS! Even thought it is almost 10:30 at night, I’m about to go in my kitchen and make a batch because these pictures look soooo good!


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