Flourless mini lava cakes ~ Secret Recipe Club

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I’ve got some more exciting news!! I’ve been accepted into a secret club. It’s really the coolest thing, and when I first heard about it last Spring I just knew I wanted to be a part of it. This is my first month participating in the Secret Recipe Club, but I’ll be joining in once a month from now on. When I give you the details, you’ll definitely understand why this would be the coolest thing ever for a food blogger! Every month we receive our assignment….we are assigned another food blog to pour over and pick a recipe from. We cook, photograph and share with you guys. Meanwhile someone is assigned my blog, in which they select and cook a recipe from.

On a select Monday (we are divided into 4 groups because there are so many food bloggers taking part in this neat project), we have reveal day. At the same time all the blogs involved that Monday publish their posts revealing which blog they were assigned, and share the recipe they’ve chosen to make. See….isn’t that the coolest thing ever?? You can see why I’d want to do it right? I mean what could be better than be assigned to READ a food blog. That gives me permission to read every single post if I want. Were you aware that my love of reading food blogs was one of the main reasons I wanted to start my own? I just had to be a part of all the foodie action online given my love of all things food and cooking.

This month I was assigned the blog That Skinny Chick Can Bake!!! First off…what a neat name. I knew I was in for a treat. I had such a hard time trying to decide which recipe to choose. As you can probably guess from the title, Lizzy’s blog is filled with decadent desserts. If you need something special to wow someone, this is the place to go. Most of her recipes also seem simple, but have a huge wow factor. And she has a way of explaining things so it sounds very easy and doable.

But if you think she only blogs desserts, you’d be wrong. Since she has to cook for her family, she also has delicious meal ideas and recipes sprinkled throughout her blog. I was bound and determined to pick something healthy to share with you guys since I know I’ve been a bit dessert heavy lately, but my daughters were hanging around behind me oohing and ahhing over all the goodies on her blog. I hadn’t made a treat for them since the sopapillas a couple weeks ago, so they were really hoping I’d pick something sweet. Pair that with the fact that I haven’t had chocolate in about a week (I’m trying so hard to be good!!), and that these mini lava cakes jumped off the page at me.

If we are going to be naughty, why not choose something portion controlled right? No sense selecting something that would be hanging out here all week calling to me! See? I’m really trying hard here. And I know we all love chocolate. So what’s not to love about chocolate, portion control, easy but with “wow” factor….and I made them flourless for you guys (gluten-free) Cool right? Are we still friends?

After you bookmark this easy recipe, or print it out because my printable recipes work again (yay!!), don’t forget to head over to Lizzy’s blog and check it out yourself. These individual raspberry souffles look amazing too, and you’ll see that her dog makes a regular appearance in her pictures! Also make sure to visit the other bloggers participating in today’s recipe reveal….all their posts are linked up at the bottom of this post.

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Flourless mini lava cakes ~ Secret Recipe Club
Recipe type: Dessert, Gluten-free
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Serves: 4
This flourless chocolate dessert just melts in your mouth! It's quick, easy and gluten-free!
  • 1 stick butter
  • 4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Butter 4 ramekins (6 to 8 oz. in size)
  3. In a saucepan, melt butter and chocolate over low heat stirring constantly. Then stir in sugar and remove pan from heat.
  4. In mixer, beat 2 whole eggs and an additional 2 egg yolks. Add vanilla and continue mixing.
  5. Very slowly add chocolate mixture into eggs going slow enough to make sure you don't cook the eggs.
  6. Once everything is incorporated well, pour chocolate mixture into all 4 ramekins. Place ramekins on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes and then place on cooling rack.
  7. Cake continues to cook in ramekins so if you want to be sure to have a liquid center you might want to pull out a minute early. It really all depends on your desired doneness. I've had them both ways. If it cooks a tad too long and you have a set center...they are still very good and are more like a chocolate mousse cake or souffle. You really can't mess these up!! Enjoy!!
  8. Serve with homemade whipped cream or fresh berries.

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27 Responses to Flourless mini lava cakes ~ Secret Recipe Club

  1. Liz says:

    Oh, Denise! I’m so happy you got my blog! And thank you SO much for the sweet introduction. Your lava cakes look marvelous…I’m delighted that you and your family splurged on a decadent treat 🙂 xo

  2. Beth says:

    Lizzy’s blog is terrific! I don’t know how I would have chosen just one recipe from her collection!

  3. KC Quaretti says:

    Wonderful choice of desserts and I love, love, love the write up!

  4. Trisha says:

    These are like being in gooey chocolate heaven. Welcome to SRC, hope u’r having fun!

  5. Melissa says:

    I’ve never made anything flourless, but I think I’m going to have to now! These look fabulous!

  6. Fantastic. I’ve been using a similar recipe (this was is terrific though) for years and noone has ever been disappointed.

  7. Eliot says:

    I love Lizzy’s site. She has such great posts. This dessert looks amazing. Great pick and post for SRC!

  8. I love Liz’s blog! This is such a great recipe of hers. I really want to eat this for lunch right now!

  9. Rhonda says:

    Welcome to SRC, this is my second month and I love it! You can’t ever go wrong choosing chocolate!

  10. This looks SO good. I am going to make this for dessert one night this week. Great SRC post!!

  11. OHHHH chocolate lava cake. Yum! What a great SRC recipe. Thanks for sharing with us.
    veronica gantley recently posted..Brownies and Secret Recipe Club

  12. Kita says:

    How lucky to have Liz’s site!! I have been dying to try these little flourless desserts myself – your’s look like they turned out wonderfully.

  13. Shelby says:

    I have not yet made a lava cake but it seems so easy I really should just do it! Looks yummy.

  14. Georgie says:

    I could eat two of these, maybe even three.

  15. Katrina says:

    One of my favorite splurges–molten lava cakes! Great pick. I’m off to go check out Liz’ blog.

  16. ButterYum says:

    Yummiola! I love Lizzy’s blog – so glad you got her this time.


  17. love lava cakes! looks really really good!
    Glad to be in Group C with you!!

  18. Ann says:

    Looks delish…I’m a fan of the Secret Recipe Club! (thanks for stumbling this one – that’s where I got it)

  19. marla says:

    Pure chocolate bliss! Awesome to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. Here is my post from group C – http://su.pr/2rtACr

  20. Tamar says:

    I have a similar recipe I found online for small microwave cakes you heat up in a mug. Keeps it simple.

  21. Betty says:

    Having to choose a recipe, cook one, and make a blog about it is a very exciting activity Denise. I get it why you chose this one and I like it a lot. I agree that everyone loves chocolates and this is a dessert that everyone will love.
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  22. bunkycooks says:

    Pure chocolate decadence. These are one of my favorite desserts. 🙂
    bunkycooks recently posted..Culinary Class with Chef Colin Bedford at Fearrington House Inn – Corn Soup with Seared Scallops

  23. Shelby says:

    Yum, chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate! I love that these but have not attempted to make it yet.
    Shelby recently posted..Chocolate Cupcakes with Almond Cream Cheese Frosting

  24. Christina Malone says:

    Glad to be in Group C with you!! I could eat two of these, maybe even three.
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  26. Rebecca L says:

    LOVED these when I tried them, but found that the 10 minute baking time was not nearly enough. My cakes were still completely liquid at 10 minutes. I ended up having to bake them another 10-20 minutes for doneness (they had cooled completely by the time I realized this, so had to re-warm.)

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