Chocolate Nutella Molten Lava Cake

horns blowing* Happy World NUTELLA Day *streamers flying* !!! You know I am supah excited about an entire day dedicated to one of my most favorite things evah! NUTELLA! A big thank you to our hostesses: Sara from Ms. Adventures in Italy and Michelle from Bleeding Espresso.

And to celebrate this oh so special day I naturally wanted to come up with a special, over-the-top recipe & what better way to celebrate than with a CAKE? Not just any cake, oh no, it had to be one worthy of my longtime love… Nutella!

So I sat down & was spooning Nutella into my mouth waiting for inspiration to strike & it did (I’m not telling how much Nutella I consumed to get to that epiphany, that’s between me & my love LOL)! Evviva! Well, after many options (I’ll get to the others eventually. As you know by now I’m on a quest to come up with 101 Nutella recipes) I settled on *da da da* CHOCOLATE NUTELLA MOLTEN LAVA CAKE *swoon* !

WARNING! This is not for the faint of heart! It’s an insanely DECADENT cake! I’m talking sugar coma levels of decadent, so I suggest you share one with your sweetie! I know you won’t want to share, but go ahead & trust me on this one (they’ll certainly thank you) Speaking of sweeties, this would be an AH-MAZING VALENTINE dessert! It’s pretty sexy if I say so myself. Look at it just sitting there all pretty & then with one touch of the fork, all of the warm, gooey, luscious Nutella chocolate middle just seeps out… *drool* Told you it was pretty sexy!

It’s the best of all worlds. You have your cake on the outside & then a luscious creamy warm pudding like center! The chopped hazelnuts lend a bit of texture & tie in nicely with the Nutella & then the strawberries, ah those beautiful little berries, they’re there to help you dip into that creamy middle…. I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about this dessert! Where’s my fork? LOL

A few things to remember: please GENEROUSLY grease your ramekins, don’t be shy with this people, you want those babies to slide right out. If they stick your cakes will fall apart & you’ll have a plate of goo. It will be a tasty mound of goo, but not the presentation you’re going for! If you don’t have ramekins you can use Pyrex custard cups. Keep an eye on these while there in the oven. You’re looking for cooked outside & soft insides (soft does not mean jiggly) If it jiggles it needs to cook longer. But a minute can make or break you so start checking them for doneness at 10 mins & then every min after. I know it’s high maintenance, but in this case, it’s worth it ;)

If would also be lovely with some ice cream or even some fresh whipped cream! Go ahead & get crazy!

Baci!


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Chocolate Nutella Molten Lava Cake
What you’ll need:

11 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 ounces of bittersweet Chocolate Chips (I used Ghiardelli)
3 whole eggs + 3 additional egg yolks
1/4 cup sugar + 2 additional tablespoons
6 tablespoons all purpose flour
4 tablespoons Nutella
1/4 cup chopped Hazelnuts
Strawberries


What to do:

1. Place your butter & chocolate chips into a double boiler and allow to melt completely over the steaming water. Stir frequently.

2. WHILE the chocolate butter is melting. Place eggs and sugar into the bowl of your mixer. With the whisk attachment mix on medium-high speed until they become light & thick (about 8-9 mins). When light & thick add the flour & mix together.

3. SLOWLY & GRADUALLY pour the chocolate/butter mixture into the egg mixture. Mixing on low until well combined & develops a glossy sheen (about 5-6 mins).

4. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. WHILE the mixture is finishing it’s final mixing (turning glossy) GENEROUSLY spray 4 small ramekins with cooking spray. When the batter is finished it’s time to assemble:

5. Place sprayed ramekins onto a cooking tray. Ladle batter HALFWAY up the side of each ramekin. Then, spoon 1 tbsp of Nutella into each ramekin. Finish ladling remainder of batter into each ramekin (do not overfill). Bake ramekins for 1o-14 mins until outside is solid and top appears to be soft (but NOT jiggly)

6. WHILE cakes are cooking, chop your walnuts & cut your strawberries. When cakes are ready CAREFULLY remove them from oven, place a plate on top of each one and quickly invert it. With a kitchen towel remove the ramekin, cake should fall right out. Garnish with nuts & strawberries. Serve immediately!

Buon Appetito!

49 Comments

  1. 1

    How wonderful is that?! I think I would just about die in happiness if I were to eat that… mmm

  2. 2

    Mmmmmm…you are my hero. I’m so making these for V-day!

  3. 3

    Oh my gosh! Thanks for directing me over to your blog for this incredible Nutella Lava cake… just amazing! I love all of your recipes! Roz

  4. 4

    PS….let’s keep in touch when we can, I promise to be a better bloggin’ and tweetin’ friend now that I’ve cleaned some ‘stuff’ out of my life that were taking up WAY too much precious time away from my passions and wonderful friends! Ciao bella! Roz

  5. 5

    Ok I’ve died and gone to heaven!!! You’ve done it again, you are the NUTELLA queen. This is just over the top but you know that, you created them!

  6. 6

    Drool… doesn’t work into my #10in10 plan lol, but it’s nice to look at ;)

  7. 7

    … oh man. That’s just brutal, I love it.

  8. 8

    Bell’Amica, that is exquisite! Brava!!!!

  9. 9

    hi! happy Nutella day to you!
    your Nutella lava cake looks mouthwateringly good!
    will make a mental note to self to try it some day :D

  10. 10

    MMMM! LOVE molten cakes and with nutella – :-D

  11. 11
    Paola /

    Oh my gosh Paula! That’s so amazing… deve essere squisito!
    Great idea for a weekend dessert :)

  12. 12

    Look absolutely to DIE for!!!!!

  13. 13
    lisa Bailey /

    oh my that sounds too wonderful not to try. however, since i’ve become obsessed with the Nutella Frappe I will have to go buy MORE Nutella.

  14. 14

    That looks beautiful! Perfectly oozing in the middle…may have to grab that jar of Nutella in the pantry and get to baking! : )

  15. 15

    My hubbys favorite dessert is the molten chocolate cake. Bet he would love this version!

  16. 16

    Oh. My. Goodness. Off to buy Nutella!

  17. 18

    I’ve looked at this about a dozen times in the last hour, wishing that it would miraculously appear on my desk. :-)

  18. 20

    Did I hear right- Choc Nutella Molten Lava Cake wow! Even saying it I feel decadent! I love the way it collapses, this recipe is pure genius! Happy Nutella Day!

  19. 21

    wow this is TOO GOOD!

  20. 22

    Wowwwww! Your cakes looks absolutely stunning!!!! Brava! :)

  21. 23
  22. 24

    OMG! This is unreal! I have 13 cavities just looking at this :) Looks fab.

  23. 25

    Paula you are a Nutella genius! I want this cake in my mouth ASAP.

  24. 26

    GORGEOUS, Paula! I would kill to have one of those right now!! :)

  25. 27
    Paula J /

    A tip for getting the cakes out of the ramekins/custard cups–after you spray the cups, coat them with sugar. (similar to typical grease and flour pan prep methold) I got this from one my favorite lemon mini cake recipe–cakes will pop right out…you could even try cocoa powder if you wanted on the chocolate cakes, but I’ve never done that so can’t guarantee it will work. VIVA NUTELLA!

  26. 28

    That looks like a dream come true!

  27. 29

    Oooh, wow, that is sexy! Your lava cakes are unbelievably stunning, excellent job!
    *wipes drool off screen*.

  28. 30

    oh I think I just died and went to heaven. Loving this pudding. It’s beautiful and I just must have that molten centre! :) Happy Nutella Day

  29. 31

    I can’t think of anything better than Nutella oozing out of a chocolate cake! I like the added touch of the crunch hazelnuts on top.

  30. 32
    ann /

    Looks deevine! Nutella forever!

  31. 33

    That oozing chocolate is amazing!

  32. 34

    This is just plain sinful! that’s all there is to it. YUM!

  33. 35

    Nutella + chocolate lava cake has to be a killer dessert! I looooove that hazelnut and chocolate combo, I could so eat one of these by myself. What can I say – I can take a lot of sugar! ;)

  34. 36

    Using nutella for molten cakes sounds excellent! Can’t wait to try it.

  35. 37

    Wow… What a great idea! Molten cakes are usually too rich for me, but my hubby likes them. I will save this recipe for him!

  36. 38

    Woooowwww looks fantastic.Very beautiful pics….loved it:)

  37. 39

    What a lovely blog…and these are so perfect for valentines day or all year round…..perfecto…

    The nutella truffle link aint working …will try again….

    And love ur pics so muc too…have to take a walk rite away thru ur lovely blog and check for all the eliciousness…..

    LOVE IS V MUC IN THE AIR ,SO IS ROMANCE….@ 365

  38. 40

    Can I come over and have one of these? I’m sooo in the mood for one of these now…they look skeeerumptious!

  39. 41

    I am a sucker for Nutella, and for chocolate! so this has got to be the best dessert for me! love how gooey it is!!:)

    this would be perfect for the Valentine day giveaway I’m hosting on my blog. would be great if you could participate!

    http://www.funandfoodcafe.com/2010/02/valentine-super-bowl-recipe-carnival.html

  40. 42
    Tonya /

    Decadent does not even come close!! The flavor is overwhelming. Absolutely marvelous!

    Thanks so much!!

  41. 43

    Holy *#%)(Q*&W)

    You’re amazing.

  42. 44

    Gorgeous! Your recipes have always been such an inspiration!

  43. 45
    Liesel /

    These are really delicious! I made them this weekend for a Valentine’s Day dinner party we hosted and there were rave reviews. I made them about six-eight hours before I served them and they were still soft in the center. Yum yum yummy! Thank you!

  44. 46

    These look amazing, Paula! Thanks so much for contributing the recipe :)

  45. 47
    Maria /

    I used enough spray and they came out easily but the nutella was stuck on the bottom of the pan. I had to pick it up with a spoon and pour it over the cakes. The nutellas also seemed overcooked, almost burnt. Any idea why this happened? How can I prevent this from happening? Thank you! :-)

  46. 48
    rosemary /

    Wow you people have been enjoying this for a couple of years now!
    I’m just getting to it now!!
    Can anyone tell me what size ramekins and how many for this recipe please? I’ve been googling my heart out and have yet to find the answer! Hopefully people are still drooling over this post and may have an answer soon
    thanks!

  47. 49
    Nadia /

    THANKYOU SO MUCH FOR THIS RECIPE!!! This was chocolate heaven, every spoonful into my mouth was a decadent delicious mouthwatering bite, i just can’t believe i made this, AND IT WAS SO EASY!!! Not going to lie, i do feel like i had a bit of a sugar overdose but WELL WORTH IT!!

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