02 April 2014

Choco Lava

When I first bought my oven, an Imarflex 3-in-1 electric oven-turbo broiler-rotisserie kind, I was on baking high. I baked the basics: chocolate chip cookies, chocolate crinkles and banana bread. Those were the easiest to bake. When I have mustered enough courage to face my measuring cups and whisk,  I tried baking classic chocolate cake and cupcakes for my husband's birthday small party here at home. It was okay and edible but not fab. I thought I'm not gonna be good in baking anymore. I just resorted to making pizzas and baked pasta dishes so that my oven will serve its purpose. One day, while browsing Facebook, I saw Junior Master Chef Louise's post: a photo of a drool-worthy choco lava! I scanned the ingredients and got excited that I have most of it in my kitchen. I don't have Nutella and white sugar though but I have Nesquik chocolate syrup and powdered sugar! I baked again and let the whole house steamed like a dry sauna room and that even if I'm beginning to miss the cool air of January because of the summer heat, I didn't care. My hormones were telling me to patiently wait for this fattening friend. OK, enough of the ramblings. Ready for the recipe?


-1/2 cup melted butter (don't prolong the agony: microwave it, babe)
-1 cup sugar (white, brown or powdered; I think whatever will do)
-2 medium eggs
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I added more, I love vanilla!)
-1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
-1/2 cup all-purpose flour
-1/2 teaspoon iodized salt 
-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
-3 Tbsp Nesquik chocolate syrup or 2 Tbsp Nutella


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 

2. Grease your baking tins (whatever size). I made 4 3-inch choco lava mini cakes plus one 8-inch round cake.

3. In a mixing bowl, beat melted butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract.

4. In a separate bowl, strain the dry ingredients: flour, cocoa and baking powder. Add salt. 

5. Combine the butter mixture to the dry ingredients and beat in Nesquik syrup or Nutella until well-incorporated.

6. Pour batter into greased tins and pan. It won't actually rise that much so you have the option to fill 2/3 of the tins.

7. Bake it for 10 minutes or less. Make sure not to overbake it as it could "kill the joy" of having a molten chocolate in the middle. 

8. Once it cooled off a bit, transfer into plate and dust some powdered sugar. How to dust? Use a strainer! 

9. Don't feel guilty to eat it right away 'cause it's best served warm. Just drink lots of water after and don't forget to share. ;)

For more of my recipes, click here. Happy cooking! 

*Recipe adapted from Junior Master Chef Louise Mabulo


  1. This looks so rich! I bake my own cake,brownies and cookies. I've never heard of this but I might try one of these days. Thank you for sharing this.

    1. It's so chocolatey! Yes please, try it. Ang sarap! :)

  2. Yummy! Must try this weekend! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Wow, that looks so moist and scrumptious (and you make it sound so easy to make, too)! Kind of makes me glad I'm not your neighbor-- I've a feeling you'll constantly encourage me to give in to my sugar cravings just from the scent of your baked goods wafting through the windows :p

    1. Naku, TL! I'll ask for "payment" -- braid my hair. Haha! ;)

  4. Thanks for sharing this recipe muther! :) Dahil nainggit ako sa mga baking posts mo sa IG, I borrowed my mom's Imarflex electric oven (older model nga lang. hehe) para matry ko din. Maiba naman ang pagkain dito sa balur. First thing I baked a few days ago was choco crinkles - in fairness, edible! Takot din talaga ako magbake kasi sabi nga exact science daw sya. E laging akong epic fail sa mga ganyan. Pero in fairness, ang sarap pala ng feeling after ano? :) Definitely going to try this recipe soon. Salamat ulit!

    1. You're welcome, Tin! It's so easy. If you want the chocolate inside to be more of goo-like, lessen the baking time. Enjoy baking! :)

  5. I knew I shouldn't have looked at that Choco Lava too long! Now I'm craving!!! Thanks for sharing. :)

  6. Oh my! It looks so delicious! How I wish matuto rin ako magbake at magluto ng iba't ibang dishes just like you. But for now, hanggang tingin muna ako. Hihihi!

  7. oh, it looks so yummy! maganda ba yang imarflex na 3 in 1? starting palang ako mag aral mag bake kaya natutuwa ako pag may mga nakikita akong easy recipe. i was planning to buy sana ng oven pero di ganun kumakain ng space since maliit lang din space namin.

    At dahil dyan nag crave tuloy ako sa chocolate cake, hehe! =)