For those of you who love chocolate filled snacks from Domino’s, I’m sure one of your favorite snacks is dominos lava cake. As an extremely yummy dessert, it is a must to enjoy immediately after eating pizza and is enjoyed by all chocolate fans.
Chocolate lava cake is a delicacy that is super light, ultra chocolaty, decadent, and gourmet albeit, surprisingly simple. From one restaurant chain to another, chocolate lava crunch cake has grown to become a huge hit across the country. Aside that, it seems as though almost every chocolate lover has their own version of this extremely pleasing treat.
These cakes are a suitable delight for Valentine’s Day (or any special day), cooking for a date night, fancy dinner parties or a simple family gathering. As a dessert to take after the main course, it is a pleasant round up of the whole meal.
One of the best parts of these cakes is the fact that they are moist and tender around the edges with a molten gooey rich center. The center with its thick lava filling gives a heaven on earth experience to lots of its lovers. Though these lava cakes look fancy and complicated, they should not intimidate you as they are easy to make and can be made ahead of time.
The chocolate lava cake at Domino’s is capable of making one a true chocoholic.
Come to think of it, what could be better than the molten filling of lava cakes?
One thing Domino’s does well is its lava cake. Warm, gooey and oh so full of chocolate, it is something you can easily reproduce at home. Someone once said that Domino’s lava crunch cakes taste like freshly baked Oreo cookies but instead of vanilla cream in the center, you have a very warm, thick, sweet chocolaty syrup. If you’ve ever tasted good, deep fried Oreo before, the soft and warm feel you get from the inside is the same as domino’s lava cakes.
When it comes to pairing options, there are lots of possibilities with these chocolate lava cakes to switch up the flavor profile and plate presentation. One of such is that a tablespoon of espresso powder can be added to the batter for a mocha flavor, or one or two tablespoons of a flavored liqueur such as Grand Mariner or Chambord. These would add a distinct taste to the chocolate treats.
This dominos lava cake recipe is too quick to prepare and easy not to want to make these babies straight away and every single time. As easy as it is, it is also super tasty and impressive. Also, unlike other recipes that abound about lava cake, this copycat dominos lava cake is expressly egg free as that is how Domino’s is.
Many experience difficulty trying to recreate domino’s chocolate lava cake at home. One thing to note is the fact that dominos make their cake in the pizza oven and the secret to the gooey center is that the cake is baked at a very high temperature to solidify and crisp the outside. This adds a crispy touch to the cakes while the chocolate lava center remains all liquid and gooey. Overall, this makes for an elegant pick out of all the dominos desserts available.
As this can be easily recreated for friends or families, make sure to get the credit for the preparation. Don’t let your guests assume you bought them and are passing them off as yours. Take care to ensure you derive pleasure from all the whole preparation of the desserts.
How to Make Domino’s Lava Cake
Below is the copycat recipe outlining the step by step process for the preparation of dominos lava cake. These crunchy cakes take a preparation time of 15 minutes and cook time of 10 minutes making it a total of 25 minutes.
- ½ cup Refined flour plus extra for dusting
- 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup castor sugar
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ cup chopped dark chocolate
- ½ cup butter
- ¾ cup yoghurt
- ½ cup milk
Special equipment: four 6 ounce ramekins (if using it) or muffin moulds/ pans.
- The first thing to do is to preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. While preheating, sieve together the dry ingredients; the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cocoa powder into a small glass bowl.
- Put the butter and dark chocolate in another bowl and melt in a microwave oven for a minute. In the absence of a microwave, a double boiler can be made use of but the microwave remains simpler and faster to use. After microwaving, whisk the chocolate- butter mixture till it is well blended.
- Add the castor sugar to the chocolate mixture and mix thoroughly. Fold in the flour mixture into the chocolate butter goodness.
- Add the milk and yogurt to the mixture and mix until there are no lumps indicating a smooth mixture.
- Pour the resultant mixture into four silicon muffin moulds almost to the top (the silicon moulds would work great as they would make it easier to remove the cakes when baked) or ramekins. In the absence of either of them, you can make use of regular cupcake tins. All you need to do is to grease with butter and dust flour all over tipping out excess. Bake in the preheated oven for seven minutes. Anything more than that and you’re putting the lava setting at risk which ultimately defeats its purpose.
If using ramekins, before pouring in mixture, spray each ramekin with nonstick cooking spray and dust with cocoa powder. This is to ensure the cakes come out of the ramekins seamlessly when inverted unto a plate.
- Immediately when time elapses, remove moulds from the oven and let them cool slightly. Remove the cakes from the moulds with the aid of a spoon or by inverting moulds. Serve them immediately as the residual heat will continue to cook them and set the batter as well.
Some recipes make use of chunks of chocolate in the center but that’s almost cheating as the lava in true lava cake comes from the undercooked batter and that’s what this recipe gives.
As seen, the only thing that you need to be really careful about is the time so don’t be scared of the recipe. Just ensure not to over bake the cake.
Tips to note
So aside the baking time, how do you really know when the lava cakes are ready? Well, the signs are easy to know. First of all, the edges of the cakes become firm while the center is jiggly. Another way to know is if you stick a toothpick in the cake a half inch from the edge, it will come out clean. Lastly, for some of the cakes, they start to rise above the pan with sharp edges protruding.
In all, as time goes on with constant practice, you will become familiar with knowing when the cakes are ready to drop but for starters, stick to the stipulated time of seven minutes.
Can chocolate lava cake be refrigerated for later use?
Well if you need less than the amount gotten from the recipe, you can bake as many as you need and return the batter to the fridge for later. This batter can be refrigerated for 2 or 3 days and your dominos molten lava cake can be prepared at a moment’s notice. Know also that baked lava cakes can be kept frozen for 3 months.
Allow them to cool completely before freezing though. Reheat in the microwave. If you ever wonder if it’s possible to eat cold molten lava cake, know this isn’t the whole idea behind the cakes. The idea is to have a warm cake with a center that is between warm to hot. A cake at room temperature or worse, a cold cake just won’t do.
As is seen in many restaurants, the cakes are pre-baked and then put into the microwave or hot oven to warm them before serving. So this should serve as a standard when you set out to make these at home.
The dominos lava cake ingredients if used accordingly with yield a cake that tastes like none other than dominos’. However, if you want to experiment some more being that this is the first time you’re making them, you can add some ingredients like eggs and coffee, in different amounts. You can also add others like xanthan gum and GMS. Xanthan gum thickens the cake and gives it a stickiness that would otherwise be gotten from gluten while GMS adds “body” to the cake.
Also, make sure you use high quality chocolate, not chocolate chips. You won’t get much “lava” with chocolate chips. I suggest you use high quality chocolate baking bars found in the baking isle in stores. These include Baker’s, Ghirardelli, Nestle, or Lindt. and all are typically found sold in 4 ounce bars.
Serving Options for Chocolate Lava Cake
The most popular serving that goes with chocolate lava cake and is the trademark of dominos is powdered sugar. The cakes can also be paired with fresh raspberries or strawberries, not just adding additional taste, but giving your plate a good presentation. Other options are fresh mint, a scoop of ice cream, whipped cream, or whatever you so desire.
There are a lot of sweet delicacies that go with chocolate lava cake, aside the ones above. The cake can be garnished with chopped roasted almond and topped with icing sugar with the help of a sieve over the cake.
If you are adventurous and would love to try out options different from domino’s lava cake, melted marshmallows can be introduced to the center of the cakes and sprinkled with powdered or icing sugar.
Calories in Domino’s lava cake
If you’re passionate about your health and the number of calories present in right about any meal you set out to devour, then I’m sure you would love to know domino’s lava cake calories. In one cake serving of Domino’s pizza chocolate lava crunch cake, there are about 350 calories.
It’s not so much, right?
Well, this is derived from the different constituents of the cake. One cake weighs about 85 grams and the calories gotten from fat gives a calorific figure of 150. There are nutrients present in the cake including fat (saturated fat with no trans fat), cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrate (dietary fiber and sugars) and protein.
Aside calories and numbers, nowadays, many people are going gluten free to improve their health. If you happen to be in this category, just because you are avoiding gluten doesn’t mean you should avoid taste. All you need to do to the dominos lava cake recipe is to remove the refined flour and use all purpose gluten free flour.
Xanthan gum needs to be added if your flour doesn’t contain it already and every other thing pretty much remains the same. After preparation, you can serve warm with vanilla bean ice cream.
In conclusion, these directions on how to prepare domino’s lava cake should not be so difficult to implement. From the domino’s lava cake ingredients to what it is served with, domino’s lava cake recipe never looked so easier.
So what are you waiting for? If you have a party coming up soon or you want to surprise your family with a new treat, bring out your baking pan and set out to bake. Baking never got so easier, most especially with lava cakes.
Make this your dessert option, prepare it right in your kitchen and enjoy the treat. Make sure not to get too addicted to it though. Seeing that it is decadent, we don’t wanna have an issue at hand.