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  • Writer's pictureEmily Yeo

Molten Chocolate Matcha Lava Cake

Remember back in the 90’s when chocolate lava cake was everything?? How could it not have been, and how could it not still be? I mean, what is better than an individual chocolate cake, so light it practically sighs when you put your fork into it? Spilling out a warm liquid center, so deep, dark, and chocolate-y?? It’s just so decadent. Sinful. Naughty. Sexy.

Is there one dessert that you will always order if it’s on a menu? For me, it’s always molten chocolate cakes (especially if there’s a scoop of vanilla ice cream involved). After having them once in a restaurant when I was younger, I became hell bent on finding a recipe to make them at home. Mmm.. vegan chocolate lava cake. It’s gooey, melty, full of rich dark chocolate, and usually the crown jewel of any dessert menu. I mean, who doesn’t want to take a giant spoonful of a cake that oozes delicious melty chocolate?

However, this time I used matcha green tea to create delicate cakes with a molten lava center. It’s an easy dessert to make for a dinner party or date night. Its base consists of dark chocolate but the bitterness of the matcha neutralised the sweetness of the chocolate perfectly. I used my precious matcha powder from Japan for this, and I’m so glad I did!

I prepared my camera and photo-taking props while the cake was in the oven. Then, I patiently waited another ten minutes for it to cool down before gently unmolding. Finally, the moment of truth. With a spoon, I anxiously sliced down the middle of the cake. My face spread into a victorious smile when the molten lava flowed out. After snapping a gazillion pictures, I proceeded to mount a giant scoop of Azuki bean ice cream on top of the warm cake. Sadly, no pictures of that; but I’m sure you can imagine the harmony of warm, gooey and overflowing matcha lava mixed with the cold and creamy ice cream. It was a marriage of flavours. Simply divine.

What do they taste like? Warm, fudgy, chocolaty, matcha-y, rich, cakey on the outside, super moist in the middle, perfect with coconut whipped cream or ice cream and begging to be shared with a friend or significant other. Choose your favourite adjective; I think they all describe these molten chocolate lava matcha cake so perfectly! And the best part is, they couldn’t be easier to make! Just a few simple ingredients, stirred together, poured into ramekins, and baked. You can make this recipe in less than a half hour, with stuff you probably already have in your pantry. Quick and easy for a weeknight, yet fancy enough to make a big impression!


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