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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Butterscotch Molten Lava Cakes



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is a lovely dessert. It's easy, delicious and different enough to be interesting. While the cakes are patterned after the perennially popular lava cakes, their true parent is a wonderful dessert developed by Anna Ginsberg. Anna called her dessert Extreme Peanut Butter Molten Lava Cake. Her recipe and photographed instructions can be found here. I've altered it slightly and while my version contains peanut butter, its predominant flavor is butterscotch. When perfectly executed, the center of the cakes will look like caramel and run like a slowly moving lava flow. If the cakes are over-baked they will be moist and have wonderful flavor, but they won't run and there's not much point in making lava-free lava cakes. You'll notice that the recipe calls for an egg substitute. While it may be overkill, these cakes don't bake long enough to destroy any salmonella that might be lurking in your eggs. Raw eggs can, of course, be used but not if you're feeding the very young, the very old or someone with a compromised immune system. These should be baked just before you plan to serve them. They are lovely with a bit of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. I know those of you who try the butterscotch mounds will love them. They are perfectly sized and are a wonderful way to end a meal. Here's the recipe.

Butterscotch Molten Lava Cakes...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Anna Ginsberg

Ingredients:
8 tablespoons room temperature butter, cut into tablespoon-size pieces
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
8 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided use
7 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup butterscotch flavored chips
2/3 cup egg substitute or lightly beaten shelled eggs
1/3 cup lightly spooned cake or all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
6 small scoops vanilla ice cream
Optional garnish: 6 mint sprigs

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Rub insides of 6 jumbo (1-cup) muffin cups thoroughly with butter. Reserve remaining 7 tablespoons butter.
2) Mix cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of sugar in a small bowl. Sprinkle cinnamon-sugar evenly into buttered muffin tins and shake back and forth, tilting slightly, so that sugar coats bottom and sides. Turn pan upside down and shake off excess cinnamon-sugar.
3) Stir together peanut butter, butterscotch chips and reserved 7 tablespoons butter in a microwave-safe mixing bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 1 minute to melt; stir until smooth and creamy.
4) Combine reserved 6 tablespoons of sugar and egg in a separate bowl. Stir, do not beat, egg mixture into butterscotch mixture. Add flour and stir until smooth. Using a 1/3 cup measuring cup, scoop batter into sugared muffin cups.
5) Bake for 7-9 minutes or until tops appear just-set. Do not overcook. Some lava may peak through the top – this is okay. Remove from oven.
6) Hold a flat cookie sheet firmly over muffin pan and grasping both cookie sheet and muffin pan, invert muffin pan so that cakes come out on tray. Sift confectioners’ lightly over lava cakes. Carefully transfer each lava cake to a dessert plate. Place a scoop of ice cream and a sprig of mint on each plate. Serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings.

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92 comments:

yummychunklet said...

Love the oozing butterscotch! Yum!

Catherine said...

Wow Mary these cakes look wonderful..You are so talented..everything you make looks great! Blessings, Catherine xox

Southerncook said...

Oh my, these cakes look absolutely divine. I love butterscotch and this I will make very soon.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Delicious cake and oozing butterscotch makes me drool...

Kay Heritage said...

Goodness, gracious, Mary! How beautiful is that??

Ritkiss said...

These look amazing! Can't wait to try them.

Martha said...

Thanks for sharing, I've always wanted to try making lava cakes. Now I have a great recipe to follow! :)

Reva said...

Yum,Yum... such an irrestible wonderful dessert..
Reva

Betsy said...

Mary, These look so unusual, and delicious. I've made and eaten many versions of molten chocolate cakes, but never butterscotch or peanut butter. Can't wait to try these.
Thanks for your kind comments about my blog. You made my day!

Alessandra said...

I like the name lava cake!

Interesting what you say about eggs, we are so used to eat raw eggs, young and old alike (people,not eggs!), I think that choosing local free range is the best bet against salmonella.

The problem today is that people take cheap eggs for granted, and eat too many. Eggs should be eaten in moderation, and considered like a precious food. Battery eggs should be avoided altogether, yet there are people who eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner, either by themselves or "hidden" in other dishes/food.

Sorry Mary... went on a bit here, when I start I cannot stop talking!!!!

Have a good Sunday

ciao
A.

Pam said...

Oh my goodness! I want these now!

Jean said...

wow wow wow. i'm totally bought over by the oozing lava cakes mary!

sally said...

Wow! This looks wonderful! Nothing could be better than that oozing butterscotch!

Farmer Jo said...

Oh these look so dangerously delicious! My oh my!

Karen Harris said...

Developed by Anna and endorsed by you, enough said, they must be delicious!

Victor said...

I always thought that lava cakes only apply to chocolate. The butterscotch looks so oozy and divine. Great job, Mary. Have a nice weekend!

CaThY said...

Mouth watering molten cakes ;)

FABBY'S LIVING said...

OH YUMMYYYYY....love this cakes! Thank you for the recipe.

Hugs
Fabby

Hovkonditorn said...

Mary, these look so delicious. I'm a fan of molten chocolate lava cake and I believe I would love these too! Hugs!

Chele said...

How sinful!! Can't wait to try this recipe out ;0)

Jeannie said...

Lava cakes never failed to have me drooling....yummy!

A Bitchin' Kitchen said...

These look absolutely amazing. I've never seen a butterscotch version of this dessert before. Raw eggs in desserts generally don't bother me, but I never want to serve people something that could potentially get them sick, so I've started buying pasteurized shell eggs. A little more expensive, but worth the peace of mind!

- Maggie

Ginny said...

Oh this looks great!!! All we see around here is the chocolate, which I don't care for, it's too dark and doesn't really have much flavor either. These look intense and delicate, a more adult version of the chocolate ones.

A little bit of everything said...

oh, look at that oozing butterscotch. love this kind of dessert. cake on the outside and oozing deliciousness inside.
thanks for sharing Mary

Bella said...

Oh, yum, Mary!! I absolutely LOVE butterscotch. Can't wait to try these. :)

Pondside said...

My daughter and I just ooohed and aaahed over this one!

Red Nomad OZ said...

Ha! I'm not that familiar with the consistency of molten lava, but am willing to take your word that this is a good thing!!

Have a great day!!

Betty Ray said...

Oh wow this looks soooo good. Very original idea. Don't think I've ever seen a butterscotch lava cake. Great idea!

hannah said...

Ana What delicious cookies, I'll try them here at home see what they say my children and my husband!

A real temptation!


Kisses

Three-Cookies said...

This is an excellent twist to the chocolate lava cake.

Ana Rita said...

WOW!!!I likeyour version of these lava cakes....Love the butterscotch running out the cake .

I hope you have a nice weekend,
Rita

Sabienne said...

Amen!

pierre said...

very nice fondant bravo pierre

pigpigscorner said...

I always think of chocolate lava cake but not butterscotch, sounds fab!

FOODESSA said...

This is certainly one lava cake that will meet my butterscotch craving anytime ;o)

Btw...whenever, I'm concerned about salmonella from eggs...I pre-freeze shelled eggs in a small mason jar so that all my worries are history ;)

Have a great weekend Mary.

Ciao, Claudia

spontaneous-euphoria said...

The only thing I can say is that I want this now.

Creating Amazing Meals said...

Wow, Mary! These look amazing!

Lora said...

Wow oh wow. Butterscotch is one of my favorite flavors. Where have I been not knowing one could create this version of the classic chocolate? Fantastic idea.

Peter M said...

Mary, these are a marvelous twist on lava cakes...I really must try this version!

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Looks absolutely fantastic!

JasmyneTea said...

I'm already imagining all the running on the treadmill I'll have to do to burn this dessert off, but I'll do it gladly just to eat butter scotch! Great post :)

brandi @ BranAppetit said...

woah - I've never seen a butterscotch lava cake! but I know I'd love it. I love butterscotch almost as much as I love chocolate :)

These look delicious!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Mamatkamal said...

wowwwwwwww these mini-cakes look absolutely gorgeous! Have a nice day Mary!

bellini valli said...

When we were kids we would walk down to Dairy Queen and I would always get a butterscotch sundae..never wavered. Butterscotch is still my favourite today if I allow myself sweet treats.

June said...

Mary, you're killing me...but in a good way! These look amazing.

Pete said...

Creamy sweet dessert, i like!

mr. pineapple man said...

wow this sounds and looks So delicious! you make the best stuff!

Lizzy said...

Oh, my, I've never even thought of any other variation of molten lava cakes! Fabulous idea...I'm copying this one~thanks, Mary!

Mateja ^_^ said...

I'm all about chocolate, but was totally sold on your butterscotch molten lava cakes! YUM!!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing and have a blessed weekend :)

Foodycat said...

I love the idea of a butterscotch lava cake! Such a great variation.

Sandra said...

Perfect bite indeed! Looks amazing and really delicious!

highplainsdrifters said...

We make a mean chocolate lava ... never tried butterscotch.

Didja know ... there never was any scotch whiskey in butterscotch. The "scotch" part came from the same root as "scorch." Browned butter and sugar.

MaryMoh said...

Mmmm...looks pretty and tempting. I had my first lava cake in Hong Kong. It was totally fabulous! I must try to make one day. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

A Busy Nest said...

Very different...have never seen a butterscotch molten lave cake recipe. It looks delicious!

Angela/Soap Mom's Kitchen/Sutherland Soap Creamery said...

Looks and sounds so yummy....love your blog! I see a lot of things I want to make from your blog. Thanks for visiting mine as well.

Online Bakery Delivered said...

yummy! very tempting. I love it!Buy Desserts

Joanne said...

Oh these truly sound heavenly. I love lava cakes as is, but add in a butterscotch PB sauce...and it's truly ideal.

Barbara said...

Gorgeous, Mary. I'd like it way better than the chocolate!

scrambledhenfruit said...

This looks delicious! I've only had the chocolate ones, but butterscotch sounds marvelous for a change-up. :)

Lynda said...

Thank you for this recipe Mary; my husband adores butterscoth, so these will be a great treat!
Have a wonderful weekend.

Janice said...

Oh boy, do those look good.

Sushma Mallya said...

These cakes looks mouthwatering...simply delicious:)

Buttercup said...

I love butterscotch, so these definitely need to go into my "to bake" file. Worth having a tea just to serve these cakes. Yummy!

Lucie said...

This is a discovery for me--I'd never imagined a butterscotch lava cake with peanut butter. Definitely a must-try!

Holly said...

Oh my heaven!!! These look fantastic Mary!!

Gloria said...

OMG Mary really look amazing and tempting!! x gloria

Akila said...

wow simply yummy and lis smacking dish... first time here... when you find time, do visit mine...
DNSW: F Roundup
Dish Name Starts with G
Learning-to-cook
Regards,
Akila

Fresh Local and Best said...

Oh boy, this picture is sensational! I'm imagining how wonderfully decadent this butterscotch lava cake is with the oozing center.

ARLENE said...

This is inspired. I've never seen any but chocolate lava cakes. I think I'd like both the peanut butter and the butterscotch.

Elin said...

Mary...I am inspired to make this for my Piggies :) yummy!

Wendy Irene said...

I have never seen a lava cake with anything other than chocolate. I love how creative this recipe is!! Thanks for sharing it. Have a wonderful weekend :)

Sweet and Savory said...

This is pure inspiration. Who could even imagine peanut butter and butterscotch as a molten cake. You present it beautifully, Mary. Thanks.

Carol said...

Mary,
I do love butterscotch and these look Divine!

Cooking Creation said...

Leave the porch light on -- I'll be right over with my fork. :) Yet another amazing recipe, Mary. Thank you for sharing. I have never attempted a molten lava cake before.

Susi's Kochen und Backen said...

Mary, I think you have truly outdone yourself with this incredible creation. This sounds beyond delicious and I MUST add it to my ever growing recipe collection. My family would be in heaven with this dessert. I hope you are enjoying your weekend :o)

Beloved Green said...

I love the butterscotch oozing out of it, looks divine!

Candace said...

Mary, what a great idea! I love the chocolate ones...but butterscotch?! That is inspired. I must give these a try. :)

Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

Mary, Thank you so much for the kind words about my blog: Lark's Country Heart. I hope you drop in and visit often.

I am your newest follower! :)
I cant wait to get time to read through your blog more...LOVE what I have seen so far.

Have a great weekend!

Marguerite said...

Love these and I can only imagine how fabulous they taste! They look amazing and I can't wait to try them! Thanks for the great recipe!

Vivienne said...

im almost salivating at the sight of the oozing butterscotch! perfect post dinner treat :D

Elaine said...

These look so beautiful. The photo just makes me want to make them.

Claudia said...

I love the change from chocolate to butterscoth - in fact I have forgotten how much I love that flavor. The cake just reminded me.

Carrie said...

Oh, I love these little cakes! They're the perfect size, and look so nice. This sounds like a scrumptious variation. I'm bookmarking for next weekend... :)

Tessa said...

Oh my gosh. I've seen the chocolate versions, but I am not a big chocolate person. This is perfect. Butterscotch is right up my alley!

That Girl said...

This is definitely different, but you're right, it's the perfect switch up to a chocolate molten lava cake.

My Little Space said...

Oh my Mary, my mouth is watering. I need a napkin. Slurp... Bookmarked this too. Can't wait to try it.
Blessings, Kristy

Ambreen said...

Wow!!! Looks so tempting. I just wish I could have one now :)

Alina said...

Peanut butter in the batter?! Sounds fantastic! Can you imagine, I've never even tried a molten lava cake, not to mention made one?

Kristen said...

My husband would do dishes for a month for the chance to eat this. *plotting* ;)

Anna said...

Thanks for making a butterscotch version! My husband would love these.

teecee71 said...

These sound wonderful and I would like to make them for my boyfriend's birthday, but I have a question for you first - can this batter be made ahead of time, chilled in the fridge and then baked the next day? Thank you so very much!

Mary said...

teeceet1, I've made the batter several hours before baking but never the night before. The only way toknow for sure is to do a preliminary test. Have a good evening. Blessings...Mary

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