Were you able to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year with the one you love? If not, no worries. These Mini Red Velvet Lava Cakes will melt hearts any time of the year. The final product features a dense cake filled with a bittersweet molten chocolate center. The cakes are rich, soft and warm, just like the heart you have for those you love.
Red Velvet – or Devil’s Food – Cake is an invention credited to Adams Extract. The cake originates from the Great Depression when food coloring and extracts became popular. When bakers had to ration ingredients in World War II, they used beet juice to color their cakes. Some cakes still feature this addition to the recipe, which also helps maintain moisture. The original cake featured roux icing, but cream cheese and butttercream frosting are more modern options.
Dish out your heavy cake with light toppings. We suggest powdered sugar in the recipe, and there are so many other options to choose from. Fruit would make a delightful garnish, as would chantilly cream or coconut flakes.
This mini red velvet lava cakes recipe requires quite a bit of preparation. We suggest completing steps one through three the night before you plan to serve. That way, all you have to worry about is cake creation the evening of. You’ll want your cakes to come out warm for serving, so popping it in the oven near the end of dinner would work best.
These hearts are OK to break. Follow this recipe to start!