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That's Amore! Want to heat-up the heart of your amore this Valentine's Day?

Chocolate-Espresso Lava Cakes

These are perfect, quick and easy to make, they freeze well too!

Ingredients: (for 8 individual cakes)

  • 1 cup all purpose flour

  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 5 teaspoons instant espresso powder

  • 1 ½ tsps. baking powder

  • 1 cup melted butter

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • ½ cup sliced almonds

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

  • 1 tsp. almond extract

  • 6 ounces good quality dark or milk chocolate cut in ½” chunks

  • 1 cup whipping cream

  • 1 cup frozen raspberries or strawberries thawed in their juice and ½ cup sugar


· Sift flour, cocoa powder, coffee powder and baking powder together and set aside.

· In a large bowl add butter and both sugars. Beat until blended

· Beat in eggs one at a time

· add extracts and beat in flour and cocoa mixture until smooth

· Spoon batter into eight, buttered, ½ cup ramekins, or use four one-cup vessels.

· Press a few chunks of chocolate into the top of each cake, and sprinkle tops with sliced almonds.

· Cover and chill for 1 hour or more (can make these a day ahead & chill)

· Uncover cakes, leave at room temperature for 5 mins. prior to baking

· Bake on the centre rack of a preheated 350 (Fahrenheit) oven: 25 minutes for soft centre, 30 minutes for firm, longer if you’re making bigger cakes – test with a toothpick after 30 minutes.

· Simmer thawed berries with sugar until a light syrup forms, serve warm, drizzled over cakes and top with whipped cream

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