Dark Chocolate Lava Cupcakes

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Dark Chocolate Lava Cupcakes are here just in time for Valentine’s Day! Show your gang just how much you love them with these warm, moist lava cupcakes with slightly crisp edges and silky dark chocolate oozing from the center. A perfect way to make the dreams of chocolate lovers in your life come true.💗

I need to confess it’s actually been quite awhile since I last posted a dessert recipe. Since mid-October, in fact, when I updated the Spooky Chocolate-Glazed Cannoli Dip before Halloween. Not that I haven’t made a dessert in the last four months (my fam would freak if that were the case), just not one that I hadn’t already posted. But with Valentine’s Day knocking on the door, I figured it was high time the blog splurged on another sinfully, irresistible treat.

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How to Make Dark Chocolate Lava Cupcakes

What you are going to love about this recipe, too, is how easy it is. Nine ingredients and just fifteen minutes of your time is all it takes before popping the pan in the oven. The batter is light and fluffy and becomes super moist when baked, especially with a little surprise inside.

What Kind of Chocolate to Use

I chopped a couple bars of Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate for the batter, which gets melted with butter. But if you’d rather not chop, chocolate chips can be substituted. However, you’ll still need a four-ounce bar to cut in large pieces to create the gooey center. We love, love, love dark chocolate around here, but if your gang isn’t a fan, milk chocolate will work just fine.

Dark Chocolate Chopped

Assembling Dark Chocolate Lava Cupcakes

The batter’s pillowy consistency comes from whipping eggs, sugar and vanilla together for a good five minutes until doubled in volume. You can melt the chocolate and butter together while your stand mixer is doing the work. Once the batter is done, I find it so easy to use an ice cream scoop to help evenly distribute it without making a colossal mess.

Next, you’ll push the large pieces of chocolate down into the middle of each cupcake. I also added pink candy melts in some of them for a little Valentine’s Day flare. You can use any smooth melting candy you like and customize the cupcakes based on the occasion.

Batter evenly divided in paper lined standard 12-cup muffin tin with chocolate stuffed in center

Once the chocolate surprises are buried into the cupcake, smooth the tops and they’re ready for the oven.

Batter is smoothed on top and ready to bake

In just about 25-30 minutes, you’ll have perfectly crackled and crisp tops with moist, luscious cake lying underneath. I know you’re going to want to peel off that paper liner at first whiff, but restrain yourself for a few minutes to avoid getting burned.😉

Cupcakes just out of oven

After these Dark Chocolate Lava Cupcakes have cooled a little, dust them with powdered sugar, cocoa, and festive sprinkles as you like. Then break one open and let the delicious lava flow!

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!! Hope your day and weekend are full of amazing food and special splurges! xx, Kim💗

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Dark Chocolate Lava Cupcakes

Chocolate lovers’ dreams are made of these warm, moist lava cupcakes with slightly crisp edges and oozing silky dark chocolate. Your family will love you even more!
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate cupcakes, dark chocolate, lava cake, valentine’s day dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes
Author Kim Peterson

Equipment

  • Stand mixer
  • Standard muffin tin

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate, cut into 12 large pieces
  • Pink chocolate candy melts (optional)
  • Powdered sugar, cocoa powder and sprinkles decorating

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a standard cupcake/muffin pan with paper liners.
  • Place the chocolate and butter in a 3-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth.
  • Combine the eggs, sugar and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer using the whisk attachment and blend at medium-high speed for 5-6 minutes until pale and doubled in volume.
  • Decrease mixer speed to a low setting and slowly pour in the chocolate mixture.
  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add the flour mixture to the mixing bowl in two additions. Mix on low speed just until combined.
  • With a rubber spatula, gently fold any remaining flour on the sides of the bowl into the batter.
  • Divide the mixture between the 12 cups of the cupcake pan.
  • Push one piece of the extra dark chocolate and pink chocolate (optional) into the middle of each cake and smooth the surfaces.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the cakes are set and feel firm to touch.
  • Allow to cool in the tins for 5 minutes then transfer them to a wire rack until just warm.
  • Dust with powdered sugar, cocoa powder and sprinkles as desired. Enjoy!

Notes

*Recipe adapted from Donna Hay

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