Enjoy A Warm Chocolate Lava Cake — In 40 Seconds

Would you believe it only takes 40 seconds from fridge to microwave to dig into this perfect, warm chocolate lava cake?
Would you believe it only takes 40 seconds from fridge to microwave to dig into this perfect, warm chocolate lava cake?

I’ve made the original chocolate lava cake many times. The warm little cake with the contrasting gooey, molten chocolate center that became a sensation was purportedly invented by Michelin-starred New York chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten when he accidentally removed a cake from the oven too soon.

It’s not a difficult cake to make, but it does take a little practice to know when exactly to pull it from the oven so that the center is not overdone, rendering it merely a uniform chocolate cake through and through.

Pots & Co. not only takes the guesswork out of that, it but alleviates all the work — period.

The London-based company makes Chocolate Fudge Lava Cakes that come ready made. All you need do is pop one into the oven for 12 minutes or into the microwave for 40 seconds to get perfect results.

I had a chance to try samples recently. The cakes come packaged in cute little reusable ceramic ramekins to cut down on the use of plastic. They must be kept refrigerated until consumed.

Pots & Co. cakes come four to a package.
Pots & Co. cakes come four to a package.

With the original Vongerichten recipe, you mix up a uniform batter that gets under-baked, so that as it bakes from the outside in, the outermost part becomes a tender cake with a light crumb and the very center remains runny.

In contrast, lift the lid off the Pots & Co. ceramic ramekin and you’ll find an almost doughnut-shaped chocolate cake already baked inside. In its center is a pool of chocolate that’s hardened from being refrigerated. As you heat it, the cake gets warm and the chocolate liquefies — voila!

This is what it looks like before heating it up.

The texture is almost like devil’s food cake — soft, moist, and rich. The molten chocolate center, of course, is divine. Because it’s packaged so nicely in ramekins made by family potters in Spain, it makes for an ideal no-brainer dessert for a dinner party, too.

The cakes, whose recipe was fine-tuned by award-winning chefs, are made with sustainable 70 percent Colombian chocolate and free-range eggs. Each cake has 500 calories.

I dare you to try to resist this.
I dare you to try to resist this.

It’s a decadent, wholly satisfying little chocolate treat. And who couldn’t use a little more chocolate during these challenging times, right?

Find them in packs of four at Costco stores nationwide for about $10.99.

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