A couple of years ago when I started blogging, I met a woman on MSN Spaces that I thought could have possibly been from my own family. I read her stories with such familiarity that I thought maybe we were twins separated at birth. But that couldn’t be the case since I’m about 15 years older than her. Nonetheless, we’ve become very dear friends (even though we’ve never officially met each other). She stops by here from time to time and a couple of weeks ago, she left me this comment (like I’d forget her birthday – come on!).

    “I would like a chocolate lava cake for my birthday, thank you very much. Even if it’s just made in my honor with pictures and the really cool recipe. (that gives you, like 16 days to the 22nd, so get cracking)”

I humbly took her request. That’s how I roll. Here, today, I made a Chocolate Lava Cake for my friend, Sleep Deprived Momma, who will be 30-something years old tomorrow. (a true friend never tells) HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOMMA!!

I’d actually never made Chocolate Lava Cake before. I’d seen recipes and pictures and knew that it LOOKED good, but I didn’t have the little ramekins you use to bake them in. Momma was my inspiration to get me off my tailend and go find them. And find them I did.

The thing about this recipe is that I didn’t realize how easy it is to make. It comes across as quite fancy and decadent, but I’m here to tell you that it’s easier than pie. Here’s all you need:

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CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKE

6 oz Semi-Sweet Baking chocolate
6 oz Butter
3 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Liberally butter four individual ramekins. Melt chocolate on very low flame. Add diced butter; stir until melted. In another bowl, beat eggs and sugar until it starts to whiten. Stir in melted chocolate and then the flour. Pour into ramekins. Bake for 10 -12 minutes.

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Tip ramekins upside down onto dessert plates and serve.

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You may wish to accompany it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or some whipped cream. Either, I’m sure, would be delicious. But it’s totally not necessary. These cakes are so yummy that they literally melt in your mouth! They are so good!! And seriously, so quick and easy. I’m keeping this recipe front and center for when I need to pull out a quick and impressive dessert. I promise you everybody will just swoon with delight when they’re eating this. So good!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOMMA!!