A creamy twist on a chocoholic’s favorite, this Bailey’s Molten Lava Cake is infused & topped with Irish Creme. Decadent – but perfectly sized for just one!
I’m a thirty-something.
It finally happened. My birthday came and went this past Sunday, and I moved on from just being thirty, to being thirty…something.
Ugh. I’ve been dreading it. I knew it was going to get here, and to be completely honest, amidst the whirlwind that was the weekend (with it being Food Blog Forum and all), I didn’t really feel it. It was just another day, albeit full of well-wishes and running around Disney World.
JUST TAKE ME TO THE BAILEY’S MOLTEN LAVA CAKE ALREADY!
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I think I’ll take a moment celebrate my age
End of an era and the turning of a page
Now it’s time to focus in on where I go from here
Lord have mercy on my next thirty years
– Tim McGraw
I remember as a kid, back in the late eighties, there was a popular TV show called Thirtysomething, and if I’m not mistaken, that is where the catchphrase came from. I had no idea what the show was about – I was way too young to grasp the concept of adult dramas, but I definitely remember the theme song.
I also never fathomed actually going through anything that the characters on the show went through (I may or may not have watched a few clips, for research purposes of course). I would never get old!
Turns out you can’t defy time, no matter how invincible you think you are. And all that dated stuff on the show? Totally relevant to my last thirty years.
As I said, this birthday celebration was very different from the norm. I spent it with my husband and a few of my closest friends (and a couple new ones!) at Walt Disney World.
We had an early lunch at Le Cellier Steakhouse in Epcot’s Canada Pavilion, dining on classic poutine, assorted breads (with an amazing double churned rock salt and maple sugar butter), roasted heirloom tomatoes, and the most delicious rib-eye steak I’ve ever tasted – it literally melted in my mouth.
I washed it all down with a lovely draft Moosehead Pale Ale (which was a treat since you can’t get it anywhere outside of Canada), and a raspberry champagne toast, courtesy of our sweet server.
Obviously, there was no big birthday cake with dozens of candles. I opted for a sweet little grapefruit ginger cake, which was interesting, but not at all what I would call a suitable birthday cake.
This Bailey’s Molten Lava Cake is more my style, and boy, was I wishing I’d had one on Sunday.
It’s deep, dark, and decadent, but it’s small and made for one person.
Meaning it’s OK to eat every last crumb.
It’s also OK if you plop the Bailey’s whipped cream on while the cake is still super warm, because it melts just the right amount of it so it marries with the molten core of the cake just so.
As it turns out, these little cakes are perfect for celebrating a birthday, St. Patty’s Day, Tuesday…
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Bailey's Molten Lava Cake
- 4 ounces baking chocolate bittersweet, semi-sweet, or combination
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter cubed, plus more for greasing ramekins
- 2 tablespoons Bailey's Irish Creme
- 1 cup powdered sugar sifted
- 2 large eggs
- 2 large egg yolks
- 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Bailey's Whipped Cream
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup Bailey's Irish Creme cold
- ½ tablespoon powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Grease four ramekins or custard cups with butter, then dust with cocoa powder. Set aside.
- Place butter and chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. In 30 second bursts, melt the ingredients, whisking in between bursts until melted and combined. (Or melt over a double boiler)
- Whisk in Bailey's, followed by confectioner's sugar, and stir until smooth.
- In a separate small bowl, whisk together eggs and yolks until fluffy, then add to chocolate mixture and stir to combine.
- Whisk in flour, stirring until combined.
- Divide batter in to ramekins, being careful not to fill higher than ¾ of the way, as cakes will rise in the oven. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Set ramekins on baking sheet, and bake for about 13 minutes, or until cakes are springy on outer edges, but centers are soft.
- Remove from oven and let sit 1-2 minutes before inverting on serving plates. Serve while warm with Bailey's Whipped Cream or ice cream.
Bailey's Whipped Cream
- Chill the bowl of a stand mixer and whisk attachment in the freezer for 10 minutes.
- Add all of the ingredients to the bowl; whisk on high speed until medium peaks form, about 1 minute. (You can also use a hand whisk and a large chilled bowl, whisking the ingredients about 2 to 3 minutes until medium peaks form.) Serve immediately.
PIN THIS BAILEY’S MOLTEN LAVA CAKE FOR LATER!
HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY ERICA. TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY AND I’M CLOSER TO SIXTY THAN TO 50 SOMETHING. MY HEART AND MIND STILL FEEL 17 BUT THE BODY WON’T GO ALONG WITH IT.
I LIKED THE WONDER YEARS. IT HAD TO BE SET IN LATE 60’S. I REMEMBER WINNIE COOPER’S BROTHER DIED. HE WAS IN THE ARMY IN VIET NAM.
THIS CAKE SOUNDS GREAT I WILL HAVE TO TRY IT. MY BEST BIRTHDAY CAKE CHOICES ARE: HUMMINGBIRD CAKE, CARROT CAKE, BANANA NUT CAKE, DR. PEPPER CAKE, GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE, PISTACHIO PUDDING CAKE. AND JELL-O POKE CAKE.
Thank you, Tamara! Happy birthday to you, as well! All the best people were born in March. 🙂 I’m glad to hear you still feel so young! I can’t say I really feel “old,” so I take that as a blessing because plenty of people my age are much worse off than I am.
I LOVE The Wonder Years! I remember watching that as a kid, also. I always thought Winnie was the prettiest girl on TV!
Oh my goodness, Hummingbird cake is one of my favorites! I’m taking notes on this…I plan on trying my hand at some of the cakes on your list this spring!
Drooling. Literally drooling.
Paris (My Big Fat Happy Life) says
Happy birthday! I have always wanted to make a molten lava cake and add in the Baileys this sounds perfect! I cannot wait to try this recipe out!
Thanks, Paris! This was my first time making it, and I was super nervous I’d over bake them, but they came out perfect! I love putting Bailey’s in…well, everything, so it seemed like a great fit!
This looks so good! I love molten lava cake! And btw…Happy Birthday!!! Just know, it only gets better after 30!
Thank you, Artney! I keep telling myself that! I still have so much to do in my life, it MUST be a grand ADULT adventure!
This looks amazing! I love chocolate! I am about to turn 40….I feel ya!
That looks so good! I could only have that maybe once because at 32 (lol…I remember hitting thirty-one last year!) I have actually realized my body can’t process all the sugar I used to eat (as, of course I just had a peanut butter and brown sugar sandwich, mind you). It looks so yummy, though, that I may try it. I will definitely share it, though, and happy belated birthday! 🙂
You know, I can’t eat the way I used to, either! No more tall stacks of Oreos or huge strawberry milkshakes. I find myself sharing dessert at dinner instead of getting my own! So ashamed, lol. Thanks for the wishes!
Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom says
Yes, Yes YES!!! I love bailey’s and chocolate together.
Melanie | Melanie Makes says
These sound absolutely divine, Erica!
Being thirty something isn’t too bad, or maybe that’s just me because I can’t remember how old I am, seriously I totally thought I was 31 when I was really 32. This molten cake is awesome. I know what cake I want for my birthday this year!
So my memory is going to start going now that I’m 31? This does not bode well, Pam, lol.
This looks absolutely amazing. Happy late birthday! I was born on Christmas eve so since we are always eatting sooo much junk food around the holidays I opt for a Pumpkin Cheesecake that my sister makes (light huh?)!
Thank you, Madaline! Oh geez, I am a huge fan of cheesecake! I made a pumpkin gingersnap cheesecake for my best friend’s birthday last year, and it’s one worth repeating! What a great choice!
Chocolate molten lava cake is one of my favorite desserts! You’re recipe looks delicious from the photos and no doubt will be a fan favorite! Just pinned to try!
Thank you, Sarah! 🙂
OMG! I’m totally dying over this. Looks so good! When I’m on a cruise, this is the dessert I get every single night. I would love to try making this at home.
HAHA! When I go on cruises, my favorite dessert is usually one of everything! Why be choosy when you can try them all? 🙂
Happy belated birthday! Ummmm…this cake looks Amazing! I will definitely try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks, Ramona! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Jenna @ A Savory Feast says
You know, I’m sure we live close enough that I could come over for these! Oh my goodness, they sound incredible. I first had chocolate lava cake when I went on a Carnival cruise. I’ve been trying to find them at restaurants, but most of the time they aren’t really lava in the middle. I’ve got to try making them myself with this recipe!
Happy Belated Birthday! I feel like I’ve been recovering from FBF all week. This cake looks so amazing though, especially with the Baileys inside and on top with the whipped cream frosting. Making this asap!
Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen says
I’m so happy I got to meet you in person this past weekend! I was telling Will that I’ve felt like I’ve known you my entire life, and I love when that happens. Now…please make 10,000 of these for my face and ship them my way *muah*
Melodi Steinberg says
That looks so sinfful..I think my butt just grew 3 inches!
Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says
Happy happy birthday, Erica! Being thirty something is not too bad, I am enjoying all the knowledge that comes with it 🙂 Love this lava cake! Baileys and chocolate together = yum!!! It looks absolutely incredible!
So jealous of your birthday outing, sounds like a great time – and the recipe looks and sounds divine!!!