It just isn’t Christmas without oranges. A garland of dried oranges speckled with cloves. A simmering pot of wassail with fresh orange slices. And let’s not forget the orange in the stocking on Christmas morning. One of my favorite orange-y Christmas treats is Terry’s chocolate oranges. My family usually buys loads to give out as Christmas presents to friends and family, so we always have a couple boxes leftover after the holidays. This chocolate orange lava cake is a delicious way to use up any chocolate oranges you may have sitting around. Because what could be more Christmas-y than oranges, chocolate, AND cake?!
Now I know I said oranges were a quintessential part of Christmas. But let’s face it: who nowadays craves just a plain, old orange when there’s chocolate, cakes, and a whole bunch of other goodies just waiting to be eaten? Don’t get me wrong, I’m just as nostalgic about finding an orange in my stocking as the next person, but let’s just say it’s not the first thing I reach for. Sorry, Santa, but chocolate trumps oranges.
But let’s not be too hard on oranges. They can be quite useful, especially if you you find yourself without a chocolate orange. Dun, dun, duuun! Don’t fear–put that orange to good use! Swap the chocolate orange for semi-sweet chocolate, add the zest of one orange, throw in 2 tablespoons of fresh orange juice, and presto! You’ve got a chocolate orange lava cake that’d knock the striped socks off old Santa Claus!
- 6 oz Terry's dark chocolate orange, roughly chopped
- 8 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 egg yolks
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat the oven to 450°. Lightly butter and flour four 6-ounce ramekins, tapping to remove any excess flour. Place on a baking sheet and set aside.
- In a double boiler or bain-marie over simmering water, melt the chocolate and butter until smooth and shiny.
- In a medium mixing bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, and salt at high speed until frothy and pale yellow.
- Whisk a few spoonfuls of the melted chocolate into the egg mixture. Fold the rest of the chocolate and flour into the egg mixture until evenly distributed.
- Spoon the batter into the four ramekins. Gently tap the ramekins on the counter to remove any air bubbles.
- Bake the cakes for 12 minutes, or until the edges are firm but the centers are still soft. Let the cakes cool in the ramekins for 1 minute before turning them out onto a plate.
- Dust the warm lava cakes with confectioner's sugar and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Mmm…Look at that warm, gooey, chocolatey goodness!
What’s your favorite orange-y Christmas treat? Let me know in the comments below! Share this post with your friends and all of your lava cakes are guaranteed to turn out perfect!