Giant Chocolate Lava Cake

What's the secret ingredient that makes the gooey chocolate center of this cake? Ice cream bars! The chocolate-coated vanilla kind are cleverly buried in batter and as the cake bakes, they melt to form the lava center. Try different flavors of ice cream bars for easy variations.

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Serving size: 8
Calories per serving: 310

2 sticks (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cubed, plus extra for buttering the ramekin
1/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting the ramekin
10.5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
1/2 cup granulated sugar
pinch kosher salt
6 large eggs
2 chocolate-coated vanilla ice cream bars, such as klondike
confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and lightly flour a 2-quart ramekin/souffle dish. Tap out the excess flour. Put the ramekin on a baking sheet.

Combine the butter and chocolate in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until the mixture is melted and well combined.

Combine the granulated sugar, salt and eggs in a large bowl and beat on high speed with an electric mixer until thick and pale, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the chocolate mixture and flour to the egg mixture and fold with a rubber spatula until well combined.

Pour 2 1/2 cups of the batter into the ramekin and stack the ice cream bars on top of each other in the middle. Pour the remaining batter around the sides and over the top of the ice cream bars.

Bake until the cake is set and the center is still jiggly, about 45 minutes. Let the cake cool in the ramekin for 15 minutes. Dust with confectioners' sugar.


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