baileys dark chocolate lava cake with baileys ganache

While living in Orlando, Florida, my husband and I enjoyed visiting the Epcot Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World whenever the opportunity presented itself. With my love for chocolate and Bailey’s Irish Cream on the rocks being my choice alcoholic beverage, its no wonder my favorite sampling offered during the Festival is the Warm Chocolate Lava Cake with Bailey’s Ganache from Ireland. Each year we visited the Festival I would say how much I’d like to purchase their cook book to see what yummy samplings I could re-create at home…and finally, In 2010 I broke down and purchased the Epcot Food & Wine Festival Cook Book as they were “Celebrating 15 Years of Delicious Discoveries”. You can imagine I was beyond thrilled to notice the Lava Cake recipe was included!! I halved the original lava cake recipe from the cook book, and opted for bittersweet (dark) chocolate in-lieu of semisweet chocolate; I also added Baileys to the lava cake for additional adult flavor. Additionally, I replaced the milk chocolate with bittersweet chocolate in the ganache and omitted the heavy cream, using extra Baileys of course!! :) Enjoy!

baileys dark chocolate lava cake

baileys dark chocolate lava cake

 

baileys dark chocolate lava cake ingredients

baileys dark chocolate lava cake ingredients

Ingredients (Lava Cake):
6 oz Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Baking Chips
1 Stick Butter
2 1/2 Egg Yolks
2 Whole Eggs
1/4 Cup + 2 TBSP Sugar
2 1/2 TBSP + 1/2 tsp White Flour
6 oz Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur

Ingredients (Ganache):
2 oz Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Baking Chips
2 oz Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur

 
 

Instructions (Cake):

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Using a double broiler (or saucepan and metal bowl as pictured) set over simmering water, melt butter and cacao chips stirring until smooth.

baileys dark chocolate lava cake - melting the chocolate and butter

baileys dark chocolate lava cake – melting the chocolate and butter

Let chocolate mixture cool 10 minutes.

baileys dark chocolate lava cake - melted chocolate and butter cooling

baileys dark chocolate lava cake – melted chocolate and butter cooling

Using an electronic hand mixer, beat egg yolks and whole eggs in a medium bowl.

baileys dark chocolate lava cake - beating the eggs

baileys dark chocolate lava cake – beating the eggs

Add sugar to well beaten eggs and mix until thick and light, about 2 minutes.

baileys dark chocolate lava cake - beating the eggs and sugar

baileys dark chocolate lava cake – beating the eggs and sugar

Fold chocolate mixture into egg mixture.

baileys dark chocolate lava cake - folding the chocolate into the egg mixture

baileys dark chocolate lava cake – folding the chocolate into the egg mixture

Sift flour, then fold it into the batter, mixing until smooth.

baileys dark chocolate lava cake - folding the flour into the chocolate mixture

baileys dark chocolate lava cake – folding the flour into the chocolate mixture

Add Baileys to batter and stir just until combined.

baileys dark chocolate lava cake - adding the baileys

baileys dark chocolate lava cake – adding the baileys

Lightly spray a jumbo muffin tin with cooking spray and distribute batter evenly among 4 of the muffin cups. (If you have ramekins you can certainly use those; a regular-sized muffin tin will also work)

baileys dark chocolate lava cake - baking the cakes

baileys dark chocolate lava cake – baking the cakes

Bake until sides of cake are set and middle is still soft, about 25 – 30 minutes. ** NOTE: For a runnier consistency, bake cake 25 minutes (maybe less depending upon your oven); for a more solid but gooey center, bake 30 minutes. ** (If using a regular-sized muffin tin, the baking time will be about 15 minutes total)

While the cakes are baking, prepare the ganache.

Instructions (Ganache):

Using a double broiler (or saucepan and metal bowl as pictured) set over simmering water, melt cacao chips with Baileys, stirring until smooth.

baileys dark chocolate lava cake - making the baileys ganache

baileys dark chocolate lava cake – making the baileys ganache

Remove cakes from oven and let cool 1 – 2 minutes.

Drizzle individual cakes with warm ganache and serve immediately

Yields 4 Servings

Weight Watchers: 1 Lava Cake topped with 1/4 of the prepared Ganache = 21 points plus (This recipe has a high points plus value, but is too irresistible not to indulge in every once in a while!!!)