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Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the ultimate dessert recipe that will leave your taste buds craving for more. Here’s a recipe that will sway your heart as you indulge in the heavenly taste of Molten Spiced Chocolate Cabernet Lava Cakes.

For all chocolate lovers out there, these cakes are nothing less than a delicacy. The infusion of spiced molten chocolate with cabernet sauvignon wine brings out an explosion of flavors in this recipe. The combination is simply divine!

This holiday spiced molten cake is perfect for dinner parties or date nights. Impress your guests by serving them these decadent cakes along with some fresh raspberries and ice cream on top. Trust me, it’s a show-stopper!

The best part about this recipe? It is extremely easy to make! With just a few ingredients and a little bit of time, you can be enjoying this delicious dessert in no time.

So get ready to be delighted by the aroma, taste, and texture of these chocolate cabernet cakes. Don’t miss out on making this recipe and experiencing the pure bliss that comes with every bite. Let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Molten Spiced Chocolate Cabernet Lava Cakes
Molten Spiced Chocolate Cabernet Lava Cakes

Are you looking for a dessert that is just as indulgent as it is impressive? Look no further than this recipe for Molten Spiced Chocolate Cabernet Lava Cakes. Trust me, you will completely fall in love with this recipe at the very first bite.

What’s not to love about molten chocolate lava cakes? Add in the bold flavors of cabernet and a touch of spices like cinnamon and ginger and you have a dessert that is simply irresistible. This recipe also uses high-quality ingredients such as pure vanilla extract and semi-sweet baking chocolate to ensure that every element of the dish is rich, decadent, and absolutely delicious.

But maybe you’re hesitant because you’ve never made a lava cake before. Don’t worry – this recipe is incredibly easy to follow and doesn’t require any fancy equipment. You can even make it ahead of time – perfect for dinner parties or holidays.

And let’s not forget about presentation: these lava cakes can be topped with fresh raspberries, dusted with confectioner’s sugar, or served with a scoop of ice cream. Everyone will be begging for the recipe after trying it!

So go ahead, indulge in something truly special with this mouthwatering recipe. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you for it!

Ingredient List

 Get ready to experience pure indulgence with these Molten Spiced Chocolate Cabernet Lava Cakes!
Get ready to experience pure indulgence with these Molten Spiced Chocolate Cabernet Lava Cakes!

For the chocolate cake:

  • 4 oz. (113 grams) semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon cabernet sauvignon wine
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 large eggs plus 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the molten center:

  • 4 oz. (113 grams) semi-sweet baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup of McCormick Molten Spiced Chocolate Bourbon or Cabernet or Dark Chocolate Pomegranate

For serving:

  • Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
  • Fresh raspberries, optional.

The Recipe How-To

 Rich and velvety, these cakes will melt in your mouth with every bite.
Rich and velvety, these cakes will melt in your mouth with every bite.

Now that we know the “why” and “what,” let’s get to the “how”! Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make these delicious Molten Spiced Chocolate Cabernet Lava Cakes.

Recipe Steps
Step 1: Preheat and prepare

Preheat your oven to 450°F. Grease four 6-ounce ramekins with butter and dust each with cocoa powder.

Step 2: Melt chocolate and butter

In a double boiler, combine 4 ounces of semisweet baking chocolate and 1 stick of unsalted butter over low heat, stirring occasionally until melted.

Step 3: Add spices and red wine

Remove from heat and whisk in 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger, a pinch of salt, and 1 tablespoon of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Step 4: Add eggs

Whisk in two large eggs until smooth.

Step 5: Pour batter into ramekins

Divide the batter evenly among the prepared ramekins.

Step 6: Bake

Bake for about 12 minutes, or until the edges are set but the centers still jiggle slightly.

Step 7: Rest and serve

Let the cakes rest for a minute before turning them out onto plates. Dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve with fresh raspberries.

Enjoy these molten spiced chocolate cabernet lava cakes with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. This is sure to be one dessert recipe you’ll want to keep making week after week!

Substitutions and Variations

 One slice is never enough when it comes to these decadent treats.
One slice is never enough when it comes to these decadent treats.

While this recipe for Molten Spiced Chocolate Cabernet Lava Cakes is already a delectable dessert, there are some substitutions and variations you can make to tailor the recipe to your specific tastes. Here are some ideas:

1. Swap out the spices: If you’re not a fan of ginger or cinnamon, feel free to substitute them with other warming spices like cardamom, nutmeg or allspice. You could even add a pinch of cayenne pepper for an extra kick.

2. Use different types of wine: While this recipe calls for Cabernet Sauvignon, you could also use other types of red wine like Merlot or Pinot Noir. You could even use a fortified wine like Port or Madeira for added richness.

3. Add fruit: To balance out the richness of the chocolate cake and wine, consider adding fresh raspberries or pomegranate seeds to the batter before baking. Alternatively, you could serve the cakes with a fruit compote on the side.

4. Make it gluten-free: If you’re gluten-intolerant, you can still enjoy these decadent cakes by using a gluten-free flour blend instead of all-purpose flour.

5. Try different types of chocolate: While this recipe calls for semi-sweet baking chocolate, you could also use dark chocolate or milk chocolate depending on your preference.

Remember that substitutions and variations may affect the texture and taste of your final product, so proceed with caution and always do a small test batch first. And most importantly, have fun experimenting and discovering new flavors and combinations!

Serving and Pairing

 The combination of chocolate and cabernet gives these cakes a unique and sophisticated taste.
The combination of chocolate and cabernet gives these cakes a unique and sophisticated taste.

As you pull the Molten Spiced Chocolate Cabernet Lava Cakes out of the oven, your taste buds start to tingle with anticipation. These decadent cakes are the perfect indulgence for a special occasion or a celebration with loved ones. The spiced chocolate and cabernet offer a unique flavor that makes these cakes stand out from other desserts.

When it comes to serving and pairing, there are many options to consider. You can top the warm cakes with confectioners’ sugar, fresh raspberries or a generous scoop of ice cream to create an unforgettable dessert experience. The cold vanilla flavor of ice cream helps balance the warmth of the cake beautifully- a true match made in heaven.

For wine lovers, these cakes pair best with Cabernet Sauvignon, as its bold body complements the rich chocolate flavors and spiced notes in the cake. Michael Bonacini, a culinary expert in Toronto shares his love for baking and pairing these beautiful gems of a dessert with red wine. McCormick gourmet range has also introduced its specially crafted recipe for “Holiday Spiced Molten Lava Cakes” which pairs well with Chocolate Pomegranate martini using vanilla extract and cocoa powder.

Overall, whether serving your Molten Spiced Chocolate Cabernet Lava Cakes at a dinner party or enjoying it for a romantic night-in dessert, remember that this dessert is meant to be savored over time not just instantly devoured. Savor every bite and relish how every ingredient came together to achieve an amazing tasting dessert that everyone will adore.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The sweet aroma of chocolate and the complex notes of cabernet will leave you craving for more.
The sweet aroma of chocolate and the complex notes of cabernet will leave you craving for more.

One of the best things about this molten spiced chocolate cabernet lava cakes recipe is that it can be made ahead of time, making it the perfect dessert to serve for a dinner party or special occasion. You can prepare the batter a day ahead and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake it.

Once baked, let the cakes cool completely on a wire rack before storing them. You can store these molten cakes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. When reheating, simply place them in a preheated oven set at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about five minutes, or until heated through.

If you have leftovers, which is unlikely with this delicious dessert, they can be frozen for up to two months. To reheat frozen cakes, transfer them to the refrigerator to thaw overnight before reheating as previously mentioned.

I like to serve these cakes with some fresh raspberries, a dusting of confectioner’s sugar and some vanilla ice cream on the side, but feel free to get creative with your serving ideas.

Just keep in mind that these spiced chocolate cabernet lava cakes are perfect for any occasion and are sure to impress your guests. Enjoy!

Tips for Perfect Results

 These Molten Spiced Chocolate Cabernet Lava Cakes are perfect for a romantic dinner or a special occasion.
These Molten Spiced Chocolate Cabernet Lava Cakes are perfect for a romantic dinner or a special occasion.

When it comes to making the perfect Molten Spiced Chocolate Cabernet Lava Cakes, attention to detail is key. Here are some tips to ensure that your cakes come out perfectly every time:

1. Use high-quality ingredients: The success of any recipe depends on the quality of ingredients used, and this recipe is no exception. Using fresh ingredients like eggs, butter, and flour will ensure the best results.

2. Melt the chocolate carefully: If the chocolate is overheated, it can become grainy and lose its smooth texture. Use a double boiler or a microwave at low power to melt the semi-sweet baking chocolate.

3. Don’t overmix the batter: Overmixing the batter can create a tough cake with a dense texture. Mix it just until all ingredients are combined.

4. Grease the ramekins well: Apply butter generously so that the cakes don’t stick to the ramekins when baked.

5. Use good quality Cabernet wine: The Cabernet adds a unique flavor dimension to the cake. Use a quality wine that you would drink on its own to complement the chocolate.

6. Check for doneness: To get a gooey center, bake for 11-12 minutes in a preheated 450°F oven but be mindful as there’s not much between cake done and undercooked cake so be careful not to let them bake too long.

7. Serve immediately: As soon as you take them out of the oven run a spatula around each ramekin (to loosen them), then invert onto dessert plates so that guests can enjoy them while they are still warm with flowing chocolate ganache inside.

With these tips in mind, you’re sure to make a delicious batch of Molten Spiced Chocolate Cabernet Lava Cakes that’ll have everyone asking for seconds!


Now I’m going to answer some frequently asked questions about the molten spiced chocolate cabernet lava cakes recipe. These answers will help you avoid any confusion and achieve the perfect texture and taste of the cakes.

What is the difference between molten and lava cake?

Warm and decadent, Molten Chocolate Cakes are a popular dessert commonly referred to as Lava Cakes. These cakes have a unique feature, a liquid chocolate center that pours out when you cut into it similar to how lava flows out of a volcano. This effect is achieved by undercooking the batter, so the inside remains soft and gooey while the outer layers are set like cake.

What is the center of a lava cake made of?

A dessert called molten chocolate cake is comprised of a chocolate cake with a center that is filled with liquid chocolate. The cake is named after the tempered filling and is also referred to as lava cake, chocolate coulant or chocolate lava cake.

What is the filling made of in lava cake?

Indulge in the rich and luscious flavor of Molten Lava Cakes that come in four different fillings – peanut butter cup, salted caramel, Nutella and classic. These cakes are so delicious that you won’t be able to tell the restaurant version apart from them! The best part is that you can prepare them with ease, as they require only one bowl and no mixer. Plus, you can even make them one day in advance!

Is molten lava cake undercooked?

Lava cake is not an undercooked cake but a unique dessert that is a cross between a chocolate cake and a soufflé. Creating this recipe requires a specialized batter, and a traditional cake batter cannot be used.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this molten spiced chocolate cabernet lava cakes recipe is a must-try for any chocolate and wine lover. The combination of sweet, spicy, and savory flavors is an explosion of taste in every bite. Plus, the addition of cabernet sauvignon makes these cakes extra special and perfect for a romantic evening or a holiday party.

The recipe is straightforward and easy to follow, and you can even make some substitutions or variations depending on your taste preferences. The dessert can also be prepared ahead of time and stored in the fridge or freezer for later use.

Finally, I would like to suggest serving these lava cakes with some fresh raspberries, vanilla ice cream, or even a glass of red wine to enhance the whole experience. Bon appétit!

Molten Spiced Chocolate Cabernet Lava Cakes

Molten Spiced Chocolate Cabernet Lava Cakes Recipe

Chocolate heaven. If you don't like the "spiced part, just withhold and enjoy.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 575.8 kcal


  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon cabernet sauvignon wine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 ounces fresh raspberries (or other fruit)


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Butter 4 (6 oz) custard cups/souffle dishes. Place on baking sheet.
  • Microwave chocolate & butter until butter is melted. Whisk until chocolate is completely melted and blended inches
  • Stir in wine, vanilla & sugar untiled well blended.
  • Whisk in eggs & egg yolk.
  • Stir in cinnamon and ginger.
  • Divide into dishes.
  • bake for 15 to 20 minutes (I've noticed some ovens take the full 20 minutes so watch carefully after 15 minutes) or until sides are firm but centers are soft.
  • Remove and let stand for one minute. Loosen edges with knife and invert onto plates.
  • sprinkle with confectioners sugar and decorate each serving with raspberries.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 161gCalories: 575.8kcalCarbohydrates: 51.5gProtein: 9.2gFat: 41.7gSaturated Fat: 24.9gCholesterol: 214mgSodium: 208.1mgFiber: 7gSugar: 31.3g
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