Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Lava Cakes

Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Lava Cakes

Do you know what day it is today? It's Chocolate Peanut Butter Day! Actually, it's the second annual Chocolate Peanut Butter Day. It seems like there are random food holidays every day of the year but somehow the combo of chocolate and PB is not officially recognized. Fortunately, several of my food blogging friends and I are rectifying that mistake because this is certainly a combination that needs celebrating. Carla from Chocolate Moosey and Miriam from Overtime Cook are hosting our little online gathering and you can see all the other delicious creations from my fellow bloggers at the bottom of this post.

Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Lava Cakes
So, I needed to come up with a recipe worthy of the occasion and I think I've nailed it with this warm, gooey, melty, caramely (yes these are all technical cooking terms) treat.

What's more fun than digging into the center of a warm cake and finding creamy peanut butter flowing out? Well, how about if it's salted caramel peanut butter.

Yup, you read that correctly because I had some homemade salted caramel left over and it made this dessert over-the-top good and a fitting celebration of this auspicious (and made-up) holiday. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Lava Cakes
by Hungry Couple
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 14 Minutes
Ingredients (4 Servings)
  • 3/4 Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup all purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 Tablespoons salted caramel peanut butter (recipe follows)
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder for dusting

  • Salted Caramel:
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 1/2 Cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Peanut butter as needed (see instructions below)
Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Lava Cakes
To make the caramel sauce, melt the sugar in a pot over a low to medium flame. Do not stir. When the sugar has completely dissolved, remove it from the heat and add the heavy cream. The mixture will bubble up. Return to a low flame and stir until any lumps are gone. Stir in the butter and salt to taste.

Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.

Combine the butter and chocolate chips in a bowl over simmering water and stir gently until melted. Set aside to cool slightly.

Add the sugar and eggs to a large bowl and cream together using a stand or hand mixer. Beat in the melted chocolate and salt and fold in the flour.

Butter four 8 oz. ramekins or large muffin tin cups and dust with the cocoa powder. Divide the batter evenly among the four. Add two tablespoons of salted caramel to the peanut butter and stir until fully incorporated. Roll into 4 equal balls and place each ball into the center of each ramekin. Push it down into the batter until it's covered.

Bake for 14 minutes and let cool for a couple of minutes before gently running a knife around the rim of each ramekin and inverting onto a plate. Serve with additional salted caramel sauce.

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Check out all the other delectable chocolate peanut butter recipes from our group!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites by Carla from Chocolate Moosey
Peanut Butter Cup Cookies by Miriam from Overtime Cook
Chocolate Peanut Butter Twix Cake by Susan from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
{Healthy} Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oat Bars by Kayle from The Cooking Actress
Chocolate Drizzled Peanut Butter Tiger Paws by Renee from Kudos Kitchen by Renee
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Dip by Becca from It's Yummi
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake by Erin from The Spiffy Cookie
No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie by Lisa from Snappy Gourmet
Chocolate Peanut Butter Tandy Cake by Cindy from Cindy's Recipes and Writings
Chocolate-Glazed Peanut Butter-Stuffed Doughnuts by Coleen from The Redhead Baker
4 Ingredient Chocolate & Peanut Butter Candy by Colleen from Souffle Bombay
Ganache-Stuffed Peanut Butter Bars by Karen from The Food Charlatan
Microwave Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes by Taylor from Food Faith Fitness
Flourless Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Icing by Shashi from Runnin Srilankan
Chocolate Filled Peanut Butter Cookie Cups by Stacy from Food Lust People Love
Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Lava Cakes by Anita from Hungry Couple
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream by Renee from Magnolia Days
Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites by Lauren from Healthy Delicious
Tagalong Dip by Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake Nancy from gotta get baked
Small Batch Chocolate Peanut Butter Doughnuts by Sarah from What Smells So Good?
Funky Monkey Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls by Brianne from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies by Diane from Created by Diane
Chocolate, Peanut Butter, & Roasted Banana Shake by Jennie from The Messy Baker
Chocolate Peanut Butter Magic Bars by Jen from Jen's Favorite Cookies
Chocolate Doughnuts with Peanut Butter Glaze by Lauren from Lauren Kelly Nutrition


  1. I am sort of, ok A LOT, dying over these! I LOVE Lava Cakes, but then you went an took them over the top with that peanut butter! Pinned!

  2. These photos are legendary! Pinning :)

  3. Only thing between me and those gooey lava cakes - is my darn screen! These look mouthwatering...

  4. Peanut butter lava cakes are the best kind of lava cake! I never think to make them in muffin pans tho.

  5. What an awesome twist on the traditional lava cake! I would totally dig into one of these!

  6. Lava cakes are my favorite!!!! So nice of you to make some for me. ;)

  7. That's it! First I was all "yay my fave! lava cakes!" then I was like "omg filled with pb!" THEN you made me go all "WHAT THE HECK SALTED CARAMEL PEANUT BUTTER??! I MUST HAVE THESE!"

  8. Salted caramel peanut butter???? Where has this been all my life???? Terrific dessert, Anita!

  9. nothing beats peanut butter and chocolate.. but the fact that this is a SALTED caramel peanut butter makes these all the more delicious.

  10. Holy flavor combination heaven.... and holy molten gooey goodness heaven!!! I just want to face plant into my computer screen... you are killing me girlfriend!

  11. this looks awesome except i don't see any peanut butter in the recipe?

    1. It's the 7th ingredient in the recipe - 4 tablespoons of salted caramel peanut butter.

  12. But, there is no peanut butter listed in the salted caramel sauce.....

    1. Mary Beth - there is more salted caramel sauce than needed for this recipe so I included that in the directions section. I just went in and added a few words about that to try to make it clearer. Hope that helps!

  13. Oh my goodness...that flowing caramel peanut butter center has me in a trance! This is pure awesomeness!

  14. Just scrumptious. I love how it pours out so nicely

  15. Holy shizz, Anita, making a PB filled chocolate lava cake is nothing short of brilliant! These photos are absolutely gorgeous. I've smacked my face a couple times already trying to eat my computer screen.

  16. Peanut butter salted caramel is a dream made in heaven, Anita. Gorgeous dessert!

  17. Forget convention or the food blog police; only one word suffices for me. YUM!!! Well, OK, maybe Yummalicious too! The center? DIVINE!

  18. Peanut butter lava. Sounds heavenly!!! Can't wait to try these, Anita. Brilliant idea!!

  19. Salted caramel, peanut butter and chocolate. I gained ten pounds looking at these! I mean after eating all these.


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