Valentine's Recipe With Beth Branch

Red Velvet Lava Cake

Red Velvet Lava Cake

It's Valentine's Day! This Red Velvet Lava Cake is a a fantastic Valentine’s Day dessert for many reasons. First, lava cakes couldn’t be easier to make. They’re pretty low-maintenance as far as desserts go, while still having an impressive presentation. The ingredients are fairly basic and you don’t even need a mixer—just a large bowl and a whisk! Second, this lava cake is just the right size to share between you and your Valentine. If you can’t find a 1-cup ramekin, feel free to use standard 4-oz ramekins instead. This recipe will probably make three to four smaller lava cakes, and will bake in about 14 minutes instead of 18-20. And third, there’s nothing quite like a homemade gift made with love on Valentine’s Day. Even if you and your date have reservations at a romantic restaurant, making these homemade lava cakes could be the perfect way to end the evening!




½ cup white chocolate chips

½ cup butter, sliced

1 cup powdered sugar

2 large eggs

2 large egg yolks




6 Tbsp all-purpose flour

1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp red gel food coloring

Vanilla ice cream

Chocolate syrup



  1. Preheat oven to 425°F and spray a 1-cup ramekin with cooking spray.
  2. Place white chocolate chips and sliced butter in a microwave-safe dish. Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring well between each, until mixture is melted and smooth.
  3. Whisk in powdered sugar.
  4. Add eggs and egg yolks. Whisk to combine.
  5. Add flour, cocoa powder, and vanilla; whisk until just combined.
  6. Stir in food coloring.
  7. Pour cake batter into the prepared ramekin. Bake for 8 minutes; tent ramekin with foil to prevent excessive browning. Bake for 8-10 more minutes, or until cake is firm around the edges, but still giggly in the center.
  8. Remove from oven; run a knife around the inside edge of the ramekin to loosen cake from sides. Let cool for 2 minutes.
  9. Invert Lava Cake onto a plate and remove ramekin. Top with ice cream and chocolate syrup. Serve warm.




Beth Branch is a food blogger based in Birmingham, AL. In addition to creating dessert masterpieces for her blog, Beth Cakes, she is a menu editor at eMeals.