Along with several other bloggers, I was recently treated by Lindt to a Gold Class screening of Alice in Wonderland. It was a meet and greet with the marketing team and their advertising and PR agencies and being such marvelous hosts, we didn’t leave empty handed.
Amongst the personalised dark chocolate egg (there was a chocolatier present to hand draw our names on the eggs), gold bunnies and blocks of the Excellence dark chocolate range, I also had handfuls of the Lindt Lindor mini peanut butter filled Easter eggs.

Lindt Excellence dark chocolates and mini Lindt Lindor peanut butter Easter egg

I’m a massive fan of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and know that the combination of decadent chocolate with super comforting peanut butter isn’t new – but these little Easter eggs are outrageously addictive and its luscious gooey peanut butter centre is at a perfection between being too rich and too light. The slight savoury saltiness of the peanut butter completely intensifies the flavour, sweetness and complexity of the cocoa in the surrounding chocolate shell.
And that, is the inspiration behind this Chocolate and Peanut Butter Lava Cake.

Baking chocolate and peanut butter lava cake

Preparation and cooking process - pouring the chocolate paste over peanut butter filling

Baking chocolate and peanut butter lava cakes in the oven - rising like a souffle

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Lava Cakes
Adapted from Food & Wine
Serves 5

Ingredients
Dusting
1 tablespoon plain flour
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
Melted butter for brushing
Cake
5 small ramekins
115 grams unsalted butter
¼ cup plain flour
175 grams Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa dark chocolate (equivalent to 1¾ blocks)
½ cup caster sugar
3 large eggs
Pinch of salt
Filling
1 tablespoon icing sugar
3 tablespoons peanut butter
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Method
In a small bowl, combine the dusting ingredients, cocoa powder with plain flour; brush five small ramekins with melted butter and dust them with the cocoa mixture, tapping out the excess.
Over low heat, melt the butter and chocolate together, stirring occasionally. Let it cool slightly while beating together the sugar, salt and eggs. Using a rubber spatula, fold through the melted chocolate until no streaks remain then fold in the flour until it forms a thick dense paste. Preheat the oven to 220°C.
Spoon two-thirds of the batter into the prepared ramekins, then spoon the peanut butter mixture on top. Cover with the remaining chocolate batter. Bake when required, for 10 – 15 minutes until the tops are cracked; like a soufflé, it should rise slightly. Transfer to a rack and let cool for 5 minutes then serve immediately.
Tip: Ensure you don’t over-bake otherwise the centre will be dry and you won’t be able to enjoy a gooey lava explosion of chocolate and peanut butter!

Chocolate and peanut butter molten lava cake inspired by Lindt Lindor Peanut Butter Easter Egg

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.
  • Delicious! I have to get my hands on some of these eggs. I’d also like to get my hands on some of these cakes, but I think that may prove more difficult.

  • oh my, luscious. they look so good, like a souffle but with molten chocolate sauce inside! Drool…

  • those peanut butter eggs were so awesome oh gawd and these lava cakes look fab!

  • PB and choc combo ftw!! love the goo shot

  • These sound delicious. The peanut butter eggs have been a big hit in our house. I’m sorry we didn’t get to meet on the evening.I’d like to have thanked you personally for including me in your Aussie Food Blogs list.I’ll look out for you at the next event.

  • Yum, these sound fabulous! I love the chocolate & peanut butter combo!

  • Mmmmm … I can almost smell them. Definitely worthy of licking the plate clean!

  • Yum Yum Yum!
    I’m not a huge fan of peanut butter but will eat it when it’s combined with chocolate or used for baking goodies.

  • Yum, this looks great. I’v emade this before but not with peanut butter, great idea.

  • Nice! Looked kinda like a chocolate souffle with a fondant centre.
    As Jamie would say, chocolate and peanut butter are best mates 🙂

  • oh man looks great ive seena couple of these floating arnd on blogs been menaing to make em but argh the calories!!! (and its just after easter!!)

  • Aww man, those peanut butter easter eggs are taunting me in pics everywhere. Where can I find such deliciousness?? Love your lava cakes. Choc & peanut butter were made for each other.

  • Nice one! They look lovely….mmmm gooey melty mess ; )

  • Jen

    You’d better hurry! I’ve run out of my secret stash and looking for more in the post-Easter sales are tough!

  • Jen

    Thanks Billy! It tastes as good as it looks 😉

  • Jen

    Haha, yeh, they were heaps awesome – the best Easter egg around this year for sure!!

  • Jen

    Hehe… I still recall the first time I was introduced to the chocolate and peanut butter combination… it blew me away 😛

  • Jen

    Aww I didn’t turn up to the meet & greet early enough to chat with everyone, I’m sure we’ll cross paths at another event soon! 🙂

  • Jen

    Thanks Betty 🙂

  • Jen

    Haha, you’ve got that one right! That’s the bonus of baking/eating these at home.

  • Jen

    OMGosh, not a fan of peanut butter? Have you tried peanut butter on Vitaweats, topped with sliced banana and honey? Best snack ever!

  • Jen

    Cool! I’m thinking of doing a black forest molten cake too… mmm… there are so many combinations to bake!

  • Jen

    The same goes for peanut butter and jam! Best mates 🙂

  • Jen

    Noooo, don’t remind me of all the calories I’ve been eating and not burning off! Ooops…hehe… I’ll get back into the gym and running routine next week!

  • Wow! I love how they rose like little souffles, so pretty! That Lindt event sounded great, you are so lucky!

  • Haha… I’ll tell you a secret… I’ve never had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches either *shhh* =D Maybe I never had enough of it as a child hence not really liking it now. I did make some wicked peanut brittle cookies using peanut butter though!

  • My goodness! those would have never made it into the oven in my house. They look heavenly delicious

  • Love the peanut butter and chocolate combo and the gooey soft-centred part is to die for!
    This reminds me of the Double Delight Oreo with peanut butter and chocolate cream fillings, but I can’t find them anymore in Aus, can you?

  • Jen

    Might be worth having a look around after the post-Easter sale madness. They come in the normal sized Lindor balls as well as the mini Easter egg size. But I don’t really know either! My stash has run out :*(

  • Jen

    Thanks Brenda! I’m glad the goo was photogenic!

  • Jen

    Thanks Steph! It was my first Gold Class experience and I’m starting to wonder how I’ll ever go back!

  • Jen

    Hahaha, we gave the spatula and bowls a good lick 😉

  • Jen

    OMG, I’ve never heard of the Double Delight OREO til now! That sounds so good! When you find them, let me know where!

  • Wow! Looks absolutely incredible. I would love to chow down on that!