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Bloody Molten Lava Cakes

Is anyone else as excited about the Season 5 premiere of Dexter as I am?? I should be spending the day preparing for my little guy’s upcoming birthday party. Yet instead, I’m thinking of that lovable serial killer and dreaming up culinary ways to celebrate his return to TV. I found myself thinking…WWDE? What would Dexter eat?

Well, we know he’s a blood splatter analyst by profession. And I guess you could say that he’s got a thing for blood during his recreation time as well. But despite his penchant for blood, he’s got a sweet side. He’s a father, a brother, and a reliable coworker; an all-around swell guy, by outward appearances, at least. In truth, he’s hiding a horrifying secret.

Bloody, sweet, and secretive. I could only think of one thing which fits that bill. Bloody Molten Lava Cakes. Sweet white chocolate cakes, accented with rich cocoa and orange liquer and colored with a good dose of bloody red. Serve the individual cakes hot out of the oven with fresh orange supremes. As you cut into the tender cake, you’ll discover the secret which lies within; a bloody red, hot molten center.

These little cakes would be a great treat for a Dexter viewing party or even for a Halloween gathering. And aside from being a cute, kitchy TV-themed treat, they’re actually a really delicious dessert. I started with a traditional recipe for Molten Lava Cakes and adjusted from there to achieve a rich, red color and a white chocolate-orange flavor. The batter comes together in a pinch and they only take 14 minutes to bake!

White Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes


  • 3/4 cup White Chocolate Chips
  • 7 Tbsp Butter
  • 1/3 cup Flour
  • 3/4 cup Confectioner’s Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder*
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 1 Tbsp Orange Liquer
  • 1 Orange, supremed**
  • Red Gel Food Coloring***
  • Confectioner’s Sugar, for garnish
  • Butter or Vegetable Shortening, for greasing ramekins

* For an even redder result, you can skip the cocoa powder

** To see my photo guide on How to Supreme an Orange, click here.

***If your supermarket doesn’t carry gel food coloring, check the baking section of your local craft store.


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease four ramekins with butter or vegetable shortening. Melt the white chocolate chips and butter over a double boiler or in the microwave, stirring until smooth. Add the flour, sugar, and cocoa. Stir to combine. Add the eggs, egg yolks, and liquer. Stir until smooth. Add several drops of red gel food coloring and stir. Equally divide the batter amongst the four ramekins. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and bake on the middle oven rack for 14 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a minute or two. Run a knife around the edges of the cake to loosen. Then, invert the cakes over a serving plate. Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar and garnish with orange supremes. Serve immediately.

Serves 4

Season 5 of Dexter premieres this Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 9:00 on Showtime. Don’t miss it!

We'll start cooking for his birthday party tomorrow.

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