Planning a romantic dessert date night is so easy and fun! Elegant decorations and a luscious molten chocolate lava cake recipe will make it a night to remember.
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking of ways to celebrate the ones we love! When my husband and I were newly married and had no kids to worry about, we loved to celebrate Valentine’s Day with dinner at a fancy restaurant, and a night out at the ballet or the theater. These days, we’re lucky to find a babysitter even a few times a year, so most of our date nights happen at home after the kids are in bed.
For Valentine’s Day this year, I wanted to do something extra special for him, to show him how much I appreciate that he works so hard for our family. I came up with this elegant and special dessert date night for us to enjoy at home! It’s the perfect way to reconnect, relax, and enjoy some time together as a couple without all the distractions of our daily life. I decorated the table beautifully, made some delicious molten chocolate cakes to share, and we were all set for a romantic night in!
Dessert Date Night
When it comes to Valentine’s Day decorations, there’s nothing more quintessential than flowers! For some beautiful blooms to decorate the table, I headed to my local Albertsons store. The debi lilly design™ collection, available in the Phoenix area exclusively at Safeway and Albertsons in the floral section, has gorgeous pre-arranged flower bouquets, on-trend vases, candles and décor to set the mood, and sweet gifts that are perfect for celebrating the holiday.
Not only are the pieces beautiful and versatile enough to work with any decor style, they’re also very reasonably priced and a great value. I picked up this gorgeous translucent bowl and added a fresh flower bouquet, and they made the perfect centerpiece for our table! The debi lilly design collection offers prearranged colorful bouquets that are ready to “chop & drop” – just cut the stems to length, drop them right into a beautiful debi lilly design vase, and you’re all set! Who knew gorgeous flower arrangements could be so easy and affordable?
I buy my debi lilly design products exclusively at my local Albertsons and Safeway stores, and you can also find them at all of the Albertsons Companies family of stores, including ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Shaw’s, Star Market, United Express, United and Carrs/Safeway. Visit Albertsons.com or Safeway.com to find a store near you and discover more Valentine’s Day inspiration.
Since I wanted to keep things simple and elegant, I set the table with a linen table runner, white dinnerware, and some pretty napkins. I made the heart garland years ago by sewing together felt hearts of different colors and sizes. It only took a few minutes to make, but it adds a sweet touch. We pull it out every year for Valentine’s Day, and it always makes things feel festive!
For a sweet finishing touch, I cut some hearts out of card stock and left them on each of our plates so we could write down things that we love about each other. Sometimes life gets so busy that we forget to say those kind words to each other, so it’s nice to have a sweet little reminder of all the things we love about each other.
Time for Dessert!
Once I had the table nicely decorated, I got to work making a delicious and luscious dessert to share. My husband and I are both chocolate lovers, so I thought a molten chocolate cake would be perfect! Since it’s a simple recipe, with just a handful of ingredients, using high quality ingredients is a must. I found everything I needed at my local Albertsons store. Their O Organics® line has a wide variety of high-quality organic products at affordable prices, and their Lucerne dairy products are always fresh and high quality. If you’re looking for these O Organics and Lucerne products, you’ll need to hit your local Safeway and Albertsons stores, as they can only be found there.
To make the molten chocolate cakes, you’ll make a quick batter out of melted chocolate, butter, powdered sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, and a touch of cinnamon, then pour it into ramekins for baking.
The recipe makes enough to fill four 6-ounce ramekins, and you’ll want to fill them to within about 1/2 inch of the top. They’ll puff up a little as they bake, but they shouldn’t overflow the ramekins. Using a cookie sheet underneath is a good idea, though, just in case!
As they bake, the outside of the cakes will be firm, but the inside will stay melty and gooey and delicious. They smell so good while they are baking! Because the bake time is so short, they’re ready in about thirty minutes, start to finish.
Let the cakes cool for 5-10 minutes on the baking sheet, then invert them onto a plate. They’re much more difficult to remove while they’re piping hot, so it’s definitely worth it to wait a few minutes. I found the easiest way to invert them was to run a plastic knife around the inside of each ramekin to release the cake. I then placed the serving plate on top of the ramekin, and flipped them both upside down together. These cakes are delicious just sprinkled with a little powdered sugar, but if you want the full decadent experience (and who doesn’t?), you absolutely must top them with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce!
The outside of the cake is so tender and moist, and the inside is a gooey pool of rich chocolate. When combined with the ice cream and chocolate sauce, it is truly a heavenly dessert!
Chocolate Lava Cake
Chocolate Lava Cake
This luscious molten chocolate lava cake recipe will make your night at home one to remember!
- 1/2 cup Lucerne salted butter
- 4 ounces semisweet chocolate chopped
- 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
- 2 whole O Organics eggs
- 3 O Organics egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup flour
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 425. Spray four 6 ounce ramekins with cooking spray and place on a baking sheet.
Add the butter and chocolate to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for one minute, or until the butter is melted. Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir until the chocolate is completely melted.
Add the powdered sugar and stir until combined, then add the eggs, egg yolks, and vanilla, and stir until smooth. Add the flour and stir until combined. Divide the batter evenly between the ramekins.
Bake 13 minutes, then remove from the oven and let stand 5-10 minutes. Run a plastic knife around the edge of each cake to release it from the ramekin, then invert onto a plate.
Serve warm topped with ice cream and chocolate sauce, if desired.
This easy and elegant dessert date night is the perfect way to show your sweetheart how much you care!
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