You know those chocolate lava cakes that are always on the dessert menu? I made one that has PUMPKIN and BUTTERSCOTCH flavors! It is soft, tender, and guaranteed to spill delicious cake lava alll over your plate. Fall baking is the best right??
I’m pretty sure I’ve been to the grocery store every day so far this week. Does that ever happen to you? It is total feast or famine around here. I’m either at the store every day or haven’t gone in 3 weeks and we’re living off of frozen fish sticks, smoothies, and string cheese.
Anyway, I was at the store and saw they had a new crop of apples. SO EXCITING! Have you ever noticed just how bad the apples get in late August when you’re eating last year’s apples? (Mealy! Bruised! Ugh!) But a new crop! YES. I love California. (Are you getting excited for upcoming apple recipes?? I am!)
Then I asked one of the grocery clerks where all the mini pumpkins were, and she was just like, um….later. (Come on, don’t you guys know I need them for pumpkin lava cake photos?? This is totally normal.)
I also asked another clerk for help finding apple butter (do you think they’ll be irritated that I’m trying to make it fall when it’s 107 degrees outside?) He started walking away and there was that moment where you’re not sure if you’re supposed to follow or stay put, you know what I’m talking about? I decided to stay and he came back 2 years later with the last jar of apple butter in the store, having journeyed to the fires of Mordor and back, I’m pretty sure. Poor guy’s probably scarred for having to search half his life for obscure fall baking ingredients for the Grocery Lurker (that’s me).
The photo on the right is the butterscotch and butter mixed together. You can see that the butter is separated a little, that’s ok.
I’ve never used graham cracker crumbs as a nonstick layer before but it worked great! I’m sure I’ll use it again!
^^Do you see those dark edges? I promise it’s not burned. It’s delightfully chewy, and trust me, when your mouth is dealing with something so sweet and, well, MOLTEN, you are going to so enjoy that chewy edge. (Something magic happens with the edges of cakes made with butterscotch + pumpkin. You know how the edges of cakes are usually dry and tough? This one instead turns into magical brownie chewiness. Same thing happens with my Butterscotch Pumpkin Cake, as well as The Best Chocolate Cake I’ve Ever Had (<<although that one doesn’t have pumpkin or butterscotch. It just defies all the boundaries of normal cakes. You definitely need to try it.)
These cakes are so, so easy. It’s kind of shocking, because they seem like they should be fussy. (I mean, lava center??) I’d never even made molten lava cakes before this week (Although they are always my first choice at restaurants. It doesn’t matter how fancy the other desserts are; if there is a lava cake I am ALL OVER IT. Kind of like how I’m that boring person who always gets Cookies and Cream when we go out for ice cream, but hey guess who’s never unhappy with their flavor? This girl.)
You could easily double this recipe if you had 8 custard cups. It’s a super impressive dessert for a party!
P.S. This has nothing to do with anything, but I found this Cranberry Vanilla Cinnamon Smoothie recipe on Cathy’s blog and I’m SUPER excited to try it out! Cranberries and Christmas here we come!! All you holiday haters, get outta here! :)
Pumpkin Butterscotch Molten Lava Cakes
- 1 cup butterscotch chips
- 11 tablespoons butter
- 3 egg yolks
- 3/4 cup pumpkin, NOT pumpkin pie filling
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup flour, spooned and leveled
- 4 teaspoons graham cracker crumbs , mounded teaspoons
- butterscotch chips, extra to garnish
- vanilla ice cream
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- In a medium bowl, add butterscotch chips and butter. Melt in the microwave for 1 minute. The butter should be mostly melted. Stir it together, and microwave 20-30 more seconds, stirring until the butterscotch chips are smooth. The butter will not fully incorporate into the butterscotch; it will look separated. That's okay. Just makes sure you get all the lumps of butterscotch smoothed out and you're golden. (see photo)
- In another bowl, beat egg yolks with pumpkin. Stir in the brown sugar.
- Add the butterscotch to the pumpkin mixture, as well as the flour. Whisk it all together until all the lumps are gone.
- Add a mounded teaspoon of graham cracker crumbs to each custard cup. Shake it around to coat the bottom of the cup well, then turn it on it's side over the sink and tap it, turning the cup, until all the sides are coated with a very generous layer of graham cracker crumbs. (You could absolutely crush your own graham crackers, you will probably need 1 or 2 full sheets. I just bought the pre-made ones at the store.)
- Place each custard cup on a rimmed baking sheet.
- Divide the batter evenly between the 4 custard cups. Smooth the tops with a spoon.
- Bake at 425 for about 23 minutes. This will vary of course. You want to top to be set and not shiny. It's okay if there is a little wiggle when you shake the pan, but it shouldn't look like liquid. The edges should be brown. You can see in one of the pictures that after it has cooled down, there is a beautiful dark spot in the middle, just like every decent cookie. Don't bother testing with a toothpick. There's lava in there!!
- Let the cakes set up in their ramekins for at least 3-5 minutes. Then use a butter knife to loosen the edges of each cake. Place a small serving plate upside down on top of the custard cup and flip it over.
- Serve each cake with a sprinkle of butterscotch chips, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and My Favorite Caramel Sauce*.
This recipe is adapted (to include pumpkin) from this Molten Butterscotch Cake recipe, from Betty Crocker. I tried it last week with Kraft caramel bits instead of butterscotch, which you could also try. It was really good, though it didn't rise as much.
Tis the season to be jolly! Tis the season for PUMPKIN!
Butterscotch Pumpkin Cake This cake is very brownie-like in texture.
Easy Pumpkin Pie Cake << soooo easy.
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins << these are everywhere for good reason!
More great Pumpkin-Butterscotch duos: