Salted Caramel and Spiced Apple Lava Cakes

"Moist apple spiced cake that hides a molten salted caramel interior. It's like fall on a plate, but better, because anything with salted caramel and apples is ten times better."
-- @michellebessudo
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Prep time 2hrs 15mins
Cook time 15mins
Serves or Makes: 6

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For the Salted Caramel Center


  • 1/4 cup dulce de leche
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter

To Make the Salted Caramel Center


  • Step 1

    Mix all ingredients together. Place the caramel mixture in the freezer to firm up for 2 hours. It will feel like a firm tacky caramel.

For the Spiced Apple Cake


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 apple, freshly grated

To Make the Spiced Apple Cake

  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 4 ramekins. If your ramekins are very small then you will be able to make 6.

  • Step 2

    Whisk together flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt and baking bowder in a medium bowl. Set aside.

  • Step 3

    Beat together the butter, sugar and vanilla extract in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium-high until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl each time.

  • Step 4

    On low speed, mix in dry ingredients just until combined. Add the grated apple and mix, scraping down the bowl as needed, until distributed.

  • Step 5

    Pour a couple tablespoons of batter into a ramekin, filling about halfway. Add a spoonful of salted caramel to the ramekin, then top with another spoonful of batter. Repeat until all the batter is used.

  • Step 6

    Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until just cooked. If the cakes are overcooked then the filling will get absorbed into the cake.

  • Step 7

    Unmold from the ramekins and serve while hot. If the cakes are allowed to cool completely the caramel center will also disappear.

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