Hot Cocoa Molten Lava Cakes + Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream

hot cocoa molten lava cakes with toasted marshmallow ice cream // Glazed & Confused

What makes the perfect dessert? 

As much as I'd like to say that the love put into any homemade dessert is perfect in my eyes, I'm quite the dessert snob. When I crave dessert, I crave something special. Some people can get off on just eating processed cupcakes and those super-airy lofthouse cookies from their local supermarket bakery. Don't even get me started on those who are satisfied by the terrible cheaa ice cream that's pumped with more air than actual cream. Simply put, I'm not one of those people. Call me picky. 

hot cocoa molten lava cakes with toasted marshmallow ice cream // Glazed & Confused
hot cocoa molten lava cakes with toasted marshmallow ice cream // Glazed & Confused

For me, the perfect dessert needs to have lots of differentiating elements. Sure, sometimes simple desserts are crazy delicious, but that's not what I crave. (Don't be fooled, I'll gladly eat your simple desserts, too!) To get into my secret club of perfect desserts, a dish needs to meet the following requirements — it needs to be rich, but not too heavy. Sweet, but with a nice balance of flavors. A mixture of hot and cold is a must. Always gooey and always creamy. That's it.

A few nights back, I decided that I had to create the dessert to end all cravings. After lots of tweaking, I emerged with a face full of chocolate and six little molten lava cakes just waiting to be penetrated. (I went there.) These aren't just any old chocolate fondants; I made them to taste just like hot cocoa. After unsuccessfully experimenting with baking whole marshmallows and later, marshmallow creme, into their centers, I decided on making a toasty marshmallow ice cream from scratch to top them off. So worth extra trouble and the "oh shit did I just cook my eggs with steaming hot milk?" 

hot cocoa molten lava cakes with toasted marshmallow ice cream // Glazed & Confused
hot cocoa molten lava cakes with toasted marshmallow ice cream // Glazed & Confused

These cakes are the perfect dessert indeed. And here's why: 

Rich: The chocolate content in this is totally through the roof. As much as I hate the word sinful for it's food-shaming quality, these are pretty damn sinful. 

Not-too-heavy: Despite the chocolate bomb, 

Sweet: Though most molten cakes are made with bittersweet or semisweet chocolates, the inclusion of Callebaut milk chocolate and hot cocoa powder makes these cakes perfectly sweet. 

..... but balanced: You might be thinking that's too sweet, but think again! I went to TOWN blowtorching my marshmallows for my ice cream. Seriously, give a Graham a blow torch and he'll make sure things are all kinds of toasted. The slight char of the 'mallows adds a smokey quality that really compliments the sweetness of the lava cakes. 

Hot,: It's served immediately out of a 425 degree oven.... 

yet simultaneously Cold: ....and then I throw a big ole scoop of homemade ice cream on top. 

Gooey: A single swipe of a knife through the center results in a giant pool of gooey uncooked chocolate billowing out from the cake's center. 

Creamy: The custard base of the ice cream is extra-thick and creamy. You don't know euphoria until you've experienced ice cream rapidly melting onto a river of hot chocolate. That's what's up! 

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Hot Chocolate Molten Cakes 

  • 8 oz. milk chocolate
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 3 whole eggs + 3 egg yolks 
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 0.7-oz. packages instant hot cocoa powder 

Preheat oven to 425 F and grease six 6 oz. custard cups. 

In medium bowl over a pan of simmering water, melt together the chocolate and butter until combined. Once thoroughly mixed, remove from heat. Stir in the flour and sugar. Mix in the eggs and the yolks and whisk until smooth. Fold in the vanilla and instant hot cocoa powder. 

Divide the batter into the prepared cups and bake for 12 minutes. The edges of the cake will be cooked, but the middle may look a bit runny. Remove from cups and serve immediately with ice cream. 

Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream 

(adapted from this

  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups (470 ml) whole milk
  • 1 cup (235 ml) heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup (66 grams) sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 9 ounces (200 grams) marshmallows 


  1. To make the custard base, combine the whole milk and sugar in a saucepan over medium high heat. Heat the mixture until steaming and bubbles appear at the edges, do not boil. Meanwhile, whisk together the egg yolks in a large bowl. Slowly add the heated milk mixture to the egg yolks while whisking constantly. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat until thickened and coats the back of a spoon, stirring frequently. Pour mixture through a mesh strainer into a large bowl. Add the heavy cream, vanilla extract, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Spread the marshmallows out on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silpat. Toast the marshmallows with a kitchen torch or an oven broiler. If you use a broiler, place the oven rack as high as possible and watch the marshmallows very closely to ensure they don't burn. Rotate the marshmallows so that they are evenly toasted on each side. 
  3. In a blender, add the custard mixture and the toasted marshmallows and puree until smooth. Chill completely in the fridge. Freeze in an ice cream machine according to the manufacturer's instructions. Let harden in the freezer for an addition few hours before serving.

Fluffernutter Sandwich Cookies

Welcome to the partially new Glazed & Confused! I've been toying around with my layout over the past few weeks and decided to finally make the switch this weekend. There's still some things to be added, redesigned, and put into place. A bigger post showcasing all of the new features and pretty things should be coming at the end of the week. Until then, let's talk cookies. 

I was going to wait another to make a post about these, but I just couldn't keep these away from you guys any bit longer.


I have a confession, I've never had a legit fluffernutter sandwich. I'm going to go ahead and guess that it's just not a Southern thing? But don't worry, I got my fair share of ultra-fattening substances spread onto slices of bunny bread. Case in point: condensed milk sandwiches. I refuse to elaborate out of pure shame.


It wasn't until I started baking that I discovered the (***)flawless combination that is peanut butter and marshmallow fluff. That shit is magical.

Naturally, the next step would be transform the fluffernutter sandwich into a dessert. I'll be honest, these cookies are nothing that innovative or different. They're just damn good

Fluffernutter Sandwich Cookies 

  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (do not use natural peanut butter)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, melted
  • 1 container of marshmallow fluff

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add in the peanut butter. Mix in the egg and vanilla. Add in all of the dry ingredients and combine. 

Scoop tablespoon-sized balls of cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake cookies for 10 minutes. Add a sprinkle of sea salt on top of each cookie. Don't leave that out! 

Once cool, spread a small amount of marshmallow fluff in between each cookies. Move cookies to fridge for 30 minutes. Afterwards, dip each cookie into the melted semi-sweet chocolate and place on wax paper. Once set, enjoy with a huge glass of milk.