Chocolate lava cakes are the perfect dessert for special occasions such as Valentine's Day, wedding anniversaries, or the one night a week you can get the whole family around the table. Make this chocolate dessert in either your slow cooker or pressure cooker to make it as convenient as it is delicious.
Grease four 5- to 6-oz. ramekins. In a medium microwave-safe bowl melt chocolate and butter on 50% power for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 20 seconds. Stir in sugar and salt. Whisk in eggs, orange liqueur, and vanilla. Fold in flour and orange zest. Spoon batter into ramekins. Cover dishes with foil.
Fast 9 minute cook time
Place a steam rack in a 6-qt. electric or stove-top pressure cooker. Add 1 cup water to pot. Place three ramekins on steam rack; place remaining one ramekin staggered on top. Lock lid in place. Set electric cooker on high pressure 9 minutes. For stove-top cooker, bring up to pressure over medium-high heat; reduce heat enough to maintain steady (but not excessive) pressure. Cook 9 minutes. Remove from heat. For both models, release pressure quickly. Remove lid. Let ramekins stand in cooker 10 minutes. Carefully remove ramekins from cooker. Serve warm. If desired, dust with powdered sugar and sprinkle with orange zest just before serving.
Slow 1 3/4 low cook time
Add 2 cups water to a 5- to 6-qt. slow cooker (1/2-inch water). Carefully arrange filled ramekins in water in the cooker. Cover and cook 1 3/4 to 2 hours on low or until cakes are just set. Remove lid. Let ramekins stand in cooker 10 minutes. Carefully remove ramekins from cooker. Serve warm. If desired, dust with powdered sugar and sprinkle with orange zest just before serving.