My California Grill chocolate lava cake experience

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Lava Cake from Flickr By BenSeeseIf you’re at all talented in the kitchen, then you MUST try to replicate this dessert recipe.

The first time I ever dined at the California Grill at Walt Disney World I was attending a conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs with some colleagues from work. I was desperate to have dinner in this restaurant while the lights were dimmed, the music swelled and the Fantasy in the Sky fireworks soared outside. I was ecstatic when I managed to snag a reservation at the last minute.

The California Gill is located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, so after the conference sessions were over for the day, we drove over to check the place out at our leisure. Finally it was time for dinner! I don’t remember what my entree was, but you know it was good because, hey, this is the Cali Grill we’re talking about. I do know that I ordered this chocolate lava cake dessert – and it arrived swimming in a sea of warm peanut butter sauce.  I cut into it and it OOZED chocolate sauce – flowed just like lava, hence the name. Sopped up some of the peanut butter sauce and popped a piece in my mouth. Oh.  My.  GAWD!

Lava Cake From Shula

It’s good, but where’s the pool
of warm peanut butter sauce?

I made a few subsequent visits to the California Grill and always ordered the chocolate lava cake for dessert… until one night the server regretted to tell me that the California Grill had rotated it out of their menu in favor of some fresh, new dessert offerings. I was crushed and devastated. I’ve ocassionally tried ordering chocolate lava cake at other restaurants, but no one makes it the way the California Grill did, and no one thinks to set it into a warm, shallow pool of peanut butter sauce.

This is why I’m so thrilled to see it on the menu again for the Cali Grill’s anniversary! And now we have the recipe too – well, except for the peanut butter sauce. I’m going to have to extort that out of someone at the restaurant 😉

If you like to bake, then why not give it a whirl and let me know how it went! According to the receipe, you’ll need some 3.5″ ramekins. You can even come to my house to make it 😉 – I have an oven, and I’ll clean up!

Chocolate Lava Cake from the California Grill | from

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6 thoughts on “My California Grill chocolate lava cake experience”

  1. Tink,

    Here are a couple of recipes I found ‘surfing’! See if they sound right!! One with milk, the other with cream….

    Warm Peanut Butter Sauce

    1 cup Domino Granulated Sugar
    3/4 cup milk
    1 tablespoon light corn syrup
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    6 tablespoons Creamy USA-Grown Peanut Butter
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

    1. Stir together first 4 ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until thickened and sugar is dissolved. Stir in peanut but-ter until smooth. Remove from heat, andstir in vanilla. Whisk before serving.

    And one more!!

    Peanut Butter Sauce

    3 tbsp of corn syrup
    1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
    1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    1/2 cup of cream

    Melt the ingredients together and mix them well.
    Serve warm.

  2. Wow, thanks! 🙂 I guess I will have to try them both to see which one is closer. Off the top of my head, I’m going to guess it’s the first one – the cream in the second one sounds like it just might dilute the peanut-butteriness of it all. Well, we shall see!


  3. I make Lave Cakes! I used to make them for a little cafe I worked at in Clearwater and they always sold out. I’ve never floated them in peanut butter sauce, but that sounds incredible! I’ve got the ramekins, so stop on by any time and we can do some serious damage to my diet.

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