Volcanic Chocolate Truffle Cakes!

"I developed this recipe specifically for RSC, intended for the adventurer. One might look at the ingredients and be hesitant, but this isn't one of those recipes you'll make to use up ingredients on hand. This is a recipe you'll run out to get chickpeas (garbanzo beans) for! I PROMISE YOU. I had several people try these, not knowing the ingredients it was made with. None of them had a clue that there were chickpeas in this. They all loved it and two of them wanted seconds (the others were too full!). This is a delicious dessert, that is much healthier! Don't let the instructions scare you. It's really simple!!!! I do hope you enjoy!"
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Ready In:
1hr 20mins
6 ramekins




  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Butter 6 individual ramekins lightly.
  • Now, you will want to melt your chocolate with the 2 Tablespoons of butter over lower heat, stirring often.
  • Set aside to cool a bit.
  • In a food processor or in a blender, process chickpeas, egg, milk, yogurt, orange juice, brown sugar and baking powder.
  • Then add your melted chocolate mixture after it has cooled a bit, and process until it is completely mixed through.
  • in a bowl sift flour and baking powder together.
  • Add the flour mixture to the processor and process until thoroughly combined.
  • Transfer mixture to a large clean (preferably glass) bowl, and then fold in your chopped pistachios.
  • Pour mixture into your prepared 6 ramekins.
  • Put into a baking dish and fill with boiling water 1/2 way up the ramekins.
  • Bake in your preheated oven for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour (depending on your oven).
  • I made them twice, and they took 45 minutes the first time, and 56 minutes the second time, so that tells you that my oven is screwy!
  • NOTE: You will notice that these will look like an exploding volcano when u take them out of the oven, but this is perfectly normal.
  • You will allow them to cool completely, cover them with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  • When they come out of the fridge, they will set back down completely!
  • After chilling, you will want to take your strawberries, remove the tops, clean them, and cut thin "sticks" out of the strawberries.
  • Toss damp strawberry sticks with desired amount of confectioners' sugar, and set aside.
  • Take out your whipping cream, and whip with 1 teaspoon sugar and 1/4 teaspoon extract until stiff peaks form (to your desired consistency).
  • Take out your ramekins, arrange strawberry sticks in a fancy pattern on top, dividing evenly among all 6 ramekins.
  • Top with a dollop of your whipped cream, and sprinkle with ground pistachios.
  • Serve!
  • You may want to make a double batch, because everyone will want seconds!

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  1. YaYa1689
    This was delictable but the size of the ramekins needs to be stated. The addition of chickpeas was a little strange.
  2. rmf917
    It was ok. The flavor was alright--not bad but nothing stellar. Also, maybe it was just the way I prepared it, but the consistency was a bit weird. Worth making, but I probably won't be making it again.
  3. grovinchicken
    It's a taste explosion in your mouth.
  4. Amis227
    this was good. i would have to say different but definately good. the kids loved it.
  5. Jodi Consoli
    It's hard to go wrong with a name that includes the words 'volcanic', 'chocolate', and 'truffle'... this recipe was easy to make and turned out great! The hardest part was finding where my grocery store kept the pistachios and then, of course, waiting for them to cool so I could eat! My husband was not interested in trying a cake that was made with garbonzo beans (what we call chickpeas). But that's ok, it just means more for me! I found it to be a light dessert although I expected to be very rich. But it was just right. I felt satisfide, and at the same time, not like I had gone overboard feeding my chocolate craving. And, strawberries and cream were just right to top it off.


Since April 2008, I have been a vegetarian. I dont eat creatures...that's the easiest way to put it! :D I still eat a small amount of dairy, but not very much. I have been missing around here for a while, and hope to poke my head in a bit more often from now on... I hope you enjoy my recipes...
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