Dinner Diva Red Velvet Lava Cakes With Cream Cheese Ice Cream

Red Velvet Lava Cakes with Cream Cheese Ice Cream


I remember back when I was a student doing my second year in 2004, we had a project whereby we had to do a demonstration using a company’s products.

We were grouped in pairs.  Our company was a dairy company based in Stellenbosch.  The project entailed going to the company’s premises and get all the information needed for the demonstration.  After all we had to demonstrate a three course meal using their products.

We got there and they were very nice people they even organised their chef to prepare a quiche and a double chocolate cake for us.  Being a student that was like a dream!  Using today’s language I would say it was the ish!  None of our classmates received that kind of treatment from the companies they worked with.  They gave us recipes as well.  One of those recipes was a chocolate lava cake recipe.  I demonstrated that for my desert.  It was di-vi-ne!

For Dinner Diva menu, I decided to throw a wild card….I remembered the lava cake recipe then went through my documents from my student days and luckily I found it.  Everyone does chocolate these days so I decided to tweak the recipe a bit and do red velvet.

We all know red velvet cake wouldn’t be as good without that cream cheese icing.  Hence the cream cheese ice cream which balances out the sweetness of the cakes.  The recipe is very easy to prepare.  On the show I only had 15 minutes left when I started preparing it….Try it for your family, friends or guests and let me know what they think.  Happy Baking!

Red Velvet Lava Cakes Recipe

Serves: 6

100g butter

200g white chocolate

4 Nulaid eggs

4 Nulaid egg yolks

15ml (1Tbsp) crimson pink colour

5ml (1tsp) vanilla essence

5ml (1tsp) caramel liquor (optional)

250ml castor sugar

175ml flour

45ml (3Tbsp) cocoa powder


  1. Preheat oven to 200۫C.  Grease 4 dariole moulds.
  2. Melt butter and white chocolate in a double boiler.  Allow to cool.
  3. Whisk together eggs, egg yolks, colour, vanilla essence and sugar until thick and pale.
  4. Foil in chocolate, then sieve the flour and cocoa powder in the mixture and fold in.
  5. Pour batter into moulds and bake for 10-15 minutes.  Surface must be firm and inside thick and runny.
  6. Allow to rest for 2-5 minutes before serving.
  7. Dust with icing sugar (optional) and serve with Cream Cheese Ice Cream and roasted almond flakes.

Cream Cheese Ice Cream Recipe

500ml vanilla ice cream

90ml cream cheese


  1. Mix until combined.  Keep in the freezer until serving time.


About Author


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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