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Chocolate lava cake is a magical fusion of a rich, flourless chocolate cake and a souffle. The molten chocolate center, which runs onto your plate when punctured with a fork, is guaranteed to be the downfall of every chocoholic.
Once popular in the 1950s and ‘60s, the cakes began disappearing from menus in the 1980s because they’re so temperamental and labor-intensive to make. We’ve thankfully found our chocolate fix again with the downtown popup Chez Chloe, which is reinterpreting this classic French dessert for modern foodies.
Chez Chloe’s decadent little cakes are prepared by hand, by Chloe Sabatier, who moved to Detroit from Paris in 2012. The cakes are still commonly found on restaurant menus throughout Paris – even casual spots – but not as widely available here in the U.S. Baking lava cakes started as a hobby for Chloe, but as demand grew for her irresistible treats she started selling them at farmer’s markets and working with FoodLab to help launch her business.
You’ll fall in love with these lava cakes after just one bite. Chez Chloe’s assortment of incredible flavors reminds us just how many things pair well with chocolate. Aside from the original dark chocolate, there’s peanut butter, coconut, salted caramel, and occasionally special flavors like raspberry pistachio. The salted caramel flavor is to-die-for. The dense, intensely chocolate cake has a warm, gooey caramel and chocolate center that makes you want to cry out in ecstasy. A sprinkle of salt cuts the sweetness of the caramel and rounds out the flavor.
Chloe’s current special is the Dulcey lava cake, made with Valrhona chocolate, straight from Lyon, France. This not-too-sweet cake has intense biscuity flavor and a pinch of salt. It’s on the menu now through April 30.
Lava cakes are available by special order through Chez Chloe’s website or via email, and you can buy them in person at Eastern Market on Saturdays, inside Shed 5. Each lava cake costs $5, but if you buy three at Eastern Market your fourth cake is free. Mini cakes cost $1 each.
Chez Chloe delivers to locations across Metro Detroit on Tuesdays and Fridays. You can also score some of these delicious treats at spots around town like Always Brewing, Great Lakes Coffee, Motor City Wine, and Le Petit Zinc.