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Not sure what to serve at the end of an at-home date night? The Pioneer Woman has the answer. Ree Drummond’s Dulce de Leche Lava Cakes are a perfect treat for two. Round out a romantic meal with the easy Pioneer Woman dessert recipe that doesn’t take long to make. As an added bonus, the lava cakes require little more than a handful of ingredients. 

Make Ree Drummond’s Dulce de Leche Lava Cakes using 8 ingredients

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Drummond’s Dulce de Leche Lava Cakes show just how easy it can be to make dessert. Featured on the “Home Sweet Home: Just For Two” episode of her Food Network show, The Pioneer Woman, the lava cakes are almost exclusively a pantry dessert. 

Drummond, who doesn’t actually film The Pioneer Woman cooking show at home, uses ingredients found in most kitchens. On the ingredient list are staples such as butter, sugar, vanilla extract, and eggs. 

The only two ingredients that might require a trip to the grocery store are vanilla ice cream, which Drummond serves alongside the cakes, and dulce de leche, the star ingredient. 

For those who happen to have a can or two of dulce de leche in the kitchen, no trip to the grocery is necessary. Simply skip the ice cream and serve the cakes alone. 

Prep the cakes in 15 minutes

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It just keeps getting better with Drummond’s Dulce De Leche Lava Cakes. Not only do are they made using less than 10 ingredients but they can also be prepped in a matter of minutes. According to Food Network’s estimate, 15 minutes of prep work is all that it takes before the cakes go in the oven. 

Similar to a standard cake recipe, the wet and dry ingredients are prepared separately before they’re ultimately combined to form the batter. Then it’s divided into ramekins and the cakes are ready to be baked. 

How to make Ree Drummond’s Dulce de Leche Lava Cakes


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Make Drummond’s Dulce de Leche Lava Cakes in three steps. First, preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Then generously grease two ramekins with cooking spray or butter and put them on a sheet pan. 

Now for the cakes. Warm the dulce de leche, the cakes’ namesake, in the microwave with butter. Once the butter melts whisk the mixture until it’s smooth. Then stir in powdered sugar until everything is combined. Whisk in an egg and egg yolk followed by the vanilla extract. 

Finally, stir in the flour and divide the batter evenly between the two ramekins. Bake them for anywhere from 11 to 13 minutes. When the cakes have firm edges and soft centers they’re done. 

Let them cool for a minute. Then carefully run a knife around the edge of each cake to make them easier to remove from the ramekins. Next, tip them over on separate plates. Finally, sprinkle each warm lava cake with powdered sugar and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.