Breckenridge Brewery and Half Baked Harvest team up to make Valentine’s Day magic

Molten Chocolate Lava Cake and Vanilla Porter. Image courtesy of Breckenridge Brewery.
Molten Chocolate Lava Cake and Vanilla Porter. Image courtesy of Breckenridge Brewery. /

From special recipes to a Valentine’s Day care package, Breckenridge Brewery and Half Baked Harvest have come together to help create a magical, romantic dinner.

If there is one drink in the Breckenridge Brewery that is not only versatile but also delicious, it would have to be their Vanilla Porter. With one sip, you may end up finding a new favorite drink from the brewery. However, the fact that it is also perfect for creating decadent dishes makes this a must have when it comes to whipping up the perfect Valentine’s dinner for you and a loved one.

With the help of Half Baked Harvest’s Tieghan Gerard, Vanilla Porter fans can now create two dishes (a dinner and a dessert) that will satisfy any food lover, while also making your Valentine’s dinner magical.

As part of the partnership between Half Baked Harvest and Breckenridge Brewery, they are giving us a recipe for creamy brown butter mushroom chicken, as well as the vanilla porter molten chocolate cakes with mascarpone whipped cream!  Maybe it is me, but this sounds like romance on a plate no matter which of these recipes you choose to create.

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If you’d like to create either of these dishes for yourself, you can check out the recipes here. Of course, we aren’t going to send you away without at least offering up our favorite recipe – the Vanilla Porter Molten Chocolate Cakes!

Ingredients Needed:

  • 8 oz dark chocolate (chopped, diced, shredded)
  • 8 tablespoons of salted butter
  • 1/2 cup of the Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery
  • 6 large eggs brought to room temperature
  • 3/4 cups of sugar
  • 1/3 cup of flour
  • 4 squares of milk chocolate (you can also use semi-sweet)
  • Cocoa Powder or shavings (use for the decorative serving aspect of the recipe)
  • Softened butter (use for greasing ramekins)
  • Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for topping


Set up your oven with a rack in the center. Heat to 375 degrees and pre-grease four small ramekins with the softened butter.

Using a smaller saucepan over lower heat, melt your butter and dark chocolate. Make sure you are stirring these two ingredients together until they are smooth and well-combined. Take the melted mixture off the heat and then stir in the Vanilla Porter.

In a medium sized bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, three whole eggs, and three egg yolks. Once it’s all mixed together then add in the melted chocolate and beer mixture. Stir until everything is combined and you have a batter that is ready to be divided into your ramekins for baking. Divide your chocolate batter into your greased ramekins and then stick your chocolate square into the middle of the batter.

Take a cookie/baking sheet and place the four ramekins on evenly distance on the baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until the sides of the cake has set (the center will still be loose). Pull the ramekins out of the oven and let cool for a minute before running a knife along the sides and then turn upside down onto a plate so the cake comes out for eating. Remove the ramekins and then prepare for indulging by adding a dollop of whipped cream (or the ice cream if preferred) on top and then dust it with the cocoa powder.

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With Breckenridge Brewery and Half Baked Harvest, you can celebrate Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, or just any day. And with how easy these recipes really are, you can enjoy a decadent meal at any time.

Have you tried the Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery? What did you think? Have you used it in cooking or baking before? Will you try these recipes? Tell us in the comments.