December 2, 2010

Molten chocolate lava cake

Cutting into a molten chocolate lava cake.
These little cakes are the perfect way to satisfy a chocolate craving. They are a tasty single-serving treat for when you want a dessert that is warm and gooey and full of chocolate. I've made these cakes twice now and they do not disappoint. I found this recipe when I was looking for a way replicate these cakes at home (I've had a similar dessert at a restaurant). I changed it a little bit and found it was a perfect way to make one for each of us. I must admit that once I got to the last couple of bites, I had my fill of chocolate. They are a pretty sweet treat, but they are good as an occasionally dessert! This recipe makes two little cakes in individual ramekins.

Molten chocolate lava cake
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate 
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 egg at room temperature
1 egg yolk at room temperature
3 tablespoons flour (I used white whole wheat)
pinch of sea salt

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Spray two ramekins (4 oz.) with non-stick cooking spray.

Warm the chocolate over low heat in a small pot, whisking occasionally. Once it is almost melted, add the butter. Whisk the chocolate and butter together until they are melted and smooth and remove from heat. Whisk in the icing sugar and salt until combined. Whisk in the egg and egg yolk. Stir in the flour until combined. 

Divide the batter between the two ramekins. Place on a baking sheet and bake for approximately 12-14 minutes (watch them to make sure they don't overcook). You want the outsides to be firm, but the center to be soft. 

Let sit for one minute. Carefully invert the ramekins and remove the cakes. Top with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Molten chocolate lava cake topped with vanilla ice cream.

1 comment:

  1. These are right up my alley! I made them once a few years ago - I need to make them again.


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