For Valentine’s I decided to try these Molten Lava Cakes for me and my hubby for dessert. I found this recipe at a site called ourbestbites.com. I decided to give it a try. Several of the other recipes I had required additional egg yolks or separating the eggs and beating up the whites. This one seemed simple and could be done in 30 minutes. One thing they suggest on the site for this recipe is to make sure you use bittersweet chocolate and not substitute semi sweet or milk chocolate. It will be way too sweet if you do that. This dessert will definitely impress. It was oh so yummy, but oh so rich. I was barely able to finish one. I made them in 4 ramekins. I served this as suggested with sweetened whipped cream, but that didn’t work for me. So we took out some vanilla ice cream from the freezer and ate these with that. I really need the ice cream to balance out the rich chocolate and the whipped cream didn’t do that for me. I will definitely hold on to this recipe, but save it for special occasion or when I have a dinner party and really want to wow my guests. It was simple to make and very delicious. And the lava center was perfect for my. I like it thick and gooey, not thin and runny. It was perfection.
Molten Lava Cakes
4 T real butter
1/3 C sugar
3 large eggs
1/3 C flour
1/4 t salt
8 oz bittersweet chocolate*, melted
*8 ounces is about 1 1/3 C of bittersweet chocolate chips. Make the 1/3 cup a little over-full and you should be good
conf. sugar for dusting
sweetened whipped cream for serving (I highly recommend vanilla ice cream instead)
butter and sugar for preparing pans
You can either bake these in a muffin tin, in ramekins, or even a oven-proof mug. If you use a muffin tin you’ll get 6 cakes and depending on the size of the ramekins you’ll get 4-6.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
To prepare pans, use your fingers (or the butter wrapper) to rub butter in the muffin tins or ramekins. Sprinkle in some granulated sugar to coat the entire inner surface and tap out any extra and discard.
In a bowl with a mixer beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour and salt and slowly add it into the butter mixture just until combined. Stir in melted chocolate by hand, just until combined. Don’t over mix.
Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups or ramekins and then place them on a baking sheet.
Bake just until tops of cakes no longer jiggle when pan is lightly shaken, about 8-10 min for a muffin pan, and 10-12 for ramekins. Remove from oven and let stand 10 min.
If using muffin tins, invert the tin and place an individual cake on each serving plate. You can do the same with the ramekins, or just serve them as is. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream (or I prefer a good scoop of vanilla ice cream).