Friday, July 2, 2010
Chocolate Lava Cake
Chocolate Lava Cake
-recipe from Noob Cook
makes three 6-oz ramekin cakes
100g dark chocolate, break into small cubes
100g unsalted butter, cut to small cubes
50g caster sugar
20g self-raising flour
1. Melt dark chocolate and butter using either the microwave, a hot water bath or a double boiler.
2. In a large bowl, use an electric whisk to beat the eggs and sugar till the mixture turns pale and frothy (~2-3 minutes).
3. Pour melted chocolate/butter you prepared in step 1, into the egg mixture prepared in step 2 (make sure the melted chocolate/butter mixture is not too hot or it will cook the eggs). Stir in the flour. Use a spatula to mix everything evenly.
4. Grease your ramekins with some melted butter (I also coated them with cocoa powder). Fill the ramekin almost 3/4 full with the chocolate mixture and bake in a preheated oven of 356F for about 10 minutes or until the cake has a high rounded dome and a single crack that may ooze a bit of chocolate. (Adjust if you are using different size ramekins; my 4-oz ramekin took ~5 minutes).
5. Remove ramekin from oven and let cool for 1-2 minutes. Use a spoon to gently loosen the edges. Carefully invert the cake onto serving plate.
*If you are using different size ramekins like me, be sure to bake for less time when you are using the smaller ramekins or you will over bake and just get a moist chocolate cake. Still mucho delicious but it defeats the idea of a lava cake! Usually I just keep an eye on them and take them out when they raised to a high dome shape.
I was overwhelmed by the creamy chocolate when I had my first bite of the chocolate lava cake (first time trying one). It was super creamy and.. it makes me feel like a fatty after just one bite. But still, I couldn't control myself and licked every last drop of the chocolate "lava" on my plate. (If you ever have a strong craving for intensely rich chocolate and some room for a few lbs, this is no doubt the recipe to try out!) I personally prefer my chocolate lava cake to be 30% liquid and 70% cake. Experimenting with the baking time for just 2 cakes got me my perfect balance of oozy chocolate and chocolate cake(: These extremely rich chocolicious cake are best topped with some powdered sugar and served with a scoopful of vanilla ice cream or a swirl of whipped cream!
3.5 stars out of 5. It gives me a guilt trip with each bite I took ):