Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Molten Lava Cakes

This recipe comes from Our Best Bites. I tried this recipe last night and it was heavenly chocolate goodness! Here is the post with more information about this recipe. Read my tip below.

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

Additional Ingredients:
powdered sugar for dusting
sweetened whipped cream for serving
butter and sugar for preparing pans

You can either bake these in a muffin pan, in ramekins, or even oven-proof
mugs. 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 discard.

In a bowl with a mixer beat the 4 T butter and 1/3 C 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. (If using ramekins you'll want them not quite 3/4 full).

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.

You can serve them one of two ways. Obviously if you're using a muffin pan you'll need to invert the cakes and place them on serving plates. They should pop right out after you run a sharp knife around the edge. Since I had these darling pink heart dishes I served mine
right in the dish. You're the cook, do what you want! Dust with powdered sugar and serve with a dallop of sweetened whipped cream.

Tiffani's tip: Don't overbake these. I baked mine in a silicone cupcake pan (I doubled it to make 12 cakes) and baked it for 10 minutes. I still thought it was too jiggly so I baked it for another 3 minutes. I think I could have pulled it out two minutes earlier - but it was tough to tell.

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