Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Decadent molten chocolate lava cake

There are four basic food groups: milk chocolate, dark
chocolate, white chocolate, and chocolate truffles
- Anonymous

Oh Anonymous, how well you understand me. If only you disclosed your name, I would go searching for you because you are obviously my chocolate soul mate. :)

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a chocoholic. I love chocolate in all its forms, colors and sizes - dark, white, fudge, ice cream, cake, you name it. So when I saw a recipe for this luscious lava cake, I couldn't resist. The best part is it was so incredibly easy and quick to make! It came out perfect - a rich chocolate cake oozing with warm, gooey chocolate. The trick is not to overcook the cake; if you do, you won't get the fudgy center.

Chocolate makes me happy and it doesn't get more chocolate-y than this. While eating this, I was whisked away to Chocolateland for 5 mins of pure bliss. Ahh...Already looking forward to the next time I'll be able to enjoy these again...

Molten Chocolate Lava Cake
Adapted from Evernew Recipes
Makes 6 small cakes

4 large eggs
2 egg yolks
3/4 cup unsalted butter
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 pinch salt
2 tablespoons cocoa powder and extra for dusting

1. Preheat the oven to 450F.
2. Grease your ramekins or muffin tin with butter. (Grease well because these cakes like to stick!) Then dust the ramekins with cocoa powder.
3. Melt butter and chocolate in microwave or over double boiler. Add cocoa powder and salt to mixture and set aside.
4. In a medium mixing bowl, beat eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Pour in chocolate mixture and mix until well blended. Stir in flour.
5. Pour evenly into 6 ramekins. Bake for 13-15 minutes. Do not overcook!
6. Run a knife around the outside of the ramekin, invert onto a dessert plate and dust with icing sugar.

Serve warm with strawberries or raspberries and there you have it, a luscious and decadent chocolate dessert, perfect for Valentine's Day (or any day of the year really). Enjoy all the chocolateness it has to offer!


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