Saturday, January 28, 2012

Lava Cakes Galore!

Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes
Alright.  Let me just start this off by saying these are to die for!  Delicious.  Simply delicious.  & surprisingly easy to make.  They only take about 25 minutes. The trickiest part was definitely flipping the cakes from their containers, but otherwise it was all very simple.  I let my dad flip the first 6, then I did the last two.  The one pictured is one that I flipped! :)  Practice makes perfect, but I have faith that anyone can make these!  After all, I'm no world-class chef.

NOTE: I don't have cake flour in the picture..don't forget about that!  Your cakes would be a mess!

For serving 4:                                      For serving 6:                               For serving 8:
1 stick butter                                             1 stick butter                                     1 stick butter
4 oz bar chocolate                                     6 oz bar chocolate                              8 oz bar chocolate
2 whole eggs                                             3 whole eggs                                     4 whole eggs
2 yolks                                                      3 yolks                                                  4 yolks
1/3 cup sugar                                            7 tablespoons sugar                            2/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla                                            3/4 tsp vanilla                                    1 tbs vanilla
1 tbsp flour                                               1 1/2 tbsp flour                                     2 tbsp flour
How to:
  1. Melt butter and chocolate {microwave or double boiler}.  I melted mine for a minute, stirred it, then melted it for another minute.  
  2. Whip eggs, yolks, sugar & vanilla for 10 minutes on high in mixer
  3. Fold in flour, then chocolate mix
  4. Pam-spray 6 oz ramekins then pour in the mix
  5. Bake on cookie sheer or jelly roll pan {to catch any drips} at 450° for 10-11 minutes, then set aside for 5 minutes
  6. Invert onto plate & garnish with either powdered sugar, fresh raspberries or whipped cream
Don't forget to set the timer! ...yes, I walked away without actually pressing the timer button.  Oopps!  Luckily for me, my dad was keeping an eye on the time and we worked with it to get it about right.  As my dad said, "timing is everything in soufflé's", so make sure you get that part right!  
Also, for removing the lava cakes, try loosening the edges up a bit with a knife, then bring the plate to the cake before tipping it over.  Once tipped, tap the top of the container with the handle of the knife {and by tap, I mean hit pretty hard!} as well as the edges.  Make sure you hold the container with a mitt because it will be hot

Enjoy & good luck with getting the cakes to flip!  


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