Espresso Dark Chocolate Molten Lava Cake and the 1st Annual Awards!

What a great week it has been! I found out on Tuesday that my blog was nominated for the “best food blog of 2011″.  If you have a moment, please vote for “the cherry on top” here!

In order to celebrate, I thought I’d try out my absolute favourite dessert: molten lava cake. Whenever I’m out for dinner and I see a version of this dessert on the menu, I’ll order it whether I’m stuffed or not. It’s actually not something I’m proud of. Oh well, I’m over it.

This came out so blurry but I love the effect for some reason!

This recipe I found on Citrus and Candy (love that blog name!) is wonderfully easy, and has espresso (which is always a bonus, in my eyes). Just so you know, the texture of this cake is more like a combination of a souffle and a lava flow. You still get the gooey centre, but because the eggs are beaten until fluffy, the cake is quite light. I doubled the recipe because the original only made enough batter for 4 ramekins and I was sure it would take me a couple of tries to get the consistency right. A couple… try 4!

What is left of the molten lava cakes that were overcooked

So embarrassing but sometimes you have to do the work to get the results. I’s not easy tasting four delicious molten lava cakes and then stuffing one in after dinner! I dare you to try it.

11 minutes - hooray! Messy goo, just as it should be.

What You Need

115g good quality dark chocolate (I used Lindt)
115g salted butter (1/2 cup)
1 shot of strong espresso or 1 tablespoon of instant coffee granules ( I used 1 tablespoon of instant espresso)
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
60g caster sugar (1/3 cup)
30g plain flour (1/4 cup)

What You Need to Do

Preheat oven to 200°C (4oo°F). Grease and butter 4 x 125ml ramekins.

In a heavy based pan over low heat, melt the chocolate, butter and coffee until melted. Stir to a glossy batter. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes.

In a mixing bowl, beat eggs, egg yolks and sugar with an electric mixer for at least 5 minutes or until pale, thick and leaves ribbons trails.

Add chocolate and flour and gently fold until just combined. Be careful not to knock too much air out of the batter.

Divide batter amongst ramekins and place on a baking tray. They can be covered with clingwrap and stored in the fridge or freezer at this stage.

Bake for 11 minutes or until the tops have risen and have set (but still soft underneath). If baking straight from the fridge, bake for about 12 minutes. If frozen, bake for 14 minutes. (Personally, I think everyone has to bake one ramekin to test out their own oven. The original recipe said bake for 12 minutes which was too long. I then baked for 10 and it was too gooey (see picture below!). Like goldilocks, 11 minutes was just right.)

Remove cakes from the oven and serve it straight from the ramekin. If unmolding, rest for a minute then run a palette knife around the edges and turn out onto a plate. If baked from frozen, rest for 2 minutes before unmolding.

What happened when I poured the chocolate into the egg mixture. Rorschach inkblot test anyone?

A little too runny at 10 minutes... :( But still delicious!

All bundled up and ready for the fridge

4 Responses

  1. January 14, 2012 6:53 am #

    that molten lava cake looks really good! I’ve been wanting to make them for a really long time everyone told me that they were tricky to make and it seems that you had some issues but it still looks delicious

    • Rebecca the Cherry Picker
      January 14, 2012 1:04 pm #

      Hi Beti! These cakes were super easy to make. I just had trouble with the cooking time because I used a different size ramekin than the original recipe suggested. I doubt it would take you 4 tries to get it right! I could have done it right by the second cake if I stuck closer to the initial cooking times at the beginning. Let me know how yours go if you make them! They are delicious

  2. January 14, 2012 9:16 am #

    Honestly, I’ve never had a molten cake before but this recipe just seems perfect to try out (for the first time)!

  3. B
    February 29, 2012 12:52 am #

    That looks amazing! Definitely on my to-do list!

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