Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Many FLVS students and staff members might be rushing to find the perfect easy desserts that they can whip up to impress their families, friends, significant others, spouses or other special people in their lives. Alternatively, they may be looking for the perfect remedy to cure their Single’s Awareness Day blues. If you’re in either of these conundrums, don’t worry!
These super easy and decadent individual Chocolate Molten Cakes are sure to be the perfect solution.
Preparation Time (start to finish): 50 minutes (38 minutes active)
- 7 1/2 ounces of bittersweet chocolate coarsely chopped
- 11 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- 3 large eggs
- 3 large egg yolks
- ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons of white granulated sugar
- 5 tablespoons of all purpose flour
In addition to the ingredients above, you’ll need six 6-ounce ramekins, an electric mixer, and other common kitchen materials such as pots, pans, bowls, an oven, and a sifter. You’ll also need some additional butter and flour in order to adequately coat the ramekins. If you don’t want to use butter and flour to coat the ramekins, you can use cooking spray. However, use either cooking spray or butter and flour. Do not use both.
- First, preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
- Next, coat the ramekins in either cooking spray or butter and flour. After doing this, set the ramekins aside.
- Cut the 11 tablespoons of butter into large chunks, and coarsely chop the chocolate. Then, place 5 ½ ounces of the coarsely chopped chocolate and the butter chunks into a metal bowl, and set the bowl over a pan of simmering water on the stove.
- Stir the butter and chocolate mixture vigorously until it is melted and smooth. After the mixture has reached an adequate consistency, set it aside.
- Using an electric mixer and the whisk attachment, beat the eggs, yolks and sugar on medium high. You are looking for the mixture to become pale and chunky. This process usually takes approximately 10 minutes.
- While the eggs, yolks and sugar are beating, sift the flour. After the mixture has reached the desired appearance and texture, turn the mixture down to a lower speed and slowly add the flour.
- Next, gradually add the chocolate mixture to the eggs, yolks, sugar and flour combination. After all the ingredients have been combined, continue to beat the mixture until it is thick and shiny. This process usually takes approximately 5 minutes.
- After this, evenly pour half of the batter into the ramekins. Don’t worry, you’ll use the rest of the batter later.
- Then, distribute the remaining pieces of coarsely chopped chocolate evenly among the ramekins. Try to place the remaining pieces of coarsely chopped chocolate directly in the center of the ramekins. There should be roughly 1 tablespoon of chopped chocolate per ramekin.
- Evenly pour the remaining batter into the ramekins.
- Next, place the cakes into the oven to bake. Be careful not to overbake them. The cakes should be set around the edges, but their molten centers should jiggle slightly when the ramekins are moved. Of course the baking time will variety from oven to oven. However, the cakes generally need to bake for about 12 minutes.
- After the cakes have finished baking, remove them from the oven, and let them cool for a few minutes. However, be careful – you should not let the cakes cool for more than five minutes.
- After the cakes have cooled, run a sharp knife around the edge of the ramekins. Finally, turn the cakes onto plates and serve them.
These delicious cakes are perfect just the way they are. However, classic vanilla ice cream compliments them well. Adding a few shakes of powdered sugar over the top will elevate the presentation.
Furthermore, if you’re really looking to show your spouse how much you love them, lock in that second date with the man or woman you think might be the one, or get over your Single’s Awareness Day blues, you can add strawberries and fresh mint to the mix. Whatever your circumstances, these individual Chocolate Molten Cakes are bound to be a hit.
This is a recipe that my mother has used for years. She is unaware of its origin or who created it, but she does not take credit for it.
Photo Credit: Chris Tidwell