Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Molten Lava Cake

Valentine Riddle

What is quick and easy, pleasing to the eye, makes you say "oh yes!', and leaves you begging for more?
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Molten Lava Cake!

Why? What did you think the answer was?


This folks, is the easiest...most delicious...most impressive dessert you could make your sweetie pie this Valentine's Day. Listen up ladies, delicious food is the key to a good man's heart... This.Is.It... Win him over with this.

This warm dessert, topped with homemade whipped cream and fresh berries, definitely sets the mood for a little romance. Molten Lava Cake is the perfect combo of a cake/brownie type outside with a warm chocolate oozing inside. As the chocolate flows out of the center, may I suggest you drag a fresh raspberry or strawberry through it and feed it to your Valentine? Why not?

In spiffy restaurants this dessert costs fortunes. Make it yourself! It is just as good if not better, and the price is right. You will knock off your Valentine's socks this year with your mad kitchen skills. (They don't need to know how easy it is. It'll be our secret.)

I made the batter and had these babies in the oven in 5 minutes flat. With a baking time of 13 minutes I felt like a wizard putting something so fancy and delicious on a plate in under 30 minutes!

One of my old college roommates, Amber, introduced me to Molten Lava Cake about 8 years ago. My taste buds have been begging me to get her recipe ever since. I facebooked her and she was kind enough to share. Yippee! It's her husband's favorite, and I think it is now one of Mr. Dan Carpenter's favorites as well!.....And mine:)

This recipe is so good that I gave myself 8 years to forget it and it just wouldn't happen.

Thanks for sharing Amber! I am not sure whether to love you for passing on the recipe or let my curvy self curse you for the 5 cakes I have eaten since last week! I can't stop!!








Molten Lava Cake (For 4 People)

Ingredients
4 squares of semi-sweet baking chocolate - *see note for substitute
1/2 cup of real butter
1 cup powdered sugar
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
6 Tablespoons of flour

*I've used semi-sweet and bittersweet. Both taste great! 
*If you don't have baking chocolate, use 2/3 cup chocolate chips.

Directions
1.   Preheat oven to 425. 
2.   Butter 4 custard cups or souffle dishes.
3.   Place buttered cups on a baking sheet.
4.   Microwave chocolate and butter in large bowl on high in 30 second intervals until
      butter and chocolate are melted and they stir smooth.
5.   Stir in sugar until well-blended.
6.   Whisk eggs and egg yolks and then stir into the batter.
7.   Stir in flour.
8.   When everything is stirred in evenly, divide the batter between the cups.
9.   Place the cups of batter on the baking sheet and pop in the 425 degree oven.
10. Bake 13 to 14 or until sides are firm but centers are soft. (Photo Below)
11. Remove from oven and let stand one minute.
12. Run knife around cakes to loosen.
13. Invert cakes onto dessert dishes. (I just placed a small plate upside down on top the
      cake dish and then carefully flipped it over so the plate was right side up and the
      dessert dish was upside down. The dessert easily slipped out of the dish on to the plate.)

14. Serve immediately, each topped with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream and optional
      strawberries or raspberries.


I suggest making homemade whipped cream. It is EASY, FAST, and DELICIOUS!
Extra homemade whipped cream also goes fantastic with the leftover berries you may want to feed your Valentine:)



Molten Lava Cake (For 2 People)

Ingredients
2 squares of semi-sweet baking chocolate - *see note for substitute
1/4 cup of butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 eggs
1 egg yolk
3 Tablespoons of flour


*I've used semi-sweet and bittersweet. Both taste great! 
*If you don't have baking chocolate, use 1/3 cup chocolate chips.

Directions
1.   Preheat oven to 425.
2.   Butter 2 custard cups or souffle dishes.
3.   Place buttered cups on a baking sheet.
4.   Microwave chocolate and butter in large bowl on high in 30 second intervals until
      butter and chocolate are melted and they stir smooth.
5.   Stir in sugar until well-blended.
6.   Whisk egg and egg yolk and then stir into the batter.
7.   Stir in flour.
8.   When everything is stirred in evenly, divide the batter between the cups.
9.   Place the cups of batter on the baking sheet and pop in the 425 degree oven.
10. Bake 13 to 14 or until sides are firm but centers are soft. (Photo Below)
11. Remove from oven and let stand one minute.
12. Run knife around cakes to loosen.
13. Invert cakes onto dessert dishes. (I just placed a small plate upside down on top the
      cake dish and then carefully flipped it over so the plate was right side up and the
      dessert dish was upside down. The dessert easily slipped out of the dish on to the plate.)
14. Serve immediately, each topped with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream and optional
      strawberries or raspberries.

I suggest making homemade whipped cream. It is EASY, FAST, and DELICIOUS!
Extra homemade whipped cream also goes fantastic with the leftover berries you may want to feed your Valentine:)


Homemade Whipped Cream
Takes less than 5 minutes
Makes enough to heavily top 4 Molten Lava Cakes.
Make the same recipe for 2 so that you have extra for dipping fruit in:)



Ingredients
1 cup of real Whipping Cream - cold in fridge
3 TB of powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla (optional)

Directions
In a chilled bowl with chilled beaters, whip the cream on high speed for a few minutes until you start to see soft peaks.

Add the powdered sugar and optional vanilla. Continue to whip at high speed until the cream is whipped.

Store in fridge in airtight container if you are
not using right away.



 Below: Molten Lava Cake straight out of the oven. Ready to run a knife around the out edge and flip on to a plate.

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