Chocolate Molten Cakes
Blue Ribbon Recipe
These moist, sinfully rich chocolate souffle's are, well, awesome. Espresso powder really brings out the deep chocolate flavor in this dessert. Using cocoa powder to dust the ramekins just adds another layer of chocolate flavor. Dusted with powdered sugar and a bit of whipped cream on top, they make for a wonderful presentation. Delicious for a casual night but fancy enough for a special occasion (a holiday, Valentine's Day, anniversary, birthday, etc). The Test Kitchen
6 ozbittersweet baking chocolate
10 Tbspunsalted butter
1 1/2 cpowdered sugar
1 tspespresso powder (optional, but well worth it)
·*see end of directions for notes on espresso powder
How to Make Chocolate Molten Cakes
- NOTE: Batter can be prepared up to a day in advance. Pour batter into custard cups, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate. When ready to serve, uncover and bake as directed. Serve immediately.
ESPRESSO POWDER: Espresso powder is used quite frequently in many cooking recipes especially those containing chocolate. Instant espresso powder is available from Italian food stores and of course, many supermarkets are now starting to stock this product also. If you are unable to get instant espresso powder and a recipe you are contemplating calls for this ingredient, it is worth noting that you can substitute espresso powder with 1 to 1 ½ teaspoon of regular instant coffee, preferably dark roasted. The regular instant coffee that is used as a substitute for espresso powder will give the same cooking results as the espresso powder and the only difference that you will find is that the coffee won't give off the deep roasted flavor that the espresso does.
When using instant coffee as a substitute for espresso powder you should try to use coffee powder. This is mainly because many instant espresso powders are quite fine and mix very easily whereas many of the instant brands of coffee are quite chunky and granular and much harder to mix. One way to avoid this is to mix the coffee with boiling water first.
You can also omit the Espresso Powder as well. These cakes will still turn out FANTASTIC.