chocolate molten cakes

★★★★★ 22 Reviews
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By Kathleen Taylor
from Perham, MN

Everyone loves these cakes! They are the bomb for a chocolate lover. Don't over bake them! It's very easy to prepare the batter a day ahead of time when having guests over. Then just pop the cakes in the oven half an hour before you plan to serve them.

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 @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 22 Reviews
serves 6
prep time 30 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For chocolate molten cakes

  • 6 oz
    bittersweet baking chocolate
  • 10 Tbsp
    unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1/2 c
    flour
  • 3
    whole eggs
  • 3
    egg yolks
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla
  • 1 tsp
    espresso powder (optional, but well worth it)
  • *see end of directions for notes on espresso powder

How To Make chocolate molten cakes

  • Ramekins dusted with cocoa powder.
    1
    Preheat oven to 425. Grease 6 (6 oz.) custard cups, dust with cocoa powder; place on baking sheet.
  • Melting chocolate and butter.
    2
    Melt chocolate and butter (either in the microwave, or on the stove) until butter is melted.
  • Stirring until chocolate is smooth.
    3
    Stir until chocolate is melted. (If doing this in the microwave, do not overheat the chocolate.) Add the vanilla.
  • Powdered sugar added to the chocolate.
    4
    Pour chocolate into a mixing bowl. Add powdered sugar and mix.
  • Flour and espresso powder added to the batter.
    5
    Add flour and espresso powder; mix well.
  • Adding egg yolks to the batter.
    6
    Add whole eggs and egg yolks; beat until well blended.
  • Batter poured into ramekins.
    7
    Divide batter evenly into custard cups.
  • Molten cakes baking in the oven.
    8
    Bake 12-14 minutes or until cakes are firm around the edges but soft in the center.
  • Letting the molten cakes rest.
    9
    Let stand 1 minute.
  • Running a knife around the cakes.
    10
    Run a knife around cakes to loosen.
  • Molten Cake sprinkled with powdered sugar and topped with whipped cream.
    11
    Carefully invert cakes onto dessert dish. Sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar and garnish with whipped cream or ice cream and raspberries or bananas!
  • 12
    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.
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