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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Molten Lava Cake

MOLTEN CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKE...or simply "Half Baked Cake" like how my husband calls it ;) I don't even have to tell you about this sinful dessert. They are just yum eaten hot or at room temperature, with dollop of cream and berries or like how I prefer it just plain on its own with little dusting of powdered sugar. 

There is really nothing much technique in baking these babies. Just "half bake" your cake and its a lava cake.... :p So the baking time actually varies on how gooey you want the center to be. The first cake I attempted was way too gooey for me. I baked it for 15 mins exactly and it was too runny for me. Then the second one went a little longer and it was just perfect. Now coming to the chocolate that's best for this recipe is any chocolate you like to eat. It need not be expensive dark chocolate, any good quality chocolate will do. I used Cadbury Dairy Milk Roasted Almonds for this. So any chocolate you love to eat, but remember the taste, colour and flavour will differ from what chocolate goes in. 

The recipe is for 3 lava cakes and this recipe can be easily doubled or tripled. 




Makes 3 Lava Cakes



You Will Need:

200g of Dark Chocolate, Broken
100g of Unsalted Butter, Cubed
65g of Powdered Sugar
50g of Plain Floura
2 Whole Eggs
2 Egg Yolks
Tsp of Vanilla Extract

The Cooking:

Place the chocolates and butter in a heat proof bowl and melt in a microwave or over a double boiler / water bath. Give it a good whisk once and add the powdered / icing sugar. You don't really need a whisk or a mixer to do this just with a spatula stir the sugar till well incorporated.

Now before adding the eggs let the mixture cool for a few mins, just in case the eggs scramble if the mixture is too hot. Then add the vanilla and one egg at a time whisking well to ensure the eggs get well incorporated. Now fold in the flour and transfer them to a greased ramekin.

Place them in a preheated oven at 180c and bake for 15 - 20 mins, that's depending on how gooey you want them to be. Let the cake rest for few mins before being inverted on to a plate. 

IMPORTANT POINTERS:

  • For a cheat's version, fill the ramekin halfway and place a chocolate square in the center and top off with batter. The chocolate melts when baking promising a runny center every time. 
  • Check the blog post Tips On Baking for pointers on cake baking.
Happy Baking!

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