Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

Sometimes, you need to disconnect yourself from the world & take a break.

Few accomplish this by going outdoors: to the Mountains, Ocean, or on an arduous but rewarding hiking trail. Others lose themselves in urbanscapes like breweries, museums, parks, or even in their own backyards, jaunting with friends & family.

How do you cut loose though, when both options are exhausted and you’re too tired to go out? Maybe you’ve been running behind your kids all day or maybe you’ve traveled non-stop for work. Sometimes you need a quiet night in, with your sweatpants, a movie & your couch. What helps you reach the zenith of zendom in such a moment?

Dessert, my friend. Specifically, chocolate dessert. Molten Lava Chocolate dessert.

Chocolate Lava Cake

The name is Chocolate. Molten Lava Chocolate.

What I love about this cake is, it’s not overwhelmingly sweet. You know, the kind that makes you feel like you’ve instantly contracted diabetes — I’m looking at you, Double Chocolate Fudge Caramel Brownie Sundae. The petite size of these cakes are a win too, the portions are not so huge they could feed an army — I’m looking at you, Double Chocolate Fudge Caramel Brownie Sundae. These cakes are great to serve for dessert over a dinner party of many or just one :)

Here’s my take on a simple but effective recipe from Ree Drummond of Food Network. I add orange zest, and it really cuts down on the sweet and elevates the chocolate. You’ll see melting chocolate ooze from a soft, spongy, delicately decadent, divine cake, oh la la, this must be food Mojo!

Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

I NEED SOME CHOCO LOVIN’ NOW!

Ready in 25 mins; Prep Time 10 mins, Cook Time 15 mins
 Recipe yields 4 chocolate lava cakes & a heavenly food-coma

What You’ll Need

4 custard cups or ramekins
 Baking spray
 1/2 cup or 8 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate
 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate*
 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
 2 whole eggs
 3 egg yolks
 1 teaspoon vanilla or if using fresh vanilla beans, 2 inch vanilla bean
 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
 1/4 teaspoon orange zest

* I prefer Guittard’s brand of semi-sweet chocolate. I know it’s a little pricey, but trust me, it’s totally worth it. I’ve used Ghiradelli’s semi sweet chocolate chips in past baking recipes and it’s just not the same. (Don’t come after me, San Francisco Ghiradelli fanboys & fangals!). You’re investing in quality chocolate here and remember, it’s your taste buds’ Mojo at stake! Some of us splurge on purses and shoes, or electronic gadgets. I splurge on food. (Ok, I splurge on shoes too. And electronic gadgets. And maybe purses.)

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Spray the custard cups/ramekins with baking spray and place in the oven.
  3. In a large bowl, microwave the butter, bittersweet chocolate and semisweet chocolate on high for 1 minute.
  4. The butter will be slightly melted, whisk until all the chocolate is melted.
  5. Try not to eat this, no matter how good it looks. And its delicious, but self-control, now :)
  6. Whisk in the sugar till well blended, then add the eggs and egg yolks and the vanilla.
  7. Now stir in the flour; add orange zest. Your batter is ready! Pour into custard cups.
  8. Bake for 13 minutes, until the sides are firm and the centers are soft.
  9. Let stand 1 minute. Invert on dessert plates while warm & dust with powdered sugar

Top off your creation with a scoop of Vanilla or Rocky Road ice-cream. If you really want to go all out, drizzle some raspberry sauce on the cake.

Aftermath
Chocolate Molten Lava Cake
Chocolate Lava Cake
Chocolate Lava Cake

The name is Chocolate. Molten Lava Chocolate.

Voila! Fresh from the oven — hot, rich, not too sweet, spongy cake with bubbling, melting chocolate & cold ice cream right out of the freezer + A glass of your favorite wine (or a glass of milk) = Quality You-time.

And that’s one step closer to finding your Mojo!

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Originally published at Dude, Where’s My MoJyo?.