Molten Center Chocolate Cake

A gooey, velvety chocolate cake is a recipe every good cook should have in his or her repertoire. Impress your sweetie with this delectable chocolate dessert on Valentine's Day or any day.
Photo by Dee D.

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

20

minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

20

minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 4

    ounce(s) your favorite bittersweet chocolate

  • 4

    ounce(s) unsalted butter

  • 2

    egg yolks

  • 2

    eggs

  • 1

    teaspoon(s) vanilla extract

  • 4

    tablespoon(s) granulated sugar

  • 1

    pinch(s) sea salt

  • 4

    tablespoon(s) cake flour, sifted

Directions

1.These cakes can be made the day before and stored in the refrigerator, ready to bake. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 2.Prepare baking dishes by liberally spreading room temperature butter into four 4-ounce molds or round soufflé dishes, or spray 4-ounce molds with pan spray. 3.Melt together chocolate and butter in a medium saucepan until melted and smooth, stirring constantly. 4.In a separate bowl, whisk together egg yolks, eggs, vanilla, sugar, and salt. Whisk in melted chocolate mixture. Sprinkle sifted flour over the mixture and fold in. Pour batter into each of the prepared dishes. 5.Bake 20 to 30 minutes (longer for refrigerated batter), checking halfway through the cooking time. The cake batter should rise above the sides of the dishes and the top edges should be dark brown in color. Remove from the oven while the centers are still soft and gooey. 6.Using a paring knife, run around the sides of the dish to loosen the cakes. Allow cakes to cool at room temperature for 5 minutes. 7.To plate: Place your dessert plate atop one of the cake dishes. Using oven mitts or a dish towel, hold the plate and the dish together and invert. 8.Serve immediately with fresh Pontchatoula Strawberries and freshly whipped and lightly sweetened whipped cream or crème fraiche. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tips & Techniques For added excitement: Add 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chili and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper to the sugar when mixing.

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