I collect bookmarks. I started when I was around 18 and found one that had a picture of chocolate chips. It read, “Forget love. I’d rather fall into chocolate.” Okay, so some of that was about pretending my boyfriendless state was by choice. But most of it really was about the chocolate. I love, love, love chocolate. My husband aside, it’s given me more joy than any man I ever dated. Naturally it’s the feature ingredient for one of my first recipe quests: molten chocolate cakes.
I can’t think of many more satisfying eating experiences than the crispy, cakey, saucy textures and warm, rich, dark flavour that come together in a good molten chocolate cake. Easy to put together, and with make-ahead potential (get the batter ready, refrigerate, and then bake right after dinner), these little cakes are simple enough for a family dessert, yet impressive enough for entertaining. The only special equipment you need is a set of ramekins to bake them in. I got mine cheap at the local Superstore.
Here are the ingredients for Trish Magwood’s recipe:
Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes
from Dish Entertains by Trish Magwood
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup sugar
- pinch salt
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
Trish Magwood’s recipe differs in its methods in that she butters and flours the ramekins, rather than sugaring them. She also folds the chocolate into the egg/sugar mixture rather than the reverse. The most important difference to me is in the chocolate amounts, with Trish Magwood’s using 6 oz., Michael Smith’s 8 oz, and David Lebovitz coming in for the knockout at 10 oz. I’m interested to see how that will play out in terms of the cake texture and intensity of the chocolate flavour. To be fair to Magwood, she does include a caramel sauce with her recipe, which might be why she goes a little easier on the chocolate. I won’t be testing the sauce this time. This time, it’s all about the chocolate.
My four year old just told me for the fourth time in about 15 minutes that her brother is bossing her around and it’s not fair and it’s ruining her life. Argh! I’m so ready to fall into some chocolate. Get out those melting pots and bring it on!