Tuesday, November 24, 2009

THE Cake!

My roommate k.mu ran across a recipe for a molten/lava chocolate cake. First she decided to make them as individual cakes in ramekins. Later on she put frozen berries at the bottom of the ramekins for additional numminess. It has a delicious crust, and a moist brownie layer without any excessive egginess/soupiness. Also, this recipe doesn't require a bazillion eggs like most lava cakes.

Because it is easy to make and delicious, this cake happens regularly in my home. It is now known as The Cake.


1/2 c (heaping) chocolate chips or 3 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 stick unsalted butter, cubed
1 cup minus 1 tablespoon sugar
2 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 4 ramekins or custard cups. Alternatively, grease 2 ramekins and put the rest of the batter in the fridge for the next night.

Set up a double boiler by bringing about 1 cup of water to the boil in a smallish sauce pan. Put a heat proof bowl on top, add the chocolate and butter. Stir gently until everything is melted together.

Remove the bowl from the heat and stir in the sugar. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Then stir in the flour until completely incorporated.

Bake for about 30 minutes, until the mixture is set on top and there is a soft, gooey layer at the bottom. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt if you desire. Let cool for a few minutes and devour while sitting on the sofa and watching TV. Holding the ramekin with a hot pad or napkin may be useful.

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