Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes


From: Cooking Classy

A few weeks ago I shared these Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream Frosting and thought of them as the ultimate Valentines dessert, well I change that to – we have a tie. Really there are so many amazing desserts out there that are perfect for Valentines Day but chocolate must be incorporated and red berries or cherries are a definite bonus. So, Valentines breakfast anyone? Okay just kidding, not really what I’ll be eating for breakfast but I could eat this anytime of day – but I’ll save the best for after dinner.

[post_ads]I made these a few times and I personally like the added touch of a little bittersweet chocolate but if you want them a little more mild then feel free to use all semi-sweet chocolate. I think the slightly deeper, dark chocolatey flavor pairs well with a vanilla ice cream or sweet whipped cream topping, and raspberries of course! Strawberries would be equally as good here so use what you’ve got. And maybe I’m crazy but even maraschino cherries sound good with this, so if you can’t find fresh fruit maybe serve a few of those alongside the ice cream. Happy Valentines Day everyone! Make these perfectly decadent Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes today and indulge a little, it’s a holiday!


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Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

Servings: 6 jumbo muffin size cakes
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Ingredients

    4 oz semi-sweet chocolate , roughly chopped
    2 oz bittersweet chocolate , roughly chopped
    3/4 cup (168g) unsalted butter, diced into 1 Tbsp pieces, plus more butter for pan
    1 1/2 cups (190g) powdered sugar
    1/8 tsp salt
    3 large eggs
    3 egg yolks
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    1/2 cup (70g) all-purpose flour
    Vanilla ice cream , sweetened whipped cream, raspberries, chocolate sauce or caramel sauce for serving


Instructions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Butter 6 wells of a jumbo muffin pan or six 6 oz. ramekins with softened butter (cover well you don't want these to stick), set aside.

Place chocolate and butter in a medium microwave safe mixing bowl and heat in microwave in high power for 30 seconds, remove and stir. Return to microwave and heat 30 seconds longer, stir well. If it's still not melted continue to heat in 15 second intervals until melted. 
 
Let cool slightly. Stir in powdered sugar and salt (it will be thick at this point) then mix in eggs, egg yolks and vanilla (it will take a bit of stirring to get them fully incorporated). Stir and fold in flour until combined. Divide batter among prepared muffin wells, filling each about 2/3 full (about 1/2 cup in each. If using custard cups transfer them to a baking sheet to bake). 
 
Bake in preheated oven until edges are set but center is still soft, about 11 - 12 minutes. Remove from oven and cool 1 - 2 minutes (run a knife around edge if they don't seem loose), invert onto a cutting board or other rectangular surface then transfer to dessert plates and top as desired, serve warm.

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