Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Molten Chocolate Cake

Valentine's Day brings many sweet things to mind - love of course, roses, hearts, romance and the sweetest of all, chocolate. I couldn't think of a better recipe to share with you than a melt in your mouth, rich chocolate molten cake. I played around with this recipe a couple of years ago but couldn't get it right. I think this one turned out tasty and it's surprisingly easy to make. Top it off with some caramel ice cream and a few raspberries. Don't buy the pre-made kind or the box mixes. Make your own. It's so much more satisfying. 

This will be a short posting. I'm all out of words at the moment but wanted to share a recipe with you that I think is perfect for any evening you are craving something sweet and in particular, chocolate. I hope whether you share Valentine's Day with someone special or alone, you do something nice for yourself. You deserve it. XOXOXO

Molten Chocolate Cake

1/2 cup butter, plus more for the molds
6 oz bittersweet chocolate
3 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar, plus more for the molds
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Prepare 4 (4-6 oz) ramekins or molds by rubbing them with butter and then dusting with sugar. Tap out the excess sugar. 

In a medium saucepan, melt butter and chocolate over medium low heat. Stirring frequently to keep from burning. Remove from heat.

In a medium size bowl, beat eggs and sugar until egg mixture is pale and thick...takes about 5 minutes.

Add chocolate mixture to the egg mixture stirring constantly. Add in flour, vanilla, espresso powder and mix well.

Pour into the ramekins. You can refrigerate at this point and bake later. Bake for 10-12 minutes. The center will be soft but the outer edges should be set. Let them sit 5 minutes before serving. Add your favorite ice cream and enjoy!

Serves 4
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