You know what they say about best laid plans of mice and men. I’ve been in the mood lately to do a little baking. I suppose it’s some sort of holiday withdrawal. Since we were having a very casual dinner Saturday night – Super Easy Chicken Club Sandwich – it seemed a good night to make individual warm Molten Chocolate Cake. Although Hubby and I had already completed our weekly run to the market when the urge to bake struck me, there was no need to make a second trip. We had all the key ingredients necessary for this awesome cake. The only exceptions were the optional mint leaves and fruit for a fancy garnish.
Don’t ask me how the day simply got away from us, but somehow it did. As we puttered about the house, the lazy bug took hold. I lost all concept of time sorting and organizing my every growing collection of recipes while Hubby spent the afternoon working on a jigsaw puzzle.
Dinner was later than planned, and we had a movie to watch – ‘A Walk in the Woods’ with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. (If you haven’t seen it – it’s a very delightful “coming of old age” film – well written, warm and down right funny!) While watching our movie, we munched away on a selection of Movie Candies (a gift from my son). By the time I got around to thinking about baking I had neither the energy nor desire. No one was all that interested in cake – too full from all the candy. And no one wanted to clean up the kitchen so late in the evening.
I’ll get around to baking these little cakes sometime – just not sure when that might be. Just because I didn’t actually bake the cakes for this post, I don’t see why I can’t share the recipe anyway. It’s not like I’ve never made these yummy cakes – I’ve baked them more times than I can count.
When Kiddo was younger, he was fascinated by all things “volcanic”, and a molten cake was right up his alley of favorite desserts. Kiddo is a walking encyclopedia when it comes to volcanoes. We even took a trip to Hawaii so that Kiddo could explore a lava tube and take a helicopter ride over an active volcano. Wow – it was something! Especially when the lava met the sea. When Kiddo learned that during one of the eruptions, an entire town was swallowed by the slow-moving flow, he wanted to donate all his toys to the children who once lived there. Love that kid, he has so much heart!
According to the original recipe, this cake can be prepared in advance, held in the refrigerator and brought to room temperature before baking. I tried that once, just to see if it would make a difference. The finished result is a denser, heavier cake. Since there isn’t a great deal of work in the preparation, I see no point in “holding” the batter and would not recommend doing so.
When I do have fruit for the garnish, I like to bake the cakes on a Friday or Saturday evening, then utilize the leftover fruit with breakfast the next morning.
Baker’s Molten Chocolate Cake
4 Squares Baker’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate
½ Cup Butter
1 Cup Powdered Sugar, Sifted
2 Whole Eggs
2 Egg Yolks
6 Tablespoons Flour
Optional Garnish: Mint leaves & Fresh Fruit – raspberries, blackberries and/or blueberries
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Butter 4 small custard cups or ramekin; place on a baking sheet and set aside.
Microwave chocolate squares and butter in a large microwaveable bowl on high for approximate 1 minute or until butter is melted. Whisk until chocolate is completely melted.
Sift powdered sugar into chocolate mixture. Add whole eggs and whisk until blended. Add egg yolks and mix well. Stir flour into batter. Spoon batter into prepared cups or ramekins.
Bake 13-14 minutes or until sides of cake are firm but centers are still soft.
Let stand 1 to 2 minutes.
Carefully run thin knife around cake to loosen; invert onto dessert plates.
Dust with additional powdered sugar. Garnish each dish with a sprig of fresh mint leaves and fresh fruit such as raspberries, blackberries and/or blueberries.
Serve with a spoon and enjoy!