Thursday, November 27, 2008
Also known as Molten Lava Cakes, these are single serve chocolate cakes with a liquid chocolate centre. The idea of cutting open a chocolate cake to find melted chocolate oozing out has always seemed an exotic way to eat dessert.
Unfortunately all the recipes that I have come across for molten-centred cakes have involved baking the cake batter till the outside of the cakes cook but the middle would be partially cooked resulting in a semi-solid centre. I honestly didn’t think I wanted to make molten lava cakes even though the molten centre concept was attractive.
Imagine eating half cooked batter!
Then last month Sra gifted me a book called Everyday Chocolate with about a hundred recipes, every single one with chocolate. I’m not exaggerating. It has 256 pages, and if you take away a few pages (for the contents, introduction, indexing and all that stuff) there’s one recipe every two pages.
So what I wanted to say was that, in this book, there was a recipe for molten-centred chocolate cakes where the centre was actually molten chocolate and not uncooked batter!!
Here’s the recipe, very slightly adapted, from the book. The changes I made are within brackets.
4 tbsp soft margarine (I used 60g of salted butter)
55 g caster sugar (¼ cup)
85 g self raising flour (about ¾ cup flour + ½ tsp baking powder)
1 tbsp cocoa powder
55 g plain chocolate
icing sugar, for dusting
Put the butter, egg, flour, baking powder and cocoa in a bowl and whisk together, till just smooth.
Spoon half of the batter into paper cases or greased muffin tins. Make a small indentation in the middle of each cake with a spoon. Break the chocolate into equal pieces and place a piece in each indentation. Spoon the remaining batter on top covering the chocolate.
Bake at 190C for about 20 minutes till springy to touch and the top of the cake is slightly crusty. Stand for 2 to 3 minutes before removing from the moulds.
Invert onto serving plates and serve warm dusted with sifted icing sugar or cocoa powder.
The book says this recipe makes 8 cupcakes. I used my muffin moulds to make these and this recipe gave me 6 cakes.
I have made these cakes twice so far.
The first time, I didn’t have anything but semi-sweet dark chocolate with me (and I’m the only one who likes this here) so I used Cadbury’s milk chocolate bars. I put 2 small squares in the centre of each cake. These squares didn’t melt but I had very nice and tasty chocolate cupcakes with milk chocolate centres.
I still wanted cakes with molten centres. That’s when I came across Anita’s excellent blog, Dessert First. She had made Molten Chocolate Cakes with chocolate ganache centres. This means that the centres are guaranteed to melt and that the ganache centres can be flavoured according to choice. Do check out Anita’s exotic ganache flavours.
So I made a chocolate ganache flavoured with orange, using the following ingredients.
Orange Flavoured Chocolate Ganache
1 cup dark semi-sweet chocolate
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp cream (25% fat)
2 tbsp orange syrup
½ tsp orange extract
Melt all the ingredients over boiling water till smooth. Keep in the freezer for an hour till firm. Scoop out into balls and place one in the indentation in the batter in each mould, instead of the chocolate pieces.
Otherwise the recipe remains the same. This amount makes a little more ganache than required for the cakes. The extra chocolate ganache keeps in the freezer.
The ganache produces absolutely melty and delicious centred chocolate cakes.
I also tried substituting the egg with flax seed and I have to say that while the flax seed version was quite good, the version with the egg turned out much better taste-wise.
I'm sending this off to Not Quite Nigella's The Ultimate Chocolate Cake Challenge.
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