MOLTEN CHOCOLATE CAKE

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 4-ounces good quality semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (plus extra for buttering the ramekins)
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • dash of salt
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 whole large Eggland’s Best egg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: Raspberries or strawberries, and whipped cream or ice cream for serving
  • Extra powdered sugar for dusting

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Butter 2 ramekins or custard cups (see Notes below).  Place them on a baking sheet so they are not touching; set aside.
  2. Add the butter and chocolate to a large microwave-safe mixing bowl.  Microwave on 50% power for 1 minute.  Stir and repeat if needed at 30 second intervals until the chocolate pieces are almost melted.  Remove from the microwave and stir until smooth and all chocolate is melted.
  3. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the powdered sugar, a dash of salt, flour and espresso powder but don’t worry if it’s not completely mixed.
  4. In a separate bowl lightly whisk the egg and egg yolks.  Add the vanilla and whisk until blended.  Add the eggs to the chocolate mixture and whisk until smooth and fully combined.
  5. Divide the batter between the 2 ramekins and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.  The edges will be firm but the center will be runny.
  6. Allow the cakes to rest for 5 minutes before serving.  Gently run a knife around the top edge of the ramekin to loosen the cake.  Place a serving plate over the top of the ramekin and flip it over / invert onto the serving plate.  Slowly remove the ramekin making sure the cake has released.  If the cake has not dropped to the plate, allow it to rest for a minute or two then gently pound the plate on a counter top.  Sift a little powdered sugar on top, add fresh raspberries or strawberries and a small scoop of vanilla ice cream if desired.  Serve and enjoy.
  • This recipe has been tested using two (7-ounce) 4” x 2.5” ramekins. If you’re not positive about the size of your ramekins, test by making sure they’ll hold about 1 cup of water and have similar dimensions as those mentioned above.
SOURCE:  RecipeGirl.com