You know... I could never call this a molten lava cake anymore after watching the movie "Chef" without swearing. It just doesn't feel like a molten lava cake without saying "IT'S F*CKING MOLTEN!". Because it is f*cking molten. And I am going to tell you how to do it. But beware. This recipe is so easy you will never need to buy another frozen chocolate cake, ever.
This recipe serves 2 people, in proportion, but, you can always eat the whole thing yourself with just one larger ramekin (I don't judge). First things first. Get your shit together then preheat your oven to 400.
- 3oz of dark chocolate or semi-sweet
- 1.5 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- 1.5 tablespoons of sugar if using semi-sweet
- 2 tablespoons of sugar if using dark chocolate
- A dip-pinch of kosher salt
- A quarter teaspoon of vanilla bean (you can do without if none available)
- 1 egg (I used Happy Eggs because their chickens are awesome, happy, and free range).
- 2 Tablespoons of flour
- Powder sugar (garnish-optional)
Place your chocolate of choice in a bowl and slowly temper the chocolate in the microwave until your chips are melted (or you can always slowly head your butter and chocolate TOGETHER over the stove). When your chocolate is melted, throw in the butter and mix together until melted. I whisked the egg and poured that in along with the sugar, salt and vanilla extract.
Once everything is combined, mix in your 2 tablespoons of flour.
Butter up 2 ramekins with a light dust of flour if you would like to remove the cake from your dish to plate. Otherwise, feel free to skip this step.
Let it bake for exactly 9 minutes for molten. I would not let it go longer than 10 minutes. Every oven is different. I am using the Breville Pro Convection Oven and 9 minutes work beautifully.
Let it cool for just a tad if you are planning on plating your cake. Dust with powdered sugar. Optional to add fruit or ice cream. Or whipped cream. Caramel. nuts. Devour.
Edges. Slightly crispy. Delicious. Non Nom Nom Nom x's Infinity.
Molten. Chocolaty. Rich and Decadent at best. The part I died about was the specs of salt that I would taste. There's nothing I more I love than having salty sweets. Serve this for your date and swoon the person with that one bite. Or for yourself if you are lonely. I can eat 2 of these myself. Just saying it's okay to be alone.. But really, these are fantastic and fabulous with some hot tea, milk, or coffee.
Let me know how it goes. GET F*CKING MOLTEN.