My. Husband. Loves. Chocolate. He does not even consider it a dessert if it doesn't have contain chocolate. Which is somewhat of a shame because I do enjoy a good pie, cobbler, spice/pumpkin dessert every once in a while. But personally, I would choose savory over sweet any day.
I found this recipe years ago and I kid you not, Matt will ask me at lease once a week to whip up some lava cakes. Of course I do not oblige because I these are incredibly decadent... and lacking in the nutrition department. But he asked tonight and since he has made us dinner for the past two evenings, I decided to spoil him a bit.
For a while, I would always make these in individual ramekins but my friend Jaeda turned me onto the genius idea of making them in a cupcake tin. Worked like a charm!
Melt the butter and chocolate in 30 second increments, stirring after each time.
Instead of buttering and flouring, you will be buttering and sugaring
Beat the eggs, yolks, sugar, salt and vanilla until they are a light, pale yellow color.
Chocolate Lava Cakes
Preheat over to 350 degrees
12 tablespoons. unsalted butter
6 ounces good chocolate (2 ounces unsweetened, 4 ounces semi-sweet)
3 large egg yolks
3 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
Place butter and chocolate in microwave safe measuring cup or bowl and microwave in 30 second increments stirring in between. Heat until both butter and chocolate is completely melted and combined.
Coat the cupcake pan with non-stick cooking spray and dust with the sugar. Tap out the excess sugar but make sure they are well coated. Pour the batter into the ramekins filling them about 7/8 of the way to the top.
Bake for 12-14 minutes. The consistency when done should be where the edges of the cake are firm and the top is still soft to the touch. Unfortunately, this dessert has very thin line between being under and over done.
Remove from the oven and let sit on a cool surface for about 2 minutes. Run a paring knife between the cake and the pan to loosen. Invert the cupcake pan over a foil lined cookie sheet and flip over. Tap the pan lightly and lift off the cookie sheet.. Top with powdered sugar and garnish with fresh fruit, whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and anything else sweet!
If the cake runs all over the plate you need to increase the cooking time. If the cake is hard and does not ooze chocolate, lessen the cooking time. I cooked mine about a minute or two too long. If the cake does not come out, then make sure it is well buttered and covered in sugar.