April 11, 2011

Molten Chocolate Cakes with Raspberry Sauce

If you love chocolate and have never had a molten chocolate cake, then you are really missing out. The high butter and egg content allow these mini cakes to form an outer layer of cake, but the middle remains unset, like a thick chocolate sauce when served warm. The key to the unset middle is to not bake these too long. The middle of the cakes will appear runny. Even though your instincts will tell you to bake it longer, don't! As long as the outer edge looks baked, the cakes will be ready.

The recipe allows for bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate. This time I made the cakes with almost all unsweetened chocolate (again, I can't read). Because this made the cake less sweet, the raspberry sauce needed to be sweeter, and so I used 3 Tbsp. of sugar in the sauce. For a tangier sauce, use less sugar. For best results, taste the sauce and adjust the amount of sugar as needed. These cakes can be accompanied by a variety of things, so be creative: ice cream, fruit, powdered sugar, whipped cream, fruit sauce, or a combination.

My mom first introduced me to this cake, but she made a mega version in a bundt pan. The recipe was called "Tunnel of Fudge Cake". I unintentionally called it "Tunnel of Love", which was identified by my family members as a Freudian slip...chocolate = love.

Molten Chocolate Cakes
from Epicurious

5 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
10 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 large eggs
3 large egg yolks
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup all purpose flour

Preheat oven to 450°F. Butter six 3/4-cup soufflĂ© dishes or custard cups. Stir chocolate and butter in heavy medium saucepan over low heat until melted. Cool slightly. Whisk eggs and egg yolks in large bowl to blend. Whisk in sugar, then chocolate mixture and flour. Pour batter into dishes, dividing equally. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill.)

Bake cakes until sides are set but center remains soft and runny, about 11 minutes or up to 14 minutes for batter that was refrigerated. Run small knife around cakes to loosen. Immediately turn cakes out onto plates.

Raspberry Sauce
1 tsp. cornstarch
1 1/2 - 3 Tbsp. sugar
3 Tbsp. water
6 ounces frozen raspberries

In a small saucepan, stir together the cornstarch, sugar and water. Add the raspberries and cook over medium heat. Stir constantly until the mixture boils. Continue stirring and boil one additional minute.


Suzanne said...

Holy Cow! That looks good.

Carolyn said...

I've made this type of cake before. Really hits the spot!

Sheena said...

I am drooling on the computer