18 Jan 3rd Times a Charm-Chocolate Molten Cake
I’m sitting in Family Nails getting a pedi from my favorite person, Lucy. I’m sipping a glass of red wine. I LOVE her, besides doing the best pedi shes an awesome friend. I’m relaxed so I decided to write.
Last week I tried to make my own version of a chocolate molten lava cake. Even though I’ve made it before I wanted to put a spin on it and make it mines. It was late but I couldn’t shake this feeling of urgency off of me. I just had to make it. All the excitement. I tend to get this way when I have a great idea about food. No rest until its done. Like I said before this isn’t my first time making chocolate molten cake. Everything was going well. The chocolate was melting and was being tempered just how I like it. Ramekins were greased and ready to go, OK! So I filled them half way, like I’m supposed to. 12 minutes go by and I take them out the oven. They smell heavenly. I let them cool for about a min before removing them from their homes. Because I was super anxious to see how my creation turned out, I cut one open. To my surprise…its bone dry. Ugh what in the world? I did everything like I was supposed to. More than disappointed I wanted to see if they at least tasted good. They tasted great…just no Molten chocolate lava goodness. Now I don’t know what was hurt more my poor little pride or the fact that I went to culinary school and I should have know better. It’s time for bed and I know I’m not gonna sleep well because I had mini cakes on the brain. Annoyed with myself, how can I mess up something so simple as a chocolate molten cake. I go lay down and morning comes, I’m still irked by what happened last night but I needed to focus for work so I temporarily let it go.
Work is done and I run to the store to buy more chocolate because I will NOT let a little lava cake defeat me. Man forget about dinner I had more important things on my mind. CAKE! Ok so I try this again…To be on the safe side I did a few things different just to see where I went wrong. *BING* oven alarm goes off….*deep breathe* I take them out and again they smell sexy, yup i said sexy :)… At this very moment I don’t even care about presentation or making them pretty to eat. I just wanna see the ooey, gooey goodness of melted chocolate. Moment of truth, so I cut…. Grrrrr! This time I got a spit of chocolate molten and dry cake. Now I feel defeated and even more hurt than yesterday. I left the dry cakes on the counter and went to bed. I woke up the next morning and rolled my eyes at the nonsense on the counter. I decided to give it a break for a few days.
Sad,annoyed, and just over it. I get stuck sometimes and as bad as I wanted to let it go I couldn’t. Brainstorming every chance I get. About a week goes by and I’ve decided to give it another go. So I don’t bore you with the process again…lets fast forward…11 minutes pass time to take them out. OH MY GOODNESS!!! Eureka! This can’t be so. Pure Heaven, no lie, melted chocolate goodness on a spoon. NOW I wanna make this baby pretty lets dress her up with some vanilla ice cream and chocolate shavings. I’m in baking chocolate heaven bliss. I have to admit maybe I needed this, because I learned a few lessons here. First lesson, I gained more patience and even though I was hard on myself patience allowed me to get it right the third time around. Second lesson, never give up! I cant lie I felt defeated and angry with myself but feeling this way for to long would have gotten me absolutely no where. Now I could have made it the normal way but I wanted different. If I gave up I would never ever make lava cake again! Do you know how bad I wanted to just throw those little things on the floor and Stomp on them?! WHAT? LOL, im human. If there is nothing else that you get from my story. Don’t give up! Ever! Keep trying because yes it is worth it. Push yourself until you cant any more. Figure out a solution, the right ending will come. This goes for any aspect of your life. I hope that this inspired someone to be better push harder be great!
Enjoy this little piece of heaven. After all of that I know that I did. 🙂
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What your beautiful self will need…
4 cubes (4 ounces) semi-sweet baking chocolate (found in the baking aisle, sold in boxes)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
2 eggs 2 egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract (this is the “secret” ingredient that gives it such great flavor) or you can use a liqueur such as orange,raspberry,cinnamon or if your bold like me some cayenne pepper. This is actually REALLY good, *think about it* a hint of spice but its very well balanced with the chocolate and ice cream the BEST thing ever *don’t over do the cayenne though.
6 tablespoons flour
Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees. Grease 4 custard cups (6 ounces) really well. You want these cakes to just plop out onto a plate once they’re done baking. You can use butter *I prefer butter* or Pam cooking spray.
In a medium/large bowl, add 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) and 4 cubes semi-sweet baking chocolate. Use a double boiler – this is a pot of water that has been boiling, place a glass or metal bowl on top of the pot with the water place the butter and chocolate stir until its melted completely. Or do it the easy way and microwave it on high for about 1 minute. Stir and keep stirring until the chocolate is melted and incorporated into the butter.
Add powdered sugar and stir well.
Add in 2 eggs and 2 egg yolks and stir until incorporated.
Finally, add your liqueur or extract and flour and stir well. Distribute batter evenly among your 4 greased custard cups.
Bake for 13-14 minutes, then remove from the oven and let stand for 1 minute. After 1 minute, carefully place a plate on top of a single custard cup and flip.
If you greased well, the cake should easily drop onto the plate. Top with powdered sugar, whipped cream, or whatever toppings you’d like, and serve immediately.
** depending on your oven heat or power gas or electric you have to WATCH your cake. If you over cook it there will be no gooey middle. It will be just little chocolate cakes. When you are watching your cake the edges should slightly separate from ramekins or custard cups, and the middle should be soft and giggly to the touch. I have an electric oven so for me 10 mins with the one min to cool down was perfect for me. If you don’t get it right on the first try don’t be discouraged. TRY AGAIN!
Enjoy my loves!