Molten Chocolate Cake with Caramel sauce


Molten Lava Cake
When it comes to cakes and breads, I never post a recipe unless I have tried it at least twice successfully. And when it came to Molten Lava cake, I have never been fully satisfied with the results until now! Over the past 1 year I have tried 3 different recipes and finally this 4 th time I felt like yay! that’s some lava!

Even though I had tried only 3 recipes for molten lava cakes before this, I have looked at several – quite possibly hundreds of recipes!. And looking at all those recipes one thing was clear. There are 2 different techniques when it comes to baking a molten lava cake. One school’s technique is simple yet ingenious  – bake the cakes first, cut out the inner portions, fill with fudge sauce and then freeze them. When ready to serve, stick them in the microwave and voila you have lava oozing out of these cakes! Definitely fool proof albeit slightly laborious recipe.

The 2nd technique is an easier recipe than the first that uses chocolate bars,eggs,egg yolks and very little flour to bake the cake.  The batter can be made and stored ahead of time up to 12 hours ahead. Then bake the cakes just before serving. One catch – you need to time the baking properly. If you go even 1 minute over, then there won’t be any magic – no lava( alas!) although the cake will still taste awesome.!

DSC_0074The 3 recipes that I tried before – all used the 2nd technique. The main reason I have hesitated trying the first technique recipe is because of the potential waste of cake – what will I do with the cut outs from each cake? I don’t like wasting any food and so have never tried following that recipe. All the past 3 attempts of my lava cake were also good although not 100% successful – mainly I couldn’t get enough of the gooey lava to come out of each cake. That now I understand is dependent upon 2 things mainly – the composition of your cake batter (the less flour the better) and the time you bake it. Simply put, you need to get the bake time right whatever recipe you use!

IMG_0588This time’s successful attempt is based on a combination of two different recipes – You see I didn’t have chocolate chips that one recipe called for so had to improvise 🙂 I used chocolate bars instead and I had noticed that most recipes used combination of eggs and egg yolks for extra gooeyness so I decided to add an egg yolk too. I was ecstatic when it worked! Call it pure magic or pure science I don’t know which one it was – but the lava flowed! I also made a quick caramel sauce to pour over it for added effects and for doubling the oozy gooey deliciousness of the cake 🙂 Just molten ‘lava-ing’ good! 🙂

Btw, if you are as obsessed with molten lava cakes as I am, check this article by Lucky Peach about their history – indeed a delightful read! 🙂

I am bringing this Molten creation to Fiesta Friday this week.

Molten Chocolate Cake with Caramel sauce

  • Servings: Makes 12 muffin size cakes or 6 ramekin size cakes
  • Time: Preparation time 20 minutes Baking time 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter
  • 12 oz chocolate bars cut into pieces or 12 oz chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 5 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 2/3 cup flour

Method:

Grease muffin pans or ramekins with butter and lightly dust with flour or cocoa.

Take a medium size bowl and add the chocolate pieces, the butter and the heavy cream to it. Heat the bowl in the microwave to melt the chocolate butter mixture for about 2 mins in 1 min intervals. Stir to mix well.

Add the sugar and flour to the above mixture and stir to mix (You can just use a spoon or use an electric mixer). Once the mixture is cool enough, add the eggs and the egg yolk and again stir to blend well.

Pour mixture into prepared 12 muffin pans or 6 ramekins. (I used 2 ramekins and 9 muffin pans). Bake at 450 for 10 minutes for muffin pans or 14 mins for ramekins.

Take the cakes out of the oven. Let cool for two minutes. Then carefully loosen each cake from the edges using a knife and flip it onto a plate. Serve warm with caramel sauce (recipe below) on top!

For the caramel sauce:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup whole milk or heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Take a sauce pan and add the butter,cream and brown sugar and heat on medium heat until all the sugar is melted. Keep heating on low heat stirring continuosly until you get a thick sauce. Remove from heat. Add the vanilla and stir.

Tips:

  • The above bake times may vary by oven. Bake the cakes until the edges seem firm but while the center is still soft to touch. If you cook longer than this, you will not get a lava! So it is very important to keep an eye and not over bake.
  • Make sure you liberally grease the pans with butter or cooking spray and dust with flour or cocoa.
  • You can refrigerate the batter for up to 24 hours. Add an extra minute to baking time when you are baking the refrigerated batter.
  • Bake the cakes just before serving!


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0 thoughts on “Molten Chocolate Cake with Caramel sauce

  1. Yes, you nailed it, Indu! I have always wanted to make molten lava cake but never had the courage to do it. Same reason as yours…so many recipes and different techniques. As you vouch by the second method, I am gathering some courage to bake it soon. Thank you for the detailed recipe!

  2. Bring on the lava, baby! 😀 I love molten lava cake and chocolate + caramel is such a great como! 😀 I would also try technique 2 I guess 🙂 Although I would know what to do with the cake I’ve cut away: eat it! 😉 Happy Fiesta Friday!

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