Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Molten Chocolate Cakes



Okay, I'm definitely holding my breath, but I think my trusty computer might make it after all. It has been requiring a bit more TLC than normal, but hopefully with a bit of pampering it will pull through for me afterall...please!

I love these cakes for so many reasons. They're rather impressive, a bit fancy and great for entertaining. But, they're also great when you're a lazy baker like me. They require very few ingredients, all thrown into the same bowl, mixed and poured into muffin tins, and voila! Delicious chewy cake on the outside, rich, molten chocolate pouring out of the inside. Serve with ice cream, and you'll have a happy crowd on your hands. Plus, the fact that they're fairly small won't make you feel TOO guilty when you have more than one!

Molten Chocolate Cakes
Great Food Fast, By Martha Stewart

Ingredients

4 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature, with extra for greasing muffin pan
1/3 cup granulated sugar, with extra for dusting pan
3 large eggs
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Generously butter 4 cups of a standard muffin tin. Dust with granulated sugar, and tap out excess. Set aside.

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and granulated sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. With the mixer on low speed, beat in the flour and salt until just combined. Beat in the chocolate (do not overmix). Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups.

3. Place the muffin tin on a baking sheet; bake just until the tops of the cakes no longer jiggle when the pan is lightly shaken, 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand for 10 minutes.

4. To serve, turn out the cakes and place on serving plates, top sides up.

31 comments:

doggybloggy said...

great job - these look perfect - I want one NOW!

Alissa said...

Mmmm... LOVE THESE!!!!

Kathleen said...

Can you believe I've never made these. They happen to be one of my most favorites! Yours look amazing. YUM!!!

Diana's Cocina said...

This looks wonderful! I'm sure it tastes every bit as good as it looks. Nice touch with the strawberry's.

Ingrid said...

I'm not one for chocolate cake but I have wanted to try making molten cakes. I figured I'd just top it with vanilla ice cream.
~ingrid

Liz said...

These look great, love the picture!

Pam said...

Truly mouth watering. I would love this right now.

Julie said...

Oh, that's so not nice of you while I'm trying not to eat stuff like that! Looks amazing!

Me, Myself and Pie said...

wow, these cakes look so yummy. I'm a sucker for anything with melted chocolate!

Kim said...

I'm glad to see you're back in action! These little cakes look like the perfect chocolate fix:D

theUngourmet said...

Hey, I have that same plate! Target??? Your cake looks unbelievable! I'll take one right now please!

Jenn said...

I was having a coffee meetup with a friend when the person infront of me order this cake. Temptation to the 10th degree overtook me. hahaha...

Erica said...

This is Joshs Dad's favorite dessert! Looks so so good! I will have to make this for him

jscardon said...

I LOVE these little beauties!! Do you have a subscription to Martha's magazine? I'll have to ask you about how you like it or not...

Joyful Baker said...

Oooh, yum! I totally want these now!

Cristine said...

I LOVE molten cakes! This looks fantastic!

Joanne said...

I LOVE molten lava cakes, especially since these are made as cupcakes (portion control?). You got these just perfect.

The Blonde Duck said...

How sinful! Yum!

biz319 said...

I love molten cake - but since being diabetic, I haven't had it - so damn good!

Velva said...

Your molten cakes are divine. These little cakes would be like heaven for a chocolate lover. Also, these are perfect for entertaining too.

Melody said...

oh....bliss!

Krissy said...

that's funny that you say you are 'addicted to food' in your profile. because... well, we call ourselves "The Food Addicts" - 'nuff said. i can definitely get addicted to your molten chocolate cakes, but i really should resist... really...
-Krissy @ thefoodaddicts.com

Cinnamon-Girl said...

These look sinful with that ooey-gooey chocolate! I always wanted to make these - how perfect for Easter.

Burp and Slurp~! said...

It seems like everyone is having technical issues...I had some myself...I almost tore my hair out! If only I had this cake to comfort me at that time....

Trish said...

gosh...well done! I,for one, am duly impressed!

Michelle said...

I love Molten Chocolate Cakes...so good and they seem to taste better in the spring, served warm with vanilla ice cream!

Lynn said...

This looks so good, Teresa! I'm drooling over here. It's not pretty.

治士士 said...

Habit is a second nature...................................................

Taste of Beirut said...

This is a great recipe! I usually don't like to add so many yolks to the batter. Thanks! Beautiful result!

Cathy said...

Yum, what a decadent chocolate dessert. Happy Easter to you and your family.

Barbara said...

I think it's so funny about holding your breath re your computer! How many times have I done that??

I made some carrot cupcakes for dinner tomorrow, or I would have tried your molten cakes! My son adores chocolate. Well, next dinner for sure. So easy, too!

Happy Easter and Happy weekend, Teresa!