How much does it cost to have a molten lava cake at a high-end restaurant? Too much! Imagine if you could easily make this at home with a few inexpensive ingredients. No hassle but incredibly crowd-pleasing! Would you do that?
In fact the money you spend on having one of these molten lava cakes in a restaurant is probably more than what it takes for you to make enough for 10 persons. And I am not even joking? Cheap, simple and quick to whip up a big bowl of batter, pour it into individual ramekins. Keep in the fridge and put them in the oven when you are chatting with your guests after dinner, before you know it, these sinfully delicious molten lava cakes are ready to serve. Impressive!
My friends or family like to ask me, “How do you make these cakes so easily?” And my answer is, “Well, in fact all you have to do is to underbake it!”
Ingredients (6 individual cakes):
4 ounces dark chocolate
2/3 cup unsalted butter
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Grease six ramekins, and line with a disk of parchment at the bottom.
Melt the chocolate and butter in a medium heat-proof bowl set over a pot of barely simmering water, stir until melted and smooth. Let cool for 15 minutes.
Beat the eggs and sugar with a hand-held electric mixer until thick, pale and ribbony. Beat in flour. Then slowly add the chocolate mixture while beating.
Evenly distribute the batter into the ramekins and chill.
When ready to serve, preheat oven to 400F. Bake the cake until the top is set, around 15 minutes.
Remove from oven. Let sit for five minutes before inverting onto individual serving plate. Top with vanilla ice cream, berries or caramel sauce.