Molten Lava Cakes

 Molten Lava Cakes

Molten Lava Cakes

Recipe is from The Food Network magazine, March 2012, by the Neelys

This had been a quick make for a chocolate dessert. The fun was really in the devouring of these oozy and gooey lava cakes, with pudding-like center and crispy outer layers. This was a chocolate-shock full of yummy goodness, and what could make this even better would be a scoop of vanilla ice cream! 

GATHER:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, plus more for the ramekins
  • 4 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 12oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar, plus more for dusting (optional)
  • 6 large eggs plus 6 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract

MAKE:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400. Butter 8 6-oz ramekins and sprinkle each with 1/2 tsp granulated sugar. 
  2. Combine the butter, cinnamon, cayenne, nutmeg, and chocolate in a saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently until melted and smooth. Cool slightly. Whisk the flour, confectioner's sugar, eggs and yolks, vanilla extract and almond extract in a bowl until creamy. Whisk in the melted chocolate mixture. Divide among the prepared ramekins. 
  3. Bake the cakes until the tops are stiff and the edges darken, 12 to 14 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool 5 minutes. Loosen the edges of the cakes with a small paring knife and transfer to plates while warm. Dust with confectioner's sugar.