Sunday, October 10, 2010
Molten lava cake
This month's challenge was molten lava cake hosted by Divya.
Nada left this month and I totally lost my mood. I didn't feel like preparing anything. She would call me almost everyday asking me if I had prepared the lava cake, and I would tell her that I'll do it later since my exams had started. It's not like I wasn't interested. Molten lava cake has always been in my to-do list. I even attempted to prepare it once. But it turned out to be a fudgy muffin-without a molten centre.Anyway, I kept delaying it, until thursday, when I decided that I would take part in the challenge, no matter what. So I go whipping and melting and baking. The cake was super easy to prepare but I wasn't sure if it would turn out to be success. After all, a person like me can turn the best recipes into a flop one. I began to get nervous when the top was not cooked even after 15 minutes. After 20 minutes, I removed the pan from the oven and inverted one of the muffin cups onto a plate. Fingers crossed, I cut open the muffin. And boy, was I dissppointed!! Though the centre was moist, it did not ooze out, like Hetal and Tanuja's (from showmethecurry.com). I decided to click a picture anyway. And as I was taking a photo, you know what I saw on the cam screen??? Hot molten lava oozing out............mmmmm. I was soo happy. My sisters and brother wanted me to prepare it again. What better compliment could a cook wish for??
Molten Lava Cake
Recipe source - showmethecurry.com
Makes 6 large cakes
Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate – 4 oz (113g)
Butter – 4 oz (113g)
Eggs – 2
Sugar – 1/3 cup (75 g)
All-purpose Flour – 1/4 cup (40g)
Butter – for greasing ramekins
1. In a double boiler, melt chocolate.(I microwaved for 30 sec)
2. In a medium mixing bowl, beat Eggs and Sugar until light and fluffy.
3. Once chocolate is melted, remove pan from heat and add in butter. Mix until the butter melts fully.
4. Add chocolate/butter mixture into the eggs, add all-purpose flour and mix until well incorporated.
5. Butter bottom and sides of ramekins (small glass/porcelain bowls) and pour in mixture about 3/4 way full.
6. Place ramekins on a baking tray and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 C) for 10 – 15 minutes. Shorter for gooey (molten) inside, longer for stiff inside.
7. Serve hot with vanilla ice cream.(I think I preferred it without ice cream.Nothing comes between me and my rich chocolate lava cake :P)