Saturday, August 31, 2013

Choco Lava Cake / Molten chocolate cake

I was planning to try out a recipe a choco lava cake for a long time.  But always thought its too complicated and kept putting it off. When my friend and flatmate suggested that we make pizza from scratch last weekend, I decided this is the right time to try out the cake as well. As one of my favorite combo while in India used to be veg extravaganza pizza and choco lava cake from Domino's.  So after going through many recipes on the web I decided to trust www.joyofbaking.com recipe for the same. I have done these twice in the last week it self and they were perfect both the times. I hope you try this recipe as well and let me know how it turns out. Follow the recipe exactly and you ll surely thank me.
The quantities specified below makes 4 choco lava cakes


Ingredients :
Butter - 110 gms (1/2 cup)
Dark chocolate - 170 gms
Large eggs - 3 (separated)
Sugar - 60 gms ( 1/3 cup)
vanilla essence - 1 tsp
extra butter to grease the souffle moulds (ramekins)

Before you start preparing the cake batter switch on your over and preheat it to 200 deg Celsius.
1. Grease the ramekins and set aside for later.


2. In a microwave safe bowl place butter and chocolate and microwave it for 30 seconds on maximum setting. Remove it and whisk it. If the chocolate and butter are not melted repeat in bursts of 10 seconds till they become a thick liquid.



3. Separate the eggs. To the yolk add sugar and whisk till it turns from yellow to pale yellow or ivory in colour.




4. To the egg and sugar mixture add the melted chocolate and butter mixture along with vanilla essence and whisk till everything combines very well.




5. In a separate bowl (preferably steel) whisk the egg whites to form stiff peaks.



6. Now gently add half the egg white mixture to the chocolate mixture and using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula slowly fold it in. once combined repeat the same with the remaining egg white.


7. Now gently using a ladle or ice cream scoop divide the mixture equally amongst the four moulds.


8. Bake in the oven for 12-15 mins at 200 deg C .
Remove them when you see a crust formed on the outside. And serve immediately.




Tips:
If you do not want to bake the whole mixture you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge and bake them later. This is what I did, and the taste was the same when baked the second day as well.

If you do not have a microwave you can just heat the butter and chocolate over a pot of boiling water till it melts.