By Jenna Jensen
-Licensed Dental Assistant at Collins Orthodontics
This "braces friendly" dessert is the ultimate go-to for all chocolate lovers, especially the ones who love rich dark chocolate, like me! You can ask all my co-workers, family, and friends - these molten cakes are simply the best! I first started making these with my mom about seven years ago. At that time, both her and I were fans of the TV show The Biggest Loser. We made it a weekly tradition to make molten cakes every Tuesday when the show was on. We often commented to each other on how we were watching contestants working hard to lose weight, and there we were indulging in a weekly dessert together! To this day, my mom always has all the ingredients on hand, so she is always ready when visit and ask, “How about a molten cake, Mom?” Her answer is always "yes" of course!
I have had many trial and error molten cake baking sessions with sometimes overcooking, sometimes undercooking, and sometimes the cakes getting stuck in the dishes. The recipe below is what I have found to make the perfect molten cakes...
Without further adieu, I give to you my famous "braces friendly" molten lava cake recipe:
Molten Lava Cakes Recipe
- 2 oz. Baker’s Bittersweet Baking Chocolate
- 4 T. Margarine
- 3 T. Four
- ½ C Powered Sugar
- 1 whole egg
- 1 egg yolk
- Spray PAM
- 2- 1 cup ramekins, or similar round dessert dish
In a medium microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate and margarine for 30 seconds, stir, then repeat as needed until completely melted. Whisk in flour and powdered sugar, then egg and egg yolk. Spray bottoms of ramekins with PAM, divide batter in half, and pour into prepared ramekins. Place in center rack of oven and set the timer for 12 minutes. Check the cakes after 6 minutes. When the centers are slightly jiggly, and the cakes are firm about ½ inch from the outer edges, remove the cakes from the oven and let sit for one minute. Carefully cut around the edges of the molten cakes and invert onto serving plate. (Note: The cakes may crack so the lava comes running out, don’t worry, this is normal!) You can dust powdered sugar on the top of the cakes for garnish. Serve with lots and lots of ice cream. Different ovens may cook the molten cakes quicker. If you prefer more lava in the middle, cook for a shorter time. If you prefer less gooey goodness in the middle, cook for a little longer so the center is slightly firmer. You do not want to over bake.
Happy Baking Everyone! Enjoy! :)
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