Friday, April 2, 2010

Chocolate Lava Cake for Easter!

Posted by Quinn at Friday, April 02, 2010

I feel like having comfort food for Easter! And these chocolate lava cake fits the bill. I have to say this and I'm not exaggerating, these are life changing lava cakes. I will not look at lava cakes the same way anymore.

When I say comfort food, I really meant to have it served right in their mould. You really don't have to invert it onto a plate if you don't want to, though it does look way more gorgeous that way. But this is really what I eat. I do like photographing food but not to the extend where I sacrifice my comfort food for photo. For me, comfort food is something you can dig in with a spoon and it comes in a bowl or something that must surround it. I like digging in stuffs. Gives me security rather than having it inverted out. I know, I have issues.

The inverted lava cake photos were made sometime back, when I was all in the mood to dress up and look beautiful. And when I need to serve it to my guests. But to celebrate Easter dinner with my housemates, I serve it the comfort food way!

And did I mention I think that cake looks gorgeous? Unlike other cakes that's drenched with icing sugar and ice cream to make photos look good, mine is simply dusted with real good cacao and still heavenly and not cloyingly sweet even when eating it with unsweetened whipped cream. I like it, the photos are a good reflection of what I really eat, albeit a little colder! Dig in when it's warm.

Lava Cakes are a good mistake. A chef once underbaked a chocolate cake once and needed to serve it up to the king immediately. He presented them as molten lava cake and king was really impressed. If you have issues with raw eggs and don't like the idea of eating undercooked batter, click here for a lava cake I did previously. This one uses a ganache ball as filling and even if you overbaked them, you still get flowy magma. Just use pasteurized eggs and make these! They are yummy!

These are adapted from Pioneer Woman, and she adapted it from Brandielle from Tasty Kitchen. I half the recipe and yield four little rich lava cakes. My moulds were really small, I use one of the Portuguese egg tart mould. And I measured, it's 5 tbsp (75ml) capacity per each little cup. They are rich so I made them small. Things just taste yummier when they come in small servings. And can I say, use real good chocolates please because the lava will taste just exactly like the chocolates that you use. I use Lindt's, 85% cocoa content. So heavenly!!!!

Molten Chocolate Lava Cake
(makes 4 real small cake using 5 tbsp capacity moulds)

Nuke 60g bittersweet chocolates and 55g butter in the microwave on high. I did mine for 45seconds, both butter and chocolates chopped up into pieces. Grab a whisk and whisk the chocolate into submission. It will look as if it will not blend in with the butter at first but soon enough, everything has to give way to chocolates.

Throw in 60g sifted pure icing sugar and whisk to combine. Crack in 1 egg and 1 extra yolk and whisk to combine again. Finally throw in 3 tbsp plain flour and whisk until very well combined. Did I mention I didn't have plain flour so I used self raising flour instead? It doesn't matter, just don't use wholemeal flour and that sorta thing.

Grease your moulds with BUTTER. Don't use vegetable oil, it's Easter and everyone should indulge. Generously grease them if you want to do the fancy serving way. Pour into moulds, trying not to get to the sides of the mould else inverting might be an issue.

Bake them in a preheated oven of 220°C for 13 minutes. Stand them for a minute and eat them up. Serve with large mound of unsweetened whipped cream alongside and more cacao powder if desired.

For the cream, I whipped up 1 cup of double cream with 1 tbsp of vanilla castor sugar until it reaches firm peak. Love the calories. It surprises me sometimes how special cream is. The more you add, the lighter it gets. And the calories in it is just inversely proportional to the lightness.

This is how I like mine. I dollop whipped cream over it and eat it together. Do it because you're worth it. I'd rather go to hell just to eat this devilish little cake everyday! Seriously, these are life-changing. My life can never be the same anymore.

Happy Easter everyone!

And before I sign off, here is an awards that have been given to me by Anncoo of Anncoo's Hobby and Tracie of Bitter Sweet Flavour. Thank you so much for thinking I am worth it, I am so flattered and seriously touched.

And as always, I can be very disappointing sometimes, I do know if you read here, here or here. I think I'll make this a leaf node in the tags spanning across the blogosphere. In a quick 5 mins Google, it looks like most bloggers that I have known and those that I have not already known have already been tagged, and I'm not going to spread the contagion outside the organization further :)

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16 comments on "Chocolate Lava Cake for Easter!"

Honey Bee Sweets on April 2, 2010 at 6:56 PM said...

Goodness, you don't need an occasion for such a luscious & wonderful cake for sure! But Happy Easter anyway! ;)

MaryMoh on April 2, 2010 at 7:42 PM said...

What a beautiful that gooey chocolate...mmmm

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) on April 2, 2010 at 7:44 PM said...

This is beautiful and yummy, I immediate bookmark this as I never try to cake this type of lava cake before. For me, I would like to serve this with Vanilla ice-cream, yum yum. Happy Easter to you !

tracieMoo on April 2, 2010 at 10:42 PM said...

I was scrolling down looking for he million dollar shot and there it is!! Looks luscious!!
How I wish calories to lightness are directly proportional..
Science is being very unfair.

Wholemeal sounds so much like me. Haha. But don't worry. I won't kill my molten chocolate lava cakes if I ever make them =P

Cuisine Paradise on April 2, 2010 at 10:49 PM said...

Wow.. i love this pal :) This is one of my favourite choco dessert.... esp when u pop open the cake where the lava flows..... *yum *yum..... Yours realli make me crave for 1 now :p

Happy Homebaker on April 4, 2010 at 12:42 PM said...

Dear Quinn, your chocolate lava cake looks so so so delicious! I could actually imagine eating it out of my screen! I love how you compose all your photos! You are so talented!

Mark @ Cafe Campana on April 4, 2010 at 2:09 PM said...

These look all gooey and beautiful. I love breaking open lave cakes with my spoon and seeing the chocolate melt out.

noobcook on April 4, 2010 at 10:03 PM said...

your choc lava cake looks really good. sometimes I eat it straight from the ramekin too. and I love the little spoon you used ... it's very pretty ^^

B & D on April 4, 2010 at 11:42 PM said...

that looks soooooo heavnly!!! yummmm!!! super comfort treat!! btw wish u a very Happy Easter!! :)

Food For Tots on April 5, 2010 at 2:58 AM said...

I don't how much it will change my life but I'm pretty sure it will help me to release my stress if I can get hold of it now. Grrrrrrr! So near yet so far! ;P

Ju (The Little Teochew) on April 5, 2010 at 5:28 PM said...

It looks so decadent and rich. How not to like?! Beautiful cake, Quinn. The last shot is magic. :)

petite nyonya on April 5, 2010 at 11:22 PM said...

These are definitely tempting! Luscious, delectably sinful and simply inviting!!

p/s Btw dearie, thank you very much for the chai tea recipe. Sorry for my delay in thanking you. You're such a life saver coz I can use your recipe after the Lipton teabags you got for me finished. Yippeeee!!!!

Christine@Christine's Recipes on April 7, 2010 at 9:27 PM said...

Whoever bakes this choc lava cake, s/he will feel completely satisfied when seeing the choc inside flowing out, just like you've shown in your last pic.
Amazingly good.

Quinn on April 7, 2010 at 10:11 PM said...

Thank you all of you for the sweet comments. It totally made my Easter day!

Bee Bee: Couldn't agree with you more, these are so easy to whip and I'll feel guilty to only whip this up on special occasions and feel guilty for not whipping it during special occasions! In conclusion, must make these as often as possible!!!

Sonia: I haven't got any vanilla ice cream in the fridge else I would have done so but I love it with plain cream. I can seriously eat a lot of cream!

Tracie: Aiks...don't kill it, no wholemeal please for the lava cakes. And yup, I wish they are proportional. I seriously love cream, if you still can't tell from the pics.

HHB: Yes, my whole point is to make people drool with the photos and I'm so glad I succeeded!

Noobcook: Thanks! I love the spoon too. We got it from Lucerne in Switzerland some time back when my parents were buying Rolex. Luxurious looking isn't it?

Food for Tots: It is life changing. I tell you how much it will change your life. I never wanna try out any other chocolate lava cake anymore. Even if I want chocolate cake, it'll have to be an overbaked lava cake. That much!

Ju: Last shot is truly magical isn't it. Madly in love!

Petite Nyonya: What???? You finished the Chai I bought you? Glad the recipe came in time to help you. Any withdrawal symptoms already?

Christine: Thanks, they are indeed amazingly good!

Happy Easter everyone!

zen said...

i baked this yesterday and it was amazing! thank you for posting the recipe~ :)

Quinn on May 2, 2010 at 4:15 PM said...

You're welcome Zen and I glad you found something you like here!

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