Monday, July 27, 2009

hot molten lava cake

You are in Heaven!

Yummy shortcut:
1 box chocolate cake mix (use Duncan Hines, shocked?)
¼ cup unsweetened chocolate chips
3-5 caramels
1 can of condensed milk
Chocolate Lava cake Secret: The Domes
Use a regular chocolate cake mix. You may gasp with astonishment about this simple strategy, but it really will give you the rich and moist cake you need for the structure of the cake. The best choice? Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate cake mix.
Chocolate Lava Cake Secret: The Filling
Some recipes call for chocolate pudding, hot fudge sauce, or even melted chocolate embedded in the middle, but none of these will give you that rich and oozing texture found at the restaurants. The real secret? Condensed milk mixed with melted unsweetened chocolate chips and a few caramels. Just mix together ¼ cup unsweetened chocolate chips, 3-5 caramels, and 1 can of condensed milk in a double boiler to make a smooth sauce.
Chocolate Lava Cake Secret: Assembly
When you're assembling the cake, you'll want to fill ramekin cups - not large muffin cups as some recipes suggests - 2/3 of the way full of cake batter, add 2 tablespoons of filling, and then top off the rest of the ramekin with more cake batter. Remember that you'll be inverting the cake when it's baked, so the filling needs to stay as near the bottom as possible.
Chocolate Lava Cake Secret: Serving the Cake
The secret to making sure the chocolate lava cake actually oozes when you serve it is to keep it warm right after baking. However, this doesn't mean you should leave it in a warm oven since this will overbake the cakes. All you need to do is leave the cakes in the ramekins and cover them with saran wrap or foil to trap in the moisture. This should keep them warm and soft for at least 3-4 hours after baking. After that, invert the cakes onto a platter and microwave for
45-60 seconds until warm throughout. And that's it!

The secret to the perfect chocolate lava cake is now yours; your chocolate cravings are no longer at the mercy of the local restaurant or bakery.