Since I had cooked Christmas Eve dinner, on Christmas I didn't cook a thing, which was very relaxing! I have to share with you my favorite part of the eve dinner, which was oozy, chocolaty, rich, delicious lava cakes. I made little tiny cakes, due to a rich dinner, but you can see the chocolate lava starting to ooze out the side!
Recipe: Chocolate Lava Cakes
- 4 pieces (squares) Semi-sweet Baking Chocolate
- ½ cups Butter
- 3/4 cup Powdered Sugar
- 2 whole Eggs
- 2 whole Egg Yolks
- 6 Tablespoons Flour
2) GENEROUSLY butter 4 custard cups. I mean slap it on there, the last thing you want is for your perfect chocolate creation to get ripped apart when it sticks to the custard cup. Place the cups on a cookie sheet. I would suggest one with sides if you have it so they don't go sliding off as you take them in and out of the oven.
3) Microwave chocolate and butter in large bowl on high for about 30 seconds at a time until butter is melted. Whisk until chocolate is also melted.
4) Stir in granular sugar until well blended. Whisk in eggs and egg yolks. Stir in flour.
6) Gently loosen the sides with a butter knife. Invert each cake on a plate and slide/wiggle it out. Be careful not to break it! Quickly top them with whipped cream. For Christmas I then sprinkled on crushed candy cakes which added a nice peppermint flavor and crunch. When you cut into it with a fork the middle should be about the consistency of hot fudge. Serve hot!
In the past I have skipped the whipped cream and made a simple raspberry sauce to pour on to the top. There is a picture at the top of this page. If you want those directions, add a comment.
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-3 tablespoons powdered sugar
(You can add more sugar, I don't like my whipped cream very sweet)
(I am very happily piping whipped cream onto the lava cakes in this picture)
1) Put the cream in a bowl and whisk it with an electric mixture on medium to high speed. It should take about ten minutes. Stop periodically to scrape the sides of the bowl, or the sides will be not be as well whipped.
2) When the cream begins to get soft peaks add in the vanilla and powdered sugar. Continue mixing. Give it a taste. I don't like my whipped cream very sweet so you may want to add more sugar than I recommended.
3) Stop when the cream forms stiff peaks and looks whipped creamish. If you mix it too much it will turn to butter!