Molten Lava Cakes

Total Time:
50 min
Prep:
35 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
8 cakes
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, plus more for the ramekins
  • 4 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting (optional)
  • 6 large eggs plus 6 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Directions
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Butter eight 6-ounce ramekins and sprinkle each with 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar.

  • Combine the butter, cinnamon, cayenne, nutmeg and chocolate in a saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently until melted and smooth. Cool slightly. Whisk the flour, confectioners' sugar, eggs and yolks, vanilla extract and almond extract in a bowl until creamy. Whisk in the melted chocolate mixture. Divide among the prepared ramekins.

  • Bake the cakes until the tops are stiff and the edges darken, 12 to 14 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool 5 minutes. Loosen the edges of the cakes with a small paring knife and transfer to plates while warm. Dust with confectioners' sugar.

  • Photograph by Gentl & Hyers


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