Molten Chocolate Cakes

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I’ve had these heart ramekins for a while but never knew what to make with them.  Molten chocolate cake was the solution!  These would probably be a great Valentine’s dessert.

Molten Chocolate Cakes
Adapted from The Williams-Sonoma Baking Book

8 oz finely-chopped bittersweet chocolate
OR semisweet chocolate chips (approximately 1.2 cups of the Enjoy Life chips)
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
4 large egg yolks
6 tablespoons sugar if using bittersweet chocolate
OR 4 tablespoons sugar if using semisweet chocolate
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon grated orange zest (optional)
3 large egg whites at room temperature

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.  Grease six 6-oz ramekins or four 8-oz ramekins.  Place them on a baking sheet.
  2. Separate the eggs.
  3. Cut butter into small pieces and put it with the chocolate in a small non-stick pot.  Melt them on low heat on the stove, stirring constantly until the mixture looks smooth and glossy.
  4. Remove the pot from the stove and stir in vanilla and salt.  Set aside.
  5. In a mixing bowl, beat together egg yolks, half of the sugar, cocoa powder, and zest (if you’re adding it).
  6. Stir the chocolate mixture into the egg yolk mixture just until they are blended.
  7. Switch to clean beaters.  In a different mixing bowl, beat egg whites on medium-high speed until they are foamy and thick.  Add the rest of the sugar and beat on high until you get stiff, glossy peaks.
  8. Whisk half of the whites into the chocolate mixture.  Gently stir in the remaining egg whites.  Don’t over-whisk or over-stir.
  9. Spoon batter into the ramekins.  Bake for 13 minutes if using the 6-oz ramekins or 17 minutes if using the 8-oz ones.  The cakes will puff up and the tops will crack.
  10. Serve immediately in the ramekins.  If you wait, the cakes will deflate and look less pretty.
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