How to make a delicious Hot Chocolate Lava Cake!!!
Lava cakes are one of the most delicious and also most difficult deserts that anyone could ever make. This is a desert that strikes fear in the hearts of culinary masters due to its demanding nature. If you leave the cake in the oven for too long then you will just have an ordinary chocolate cake. If you don't leave it in long enough then you will be left with a steaming chocolate mess, but if you get it just right then you will be enjoying what few can master and that is a Hot Chocolate Lava Cake.
Before you start with the batter you will first need to butter the ramekins. You can do this by using a brush and sweeping it from the bottom of the ramekin to the top, leaving vertical lines on the walls of the interior. Make sure that the vertical lines are straight up and down. Doing so will ensure that the cake will rise evenly on all sides.
After you have done that you will then coat the inside of the ramekin with either granulated sugar or cocoa powder. This step helps with sticking and also gives the desert a nice crisp on the exterior. Once the ramekin is coated you will then place them in the fridge until they are ready to be filled with the batter. Placing them in the fridge solidifies the butter and keeps the vertical lines in place.
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Making the Batter
First of all you will start off by combining the two eggs and the two egg yolks into a small mixing bowl and mixing it in with the sugar and still foamy, frothy, and neon yellow. Next in a separate bowl you will combine the chocolate and the butter and melt until thoroughly combined. You can do this either in the microwave or on the stove. Next combine the 2 bowls and stir. While stirring begin to sift in the flour and cocoa powder. Now you are ready to pour your batter into the ramekins.
The Baking Process
Pour the batter into the ramekins until they are about halfway full. Preheat the oven for 350 degrees and let bake for about 10 minutes. Bake times may vary so be sure to what the tops to see when the best time to pull them out will be.
When you have decide to pull them out of the oven let them cool for just a few seconds to all the walls of the cake to stiffen just a little bit. After that turn the ramekin upside down and emty it onto the serving plate. Next sprinkle some powdered sugar on top to preference and serve. Remember that these are very tricky to make and may require some practice. Enjoy!
If you are having trouble with this one not turning out just right, don't give up. This is not an easy desert to master, but if you can then I suggest you rub it in the faces of your cooking friends that cant because it certainly is an achievement. A word of advice would be to cook several at one time and take each one out at different times to check the consistency of the cake. This will help you fine tune your baking time and know your oven a little bit better. Good luck young grasshopper!
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