Certainly, I do concur that the name itself is already enticing enough to itch your taste buds and eventually making your mouth salivate and your heart yearn to try one. That's what exactly happened to me. I have been longing to try eating and baking one myself.
So, last weekend, I managed to squeeze some time out to do some readings trying to look out for a decent recipe. Hey! The recipe is somehow pretty straightforward and not at all complicated. The ingredients used are very basic and easily available. The procedure is just a child's play as claimed by others. Another shocking fact I found out from some of those who have made one - the bake was.........SHOCKINGLY EASY!!! Any Tom Dick and Harry can whip one!
As easy as it has been said, this dunghead somehow failed on his first attempt. Only on his second attempt then he realized that he was not cut out for this cake. His third try was just as disastrous as the other two. However, persistency wins at last. Exactly, I finally succeeded on my fourth try! The first three came out cakey and hard in that there was NO molten lava whatsoever sloshing out upon cutting. Reason? Easy,......I have overbaked it. Even extra one minute counts and matters. So, my advice for those of you who intend to bake one yourself, please make one piece first and see the outcome, only then you bake the remaining pieces.
So, what's my final verdict on the successful piece? Frankly, I enjoyed better eating the failed cake which is hard and cakey. So as my son, he loved the first three batches much more than the last successful one. Though no lava, the cake just goes perfectly well with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream. I somehow feel a tinge of guilt and uneasiness eating the seemingly 'uncooked' chocolate liquid that oozes out. Anyway, that is just my personal intuition. You may not agree with me. I may be the odd ones! He he...
So, for those of you who want to try making one yourself, here you go babe, the recipe adapted from Foodie By Nature.
(yields about 5-6 pcs)
- 4.5 ounces of dark chocolate, finely chopped
- 110 grams of butter
- 3 large eggs
- 3/4 cup castor sugar-approximate 150 gms (I reduced to 100g)
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour(35 grams)
- Vanilla extract 1 teaspoon
- 5-6 moulds or ramekins depending on size
- Chocolate powder
- Preheat oven at 200 degrees C for half an hour
- Butter moulds and dust with chocolate powder so it sticks to the butter..tap away excess
- Put chocolate and butter in a double boiler whisking every now and then until melted. Add vanilla extract
- In a bowl whisk together eggs,sugar and gradually flour until well blended. Slowly add melted and cooled chocolate-butter mixture
- Pour mixture into moulds / ramekins and put in oven ( up and down grill on)
- Place in center of oven and bake for approximate 12 mins or until sides leave moulds and top is cracked but wobbly. The time will vary from oven to oven..start checking after 10 mins (Mine baked at 9 mins)
- Remove and serve at once.have straight from the mould until u try it a couple of times..then you can start turning it upside down once you are more confident. Serve with vanilla ice- cream..