Thursday, June 12, 2014

Molten Lava Cakes (Paula Deen)

Salivating? when you see this...

molten lava chocolate cake Paula Deen
Chocolate cake with flowing molten chocolate lava...

I was. Plus, I was enjoying this cake to the fullest! My boy named these the chocolate soup cakes and we are loving them...

I'm pretty sure that this first photo of my molten lava cake has spoken for itself... but you can never imagine baking these can be so easy!

Baking molten lava cakes is easy peasy? Seriously, I'm not joking. Prior baking these, I always have a perception that baking chocolate puddings embedded with flowing molten chocolate sauce seems to be only a task for professional chefs. A task that requires technical skills or maybe a secret recipe. Nay! Thanks to Paula Deen! Even a home baker like me can bake these very easily...

The success of baking these puddings depends a lot on the oven temperature and baking timing and here are my recommendations:
  • Baking the lava cakes in a hot oven is essential here... I mean "essential" in the sense like VERY IMPORTANT! And, I recommend baking the lava cakes at 425°F or 220°C in regardless with or without fan forced.
  • If you choose to use the fan forced option to bake your lava cakes, you might wish to bake the cakes at 220°C for the first 5 mins and bake the cakes at 200°C fan forced for the subsequent timing.
  • The recipe recommends a total of 14 minutes of baking but I realised that 11 minutes is sufficient for my baking. To gauge, I baked my cakes for an extra 1-2 minutes after I noticed that the top of the cakes had been fully baked with firm crusts and this method of timing always turn out to be perfect for me!
Easy peasy? You will see what I mean...


No special equipment is required to bake these cakes. Just melt and mix...
These firm crusts indicate that the cakes are baked!
Invert the cakes onto serving plates and serve!
Heavenly!

Here's the recipe mostly adapted from Food Network

Makes 6
225g chocolate with 55% cocoa, preferably Callebaut
150g butter
75g all-purpose flour
150g icing sugar

(recommend not to reduce the amount as the sweetness is just right)
3 large eggs
3 egg yolks

Preheat oven to 425°F or 220°C (with or without fan forced)


Lightly grease 6 ramekins (about 3/4 cup capacity).

Melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave, or in a double boiler. Add the flour and sugar to chocolate mixture. Stir in the eggs and yolks until smooth. 

Divide the batter evenly among the ramekins. Place in the oven and bake for 11-14 mins depending on your oven temperature - see notes. The edges should be firm but the center will be runny. Run a knife around the edges to loosen and invert onto dessert plates. Dust with icing sugar and serve.

Note: If you are using fan forced oven, bake the cakes at 220°C fan forced for the first 5 mins and lower your oven temperature to 200°C fan forced. Allow the cakes to bake for another 1-2 mins after you have noticed fully baked firm crusts formed on the top of the cakes. The total time required to bake the cakes should be about 11 mins.

Happy Baking

This post is linked to Cook like a Star (Paula Deen and Deen brothers theme) organised by me, Bake for Happy KidsJoyce from Kitchen Flavours and Diana from Domestic Goddess Wannabe


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42 comments:

  1. Lovely! Hopefully by end of this week, I'll be able to cook/bake something from Paula Deen's! Really wanna join this blog hop.

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  2. OMG, the moment I see the first picture, I'm speechless already! Look at that "soup" oozing out, haha, like your boy said.. Soup cake indeed.. Wah, I wonder how you manage to pop the cake out from the ramekins.. Won't they lava "break"?

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  3. how can we fight "drinking chocolate"? i'll take this anytime of the day... brunch, lunch, tea, dinner.. supper... whichever, whatever... i'll just eat, close my eyes, and enjoy...

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  4. Gosh!Look at the chocolate melting from the cake...yummy!

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  5. Hi Zoe,

    I have all the ingredients ready. Just waiting the right mood to bake.hahah

    I love molten lava cake and it's so tempting to have one right now after looking at your photos!

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  6. Wowzah, Zoe! I am speechless :D :D :D

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  7. Wow I absolutely loved the chocolate that was oozing out of your cake, and looks so delicious too. I've never have this before. Shall bookmarked it for later. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Beautiful! One of my favourite desserts EVER! You've reminded me I need to bake these one last time before I can't turn the oven on for a long time! :)

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  9. I can imagine the thrill and excitement of watching the the hot chocolate lava flowing out of the cake. Amazing cake.

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  10. guess what, I always wanted to try it, but worry spend too much time on photo shooting and will dry up the chocolate sauce, hahaha

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  11. Zoe, your molten cakes is fab!!! it is a very tricky job while baking these molten cakes, you have gotten them so well baked ^^

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  12. Looks so tempting and luxurious!

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  13. Oooooo!! delicious~~ :D Need to put this on my to-bake-list ^^ thanks for sharing!!

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  14. Wow..that is easy peasy! Saving this recipe out! ;)

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  15. My husband made us molten lava cakes a month ago too, it was sooooo delicious! Your first photo of the cake looks amazing.

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  16. Yes, and I need some tissue papers to wipe off my saliva, hahaha! This Molten lava cake looks extra delicious during the cold cold winter!

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  17. Simply and delicious!!!!
    xox

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  18. These look great! Much better than the ones I made by accident. I was making cupcakes and took them out too early. The outside was cooked, but it was still gooy inside. Well, long story short, I ate them anyway.

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  19. Chocolate soup? I want some! Your cakes looks devine!

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  20. Looks so tempting! My kids sure like it!

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  21. Hi, Zoe, this is something that I would like to bake to but after I fail to bake this about 2 years back, I have never attempt...heeheehee
    Yours looks so perfectly bake!

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  22. An awfully delectable chocolate cake that I cannot resist!

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  23. Awesome!! looking at your post, this 心太软 "chocolate soup cake" easy to make and delicious, love it!

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  24. Ohhhh - I could do with one of those gorgeous little cakes right now - seriously lovely
    Mary

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  25. Questi flan sono meravigliosi..e con quella colata poi!!
    Un bacio da Incoronata

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  26. Oh man, these look so good. I love molten lava cake and I am wondering now why I don't make them at home!

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  27. OMG...u just left me mouthwatering....looks so delicious

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  28. yumm I love lava cakes . all that gooey centre, yummm..

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  29. Hi Zoe,
    I have always wanted to try baking molten cakes! Just too many bakes to try! But I will, one of these days, especially after looking at your "soupy" lava cake! Your son is so cute! :)

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  30. Hi Zoe, very tempting molten lava cake. I don't have ramekins, what other kind of moulds can I use? Aiyoh, would love to try baking this for my beloved hubby and nephews.

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    1. Hi Kimmy,

      You can use small metal cake moulds to bake these too. As the metal walls of the moulds conduct the heat better. You may wish to test one at a time first with lower oven temperature or lesser baking timing to get the ultimate chocolate flowing texture.

      Cheers!

      Zoe

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  31. This is awesome!!! I bought ramekins quite some time ago but haven't tried doing this.
    You have motivated me to do it.

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  32. I never imagined that it was that easy :)) Thanks for sharing!

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  33. Gosh! My mouth is also melting when I saw your first picture :D

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  34. I can never resist a good piece of molten lava cake especially with the choc oozing out..........

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  35. Zoe, by far...this is the most perfect Lava cake I have ever laid eyes upon...salivating???...don't think so!...totally drooling over the most amazing lava cake, which BTW happens to be my all-time favorite chocolate cake obsession! It is so moist, and the lava just oozes out...just one soup spoon will be just fine for me! Bookmarking and saving your version of the adaptation from Paula Deen!

    ...and those scrumptious chicken pies...yumm, and double yumm! Love both versions! xoxo

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  36. this is so seductive, making me wanna have one now.

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  37. Hi Zoe
    I tried to bake this yday according to your recipe, is good
    but my chocolate not as runny as yours, can you advise y?
    i bake like 15mins is it due to overbaked ?

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    1. Hi, I have to say that different oven works differently in term of its hot spot and temperature control and this can be adjusted by your baking timing. For me, 11 mins of baking is just right for me to bake my lava cakes and I have gauge the timing right when I see that the cakes are cooked with firm crusts. You can try baking one cake at a time with varying timing so that you will know which timing is the best :D

      Zoe

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  38. Thanks Zoe
    Appreciate your reply. :)

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