Recipes - Lava Cakes for Two

Two for Dinner - Lava Cakes for Two

Lava Cakes for Two (Progressive Farmer image by Rachel Johnson)

Lava Cakes for Two

MAKES: 2 SERVINGS

TOTAL TIME: 30 MINUTES

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed

3 tablespoons granulated sugar, plus more for ramekin

1/2 cup chopped bittersweet chocolate

1 large egg, plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature

1/8 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Whipped cream and fruit for serving

1. Heat oven to 400°F. Grease two 10-ounce ramekins with 1 tablespoon butter; dust with granulated sugar. Shake out excess.

2. Combine chocolate and remaining 3 tablespoons butter. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring each time until chocolate is completely melted and smooth (about 1 minute).

3. In a medium bowl, combine remaining sugar, egg, egg yolk, espresso powder, vanilla and salt. Whisk until mixture is foamy and pale in color (about 2 minutes). Add flour; whisk until smooth.

4. Carefully stir chocolate into egg mixture.

5. Pour mixture into ramekins; bake 12 to 14 minutes or until cakes are set.

6. Remove cakes from oven; set aside to cool 5 minutes. Use a knife to loosen edges; carefully invert cake over a plate. Serve with whipped cream and fruit.

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