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During our time in San Diego a couple (and their daughter) quickly befriended us, and gave us the opportunity to go surfing a couple of times. We always had lots of fun together and had a lot in common.

After one dinner party (or other outing) the topic of desserts came up and they said they knew one of the best, richest, most delicate, dark chocolate desserts. Naturally we had to schedule a follow-up dinner party during which we made these.

Thanks to Cameron and Lisa for introducing us to this one (and their hospitality). Now I just need to document the rules to their addictive dice game.

Warm Chocolate Molten Cake

Serves 4

  • 5 oz bittersweet (or semisweet) chocolate chopped (145 g)
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon brandy (or 1 tsp rum flavoring)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Large pinche of salt (+1/8 tsp cinnamon)
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chilled whipping cream
  • 1/2 package frozen raspberries

Method for the Cake:

  • Generously butter four 3/4-cup soufflé dishes or custard cups (ramekins to the cool kids). No flour or sugar.
  • Arrange on baking sheet.
  • Stir chocolate and butter in heavy small saucepan over low heat until smooth.
  • Remove from heat; stir in brandy (rum). Cool 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Using electric mixer, beat eggs, yolks, 4 tablespoons sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt in medium bowl (about 6 minutes)
  • Sift flour over batter; fold in flour. Fold batter in chocolate mixture
  • Divide batter among dishes, filling completely. Can refrigerate up to 24 hours.
  • Preheat over to 400°F. Bake cakes until tops are puffed (about 15 minutes).
  • Cool cakes 5 minutes before turning (inverting) onto plates and serving with the following:

Raspberry Coulis:

  • De-frost raspberries and puree with 1 tablespoon of sugar.
  • Pass through a sieve or cheesecloth to remove any seeds.
  • Ladle sauce onto a plate and center a cake in the pool of sauce.
  • Garnish with Confectioners sugar (icing sugar, powdered sugar)
  • (optional) and serve with whipped cream.