So yonks and yonks ago, me and Hamizah went to Cheezbox for lunch. Food was so-so but the memory of the Ultimate Chocolate cake remains to this very day. Not that I remember what it tasted like now, but I remember it was good. Fast forward a couple of years, I've tried various different molten chocolate cakes here and there, but none quite got it right. Not to mention all (including Cheezbox's) are exorbitantly priced, for a student anyways.
So what better than to recreate it at home right? Never really bothered before, but with the youngest sister being here and bored and missing baking, well, what to do right? Unfortunately, my place doesn't have a *proper* ovem, but we visited NisNis (lols) in Colchester last weekend so we thought... well, why not? We found a simple recipe, she has an oven.... so here we go!
What you need (for three 6-oz ramekins):
100g dark chocolate, best quality you can find
100g butter, cut into cubes
50g caster sugar
20g self-raising flour
What you do:
- Melt the dark chocolate and butter together in a microwave.
- In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar together until the mixture turns pale and frothy.
- Pour the chocote-butter mixture into the egg-sugar mixture. Stir in the flour with a spatula until everything is smooth and well-combined.
- Grease ramekins with melted butter (do this well, otherwise your cakes will be stuck!). Fill the ramekin almost 3/4 full with the chocolate mixture.
- Bake the cakes in a preheated 180C oven for about 10 minutes. As suggested, we used exactly 11 minutes but this would be highly dependent on your oven.
- When baked, gently remove the cake from the oven and leave to cool for about 1-2 minutes. Use a spoon to gently loosen the edges. Carefully invert the cake onto a serving plate. Serve with plenty of ice cream. <3
Sigh, so sad. This would have looked gorgeous with some berries and ice cream, but we were sadly not very well equipped in props. Had to make do with a couple of cherries, haha. Oh well. Doesn't detract from the overall yumminess. :3
Like I said earlier, this is very highly dependent on the oven you use, so it might take you a few tries to get it right. For the oven we used, I think 11 minutes was a bit too short as the bottom of the cake had not fully baked yet. But no matter. The key to getting this right is to underbake the cake slightly so the middle is all warm and yummy, mmmm! Served with some ice cream, then this is perfection! Particularly on a cold winter's night.
The best thing about this though is that it is soooooo easy! You could totally prepare the batter in advance and just pop it into the oven right before finishing dinner. So good! Am plonking a recommended label on this one. :DDD
One word of caution, I thought this was a bit too sweet. Perhaps it was the chocolate we used, but the next time I make this, will definitely be reducing the amount of sugar. Apart from that, everything is A-ok. Gorge yourselves silly on this lovely lovely cake!
Quote of the day: Any sane person loves chocolate.