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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Chocolate Molten Cakes in a Cupcake Pan


 

I'm frequently asked, what are your "Entertaining Essentials?"  Truthfully, I seem to use the same staples over and over and try to reinterpret them different ways.  So, my Entertaining Pantry is really quite edited and simple, but there are some items that I have come to depend on... all of which I put together for you in my new Everyday Occasions store.  Here are some of my favorites you can find there that I can't entertain without - some of the items are pictured in this photo of Hydrangea Cupcakes :

- these large brown cupcake liners... that still fit into a standard cupcake pan

- these celebration candles (also in my favorite "seaside" blue) make any simple look fabulous for a special occasion

- pre-cut parchment papers that are non-stick and I can just throw away and I don't have to scrub the pan... they also work great for wrapping up baked goods

- hemstitch cocktail napkins... they are so classic, especially with a "seaside" blue monogram

- every size of cellophane bags... for wrapping cookies, gifts, muffins, scones....

To find more of my Entertaining Essentials, stop by my store of specially selected favorites.

Another sort of "Entertaining Essentials" I have is a collection of go-to entertaining recipes.  Crowd pleasers.  When I first started my catering business I wrote all of my favorite recipes in a little blue journal book so I'd have them with me all of the time.  Over the years I've shared a couple of recipes from this little journal, but not all.  Truthfully, when I started this blog (forever ago...?) I was a burnt out on all of those recipes I'd made hundreds of times.

Now, after a two year break from the catering business, I am ready to dive back in to some of those old favorites, because after all, they were really great recipes for entertaining.  This Chocolate Molten Cake recipe was one of my first and best go-to's as a caterer.  I always served it at dinner parties - with great success.  The ingredients and supplies are humble - chocolate chips and a cupcake pan!  They work great for parties because the batter is made in advance, then baked right before dessert and served warm.

Chocolate Molten Cakes
makes 6 medium cakes or 12 small individual cakes



2 tablespoons of butter, melted
2 tablespoons of cocoa
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3/4 cup of butter
12 ounce of chocolate chips
1/2 cup of heavy cream
5 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup of flour

Prepare cupcake pans by coating the inside of each with melted butter by swirling it around.  Then sprinkle the insides with cocoa, coating completely.

To make the batter, place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, then top it with butter and cream.  Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until the chocolate is smooth.  When chocolate has cooled slightly, stir in eggs, sugar and flour.  Pour into prepared cupcake pans.  Refrigerate for 1 hour (at least) and up to a couple of days.

Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes for regular 12/pan size and 15-18 for jumbo 6/pan size, just until the outsides and most of the top have set, and the centers are still slightly runny.  You can insert the tip of a knife to test.   You just want a bit of the very center to be a thick pudding like texture.   Let them cool for 5 minutes, then place a sheet pan on top of the muffin pan and invert them. 

Serve with whipped cream, ice cream and dusted with chocolate or cinnamon.

 

Melting chocolate with the butter and cream this way is so easy - microwave!


The pans buttered and cocoa-ed while the chocolate is in the microwave.


Perfectly melted.




You can fill them almost all the way to the top - they don't puff too much.


Cooling for 5 minutes to help them continue to set.


Top with a sheet pan...


Ready for the flip...


Mid-Flip






So, so good.  You really must try them.


10 seconds later...

Here is the easy-to-pin strip!

 

43 comments:

  1. These look fabulous! I cannot wait to make them for my niece, molten cakes are her favorite!

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  2. These look amazing! And, easy! Thank you for sharing.

    ~E

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  3. Pretty and tempting. I was wondering if you could tell us where you bought the brown paper bags for your bread and flowers. Are they bigger than a regular size of gift bag? Is it possible to purchase them on line?
    Have a nice day Jenny.
    Liz

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  4. I am definitley trying this recipe! Have wanted to make molten cakes for a while. This recipe makes it easy, especially becasue you can make part of it in advance. Looks like I've found dessert for Saturday night.

    Also, I keep all my tried and true recipes in a binder - so it's easy to take them all along on vacation (and I dont'have to wonder which cookbook they're from). Of course now I can just look most of them up on my blog.

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  5. Just wondering if you have a way to do this without a microwave? These look amazing but don't have a microwave :(

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    1. Victoria - You can melt the chocolate, butter and cream in a double boiler on the stove. Just use a heatproof glass bowl and place it on the top of a pan of simmering water. Make sure to not have the water touching the bowl and make sure the water just simmers, not boils. It should just take a couple of minutes!

      Jenny

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    2. Thanks, Jenny! I'm trying these ASAP!

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  6. Do you hav a way to make these without a microwave? These look amazing but we are microwave-less :(

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    1. Victoria, you can carry out the melting process with use of a double boiler. If you don't have that, then take the chips on a small pan, boil water in a larger pot and place the pan with the chips on the water surface. Wait until they melt, add the butter, etc. Whisk until thoroughly combined, then remove from the pan. Ta Da.

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  7. Molten cakes are one of my favorite recipes but I usually make them in ramekins. This weekend we are having two families to dinner and I only have 6 ramekins-- your cupcake pan idea saved me! I will be making these tomorrow. Thanks!

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  8. YUM! These look so easy and fabulous! I hate getting burnt out on recipes but how good are they when you come back to them! It's like an old friend that you have missed so much! LOL

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  9. hoping my batter thickens up in the fridge for an hour! it is not very thick right now, but in your picture of the batter in the muffin tin, it looks like pudding!

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  10. I love the idea of making lava cakes in a cupcake pan. Will definitely try this next time for sure!

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  11. We made this for dessert tonight, and it turned out perfectly! It was beautiful, and the liquid in the center was velvety and lovely! Thank you!

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  12. We made these for dessert tonight and they were perfect! I loved that I could make them last night and not have to worry about them while prepping for company. They were beautiful and delicious. At first I thought they weren't cooked through but decided to take them out anyway. They were perfect, and the center was rich and velvety smooth. So fun! Thanks!

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  13. I'm in the process of making these! They're in the fridge chilling. I cannot wait until they're baked. Thank you for the divine recipe :)

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  14. I have this recipe chilling in my fridge right now. I'm super pumped to try it and have the husband try it. I think it'll be love at first sight for him. Thank you for such a divine recipe!

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  15. Ok, I made these tonight - RIDICULOUSLY easy and SINFUL. I owe you big time - ;-)

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  16. What type of chocolate chips do you use? Dark or semi sweet?

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  17. These look amazing! We are having 30 people over for dessert tomorrow night for Mother's Day. Can I up the recipe with out problem?

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  18. Can you use half and half instead of heavy whipping cream for this recipe?

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  19. Did you use semi sweet chocolate chips or milk chocolate? I'm making these for a dinner party tomorrow and am so excited!

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  21. I just made these. Was super excited to just try them. It was fantastic :) thanks a bunch for this delicious recipe.

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  22. Made these tonight with my kids. They ADORED the "volcano cakes." Made them last night with peanut butter in for the hubby (date night) and scored extra-awesome wife points! THANK YOU!

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  23. I just made these. They were very good. However, they did not easily come out of the cupcake pan. Next time, I will spray the inside of the pan with Pam. I used milk chocolate chips since the recipe did not specify. next time I will use dark chocolate chips. They were really delicious!!!

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  24. What type of coco and chips did people use? and did you bring it to room temp or bake from the fridge?

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  25. Made these tonight. So yummy! I used half and half instead of heavy cream and Hershey's chocolate bars instead of chocolate chips b/c that's what I had on hand, but they were still delicious. Very similar to a dessert we had on a cruise we went on and I've been wanting ever since. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    1. Can you help.. all purpose flour? And what kind of chips did you use?!

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  26. Thank you for your well-liked recipes that block.

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  27. Do you worry about food safety with these undercooked cakes?

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  28. What type of chocolate chips? Granulated sugar or powdered sugar?
    If you cut the recipe in half, would you use two or three eggs?

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  29. I cooked mine for 10 minutes but the insides were cooked through and I had no lava? Everyone else seemed to have no problem! I don't know what what happened to mine?! Any idea?

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  30. Is the flour all purpose? Also, did you use semi-sweet chips?!

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  32. Excellent cakes, I really love these type of cakes Mixes and i will try to make this type of cake. But i also want to say thanks so much very much too much for showing these type of cakes.

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  33. Any advice about how to make these at high altitude? I live at 6,000 feet above sea level. Extra water and extra flour, perhaps? Thanks for any tips!

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  34. woww...its so easy to prepare thank you for sharing <3

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  35. Made these and they were so easy and yummy, and made a big impact! Making them again this week for book group! Thank you for the easy and stunning recipe!

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  36. These are delicious served with Haggen Daz "Dulce De Leche" Ice Cream...

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  37. I pinned this a long time ago, and finally made them today. They are delicious! Thank you!

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  38. Cookies, pies and cakes are delicious, but everyone knows that cupcakes are the perfect party treat. Not too big and not too small, cupcakes are a delightfully versatile dessert that can be served on paper plates at a picnic or presented in an elegant, statuesque tower at a wedding or other formal celebration.
    Birthday Cake Toppers

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