Written by Roar Elias
Ever tried chocolate lava cake?
If you are not American, then you will probably not be familiar with a chocolate lava cake, but you may know about a chocolate fondant. Both of these are basically the same thing.
In fact to add to the confusion, this decadent treat is also know as a molten cake. Jean-Georges Vongerichten claims to have invented this, but Frenchman Jacques Torres argues he was the genius who created the lava cake. Mistakes happen in the kitchen all the time, just as they do in the workplace. However, often a lot is gained from it, just like with the chocolate lava cake. It just so happened that on this occasion, the oven was opened a little too early and this meant that the centre wasn't set. Instead, it created this wonderful velvety chocolaty sauce that ran out of the middle when you cut in half.
A chocolate lava cake is always baked in a ramekin and you can carefully take it out and serve it on a plate with some raspberries and a sprinkling of icing sugar. This is a gourmet dessert so you may as well make it look like that. As soon as your guests see a mint leaf on the side dusted with caster sugar along with a couple of berries, they will go "wow!" The method is easy. The trick is leaving it in the oven just long enough to create a sauce that doesn't overcook and become just another sponge cake. This is best served straight from the oven so it doesn't have time to settle down and carry on cooking.
You can add a variety of flavorings as well, such as something like coffee or a suitable liqueur, but most people don't like to combine too many flavors when it comes to this decadent dessert. It's really up to you.
Here is a great recipe, which has been tried and tested!
This is going to make 4 individual cakes
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