Sunday, 21 February 2016

Chocolate Molten Larva Cake

Hi Guys!! 

I'm making something extra special today. 

There's this guy my friend Maria fancies, and he is coming over to our flat this evening. She really wants to impress him with a home cooked meal, but certainly doesn't want to spend all day in the kitchen, so she asked for my help. In the true nature of friendship, I was willing to. 

I decided we would make some homemade pasta for the main course and a molten larva cake with toffee ice-cream for dessert. Both are really romantic meals plus they are also easy to make, and we could just do most of the prep work before he arrives. She could then put the finishing touches to the meals in his presence #wink.




So heres what we made:
Ingredients
  • 130g dark chocolate
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 120g of butter
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1/3 cup of flour
  • A pinch of salt
Other things required
  • 2 Ramekins (or muffin moulds/ moi-moi cups)
  • A knob of butter
  • 2 bowls
  • An oven pan
  • A whisk
  • 1 Tbsp of cocoa powder
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  2. Crack two eggs into a bowl, add the icing sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Mix well until the sugar dissolves.
    Adding the sugar to the eggs

    Eggs, sugar and vanilla incorporated
  3. Melt the chocolate and butter together, either in a microwave for 20 seconds or over a pot of boiling water and set aside.
    Melted chcocolate
  4. Transfer the melted chocolate into the egg mixture, and mix well to combine. It should be light and smooth like a ganache.
    Adding the chocolate ingot he egg mixture

    Chocolate incorporated into the egg mixture
  5. Now add the flour into the mixture, and gently mix it into the chocolate mixture.
    About to add the flour

    Added flour

    Flour incorporated
  6. The take your ramekins and grease them with the knob of butter. Then take the cocoa powder and put into the buttered moulds. Run it around until it has coated both ramekins, then set aside.
    About to butter the ramekins

    Buttered ramekin

    A teaspoon of cocoa powder into the ramekin

    Coating the buttered ramekins with cocoa powder

    Cocoa powder coated ramekins
  7. Carefully transfer your mixture into the ramekins, with a spoon  till it is about 2/3rd of the way ensuring that it doesn't spill. For variety you can place a white chocolate bar into the mixture.
    The mixture in the ramekins

    A white chocolate bar added to the mixture
  8. Place the ramekins in an oven pan, and place in the preheated oven for  8-10 mins.
  9. Once they are done, remove from the oven and allow to rest for about 2 minutes.
    Fresh out of the oven
  10. Carefully turn them over on a plate. 
    Carefully turning it over

    Out of the ramekin
  11. Serve with your favourite ice-cream. Break open the cake and see the larva flow....Enjoy! 
Tips
  1. The mixture can be placed in the ramekin and left there until your guest arrives. So you can put it in the oven when you're about ready to serve.
Try it out and #eleanorzkitchen