Saturday, 29 December 2012

chocolate lava cupcakes

j's birthday cake request this year was simply "something super chocolatey" so i set off to pinterest to try and find something awesome and came across this recipe.
because the recipe only made 6 ramekins (or muffin cases in my case) worth of cake, this seemed like a good option, as making one huge cake would only result in us both eating the entire thing. however, the recipe is also measured in cups, which i don't work in with baking, so i spent way too much time faffing and converting and basically panicking that it was all going to go wrong!
thankfully, they turned out bloomin' amazing, so i thought i'd share my converted recipe with you so that you can give them a go too. i'm even contemplating making them again as a new years day dessert!

ingredients:
180g dark chocolate
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
60ml double cream
120g unsalted butter
40g caster sugar
30g self-raising flour (i always use dove's farm gluten free flour)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

to make the lava centres:
melt 60g chocolate and 60g of double cream in a bowl over a pan on a low heat. whisk gently to blend, then put in the fridge for about 2 hours. once firm, use a teaspoon to mould the chocolate into 6 balls and place back in the fridge until needed.

to make the cakes:
preheat oven to 200ยบ and line a cupcake or muffin tray with 6 muffin cases. melt 120g chocolate with 120g butter into a bowl over a pan on a low heat.
in a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg yolks, sugar and vanilla extract for about 5 minutes on a high speed until thick and light. fold the melted chocolate mixture and the flour into the egg mixture until just combined.spoon the mixture into the cases and then pop a chocolate ball into the centre of each.
bake for 10-13 minutes or until the cake is firm to the touch. leave to cool for 5 minutes, remove from the cases and serve immediately (maybe with some ice cream or fruit!)


14 comments:

  1. Oh these look so good Skye! I think its a great recipe in that it only makes a few, because like you, my boyfriend and I would end up having to eat an entire cake and thats no good for the waistline ;) I'll definitely be making these soon, thanks for the recipe! xx

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    1. thank you katie! glad you agree about the portions :) a whole cake is just too tempting! i hope you like them :) x

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  2. This sounds and looks amazing! x

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    1. haha, thanks erin :) they were seriously yummy! x

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  3. This looks awesome! I invested in some measuring cups recently as most of the recipes i was finding were american.

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    1. oh that's a good idea! i might have to invest soon too, it can get so confusing otherwise x

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  4. They look amazing, definitely going to have to try this recipe! It is a good job they only make six as I would probably eat them all haha xx

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    1. thank you! same here, they were so yummy but definitely good as smaller cakes x

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  5. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I always get so confused when trying to translate American recipes, I swear they it varies for what you are trying to measure. Such a chore.
    These look insanely delicious, I'm pleased for my waist band that the recipe only makes a few!
    JS xx

    http://www.januarysublime.com

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    1. you're welcome! i know exactly what you mean, it can be a nightmare so i'm glad i wrote these conversions down. i hope you like them if you give them a go! x

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  6. This looks like my kind of cake! I think using a muffin style recipe instead of a whole cake's a nicer idea, means each one gets a nice burst of chocolate inside xoxo

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    1. haha good! me too :) i agree, smaller hits of chocolate but just as yummy! x

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  7. These look delicious! :) x

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