Molten Chocolate Cakes With Sugar-Coated Raspberries

"Dessert is individual molten chocolate cakes. They're simple and elegant, and they bake in under 10 minutes in a standard muffin pan. The best part about these little beauties is that the cake batter is extremely forgiving: You can make it up to six hours before you plan to serve the cakes. Fill the pans with batter and refrigerate, but remember to remove the pan far enough in advance of baking to let the batter return to room temperature. Because they bake for only 8 to 10 minutes, pop these little cakes into the oven as you're clearing the main course dishes and making coffee. From 2003 USA Today. *NOTE* This is a recipe adopted by me in wild zarr adoption fest, in September of 2006. When I make it I will certainly update the results!"
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  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips or 8 ounces chocolate candy bars, cut into bite-size chunks
  • 5 large eggs
  • 12 cup sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 4 teaspoons flour (or matzo meal, ground in a blender to a fine powder)
  • 8 extra-large paper baking cups (or use regular paper muffin cups, which will make 12 cakes)
  • Garnish

  • 1 (6 ounce) container raspberries, barely moistened and rolled in about
  • 12 cup sugar, right before serving


  • Melt butter and chocolate in a medium heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water; remove from heat.
  • Beat eggs, sugar and salt with a hand mixer in a medium bowl until sugar dissolves. Beat egg mixture into chocolate until smooth. Beat in flour or matzo meal until just combined. (Batter can be made a day ahead; return to room temperature an hour or so before baking.)
  • Before serving dinner, adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Line a standard-size muffin tin (1/2 cup capacity) with 8 extra-large muffin papers (papers should extend above cups to facilitate removal). Spray muffin papers with vegetable cooking spray. Divide batter among muffin cups.
  • Bake until batter puffs but center is not set, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Carefully lift cakes from tin and set on a work surface. Pull papers away from cakes and transfer cakes to dessert plates.
  • Top each with sugared raspberries and serve immediately.
  • *Make sure you use unsalted margarine; otherwise, the cakes will be too salty. (You can use salted butter, if you like, but remember to omit the pinch of salt.).

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  1. Wow! This little cake is delicious! We even took pics 'cause it looked so darn tasty. Would make a great after-dinner house party dessert. Thanks for posting!
  2. Wow. So simple, but makes such an impact.
  3. One of my PAC picks Spring 2007 Wonderful little dessert we ate before the main course-no kidding! I used a combination of milk and semi-sweet chocolate chips and rolled my raspberries in a dampened paper towel which allowed just enough sugar to adhere to the berries. Didn't need the 1/2 cup, 1/4 would have done, if that. Made four desserts and you get four thumbs up from this family. In my house four thumbs up means five stars! Thanks for sharing this recipe and I hope others try it too.



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