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Molten Chocolate Cakes with Cherry Sauce

All You APRIL 2007

  • Yield: 12 Servings
  • Cost Per Serving:$1.91


  • Cakes:
  • 11 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 4 egg yolks from large eggs
  • 4 large eggs
  • Sauce:
  • 1 (12 oz.) package frozen pitted dark cherries, thawed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup Amaretto


Make cakes: Finely chop 3 oz. bittersweet chocolate and place in a medium bowl; set over a pot of simmering water. Add cream and stir until melted. Stir in almond extract.

Refrigerate for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cooled and thick enough to scoop with a spoon.

Sprinkle cocoa powder onto a large piece of waxed paper. Using a teaspoon, scoop mixture into 12 evenly sized balls and drop into cocoa. Roll into rough balls, coating evenly with cocoa. Freeze truffles while preparing cakes.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease 12 (6 oz.) glass custard cups or ramekins with shortening and dust with cocoa powder. Tap out excess. Place on a large rimmed baking sheet.

Chop remaining chocolate and butter into small pieces. Transfer to a large, microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring at 1-minute intervals. Whisk until smooth. Whisk in confectioners' sugar, vanilla and flour, stirring until smooth. Whisk in yolks and whole eggs one at a time.

Divide batter among cups. Put one truffle in each cup and push into center of batter. Bake until tops are set but slightly jiggly, 15 to 17 minutes.

Make sauce: Combine cherries, their juice and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Mix cornstarch and Amaretto; add to cherries, stirring until sauce is thickened and shiny.

When cakes are done, remove from oven and allow to sit for 1 to 2 minutes. To serve, spoon 2 to 3 Tbsp. sauce onto dessert plates. Run a knife around each cake to loosen; invert cakes onto sauce.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 451
  • Fat: 27g
  • Saturated fat: 15g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Carbohydrate: 51g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 177mg
  • Sodium: 27mg

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