Molten Chocolate Cakes with Chunky Raspberry Sauce

Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: A.J. Battifarano
Serve these individual chocolate cakes warm so that the rich molten centers will ooze out and combine with the sweet raspberry sauce.

Yield:

Serves 8

Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook: 12 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 451
Fat 33 g
Satfat 19 g
Protein 6 g
Carbohydrate 34 g
Fiber 2 g
Cholesterol 204 mg
Sodium 32 mg

Ingredients

Sauce:
2 cups fresh or thawed frozen raspberries
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon sugar
Cakes:
12 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), cut into small pieces
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
3 large eggs, at room temperature
3 large egg yolks, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Preparation

1. Make sauce: Place raspberries in a large bowl and stir in lemon juice and sugar. Use a fork to mash until sugar is dissolved and sauce is chunky. Cover and chill well before serving.

2. Make cakes: Preheat oven to 425°F. Butter 8 3/4-cup ramekins or custard cups. Dust with sugar and tap out excess. Place on a large baking sheet.

3. Melt 12 Tbsp. butter with chocolate in top of a double boiler over barely simmering water, stirring often. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

4. Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat eggs and egg yolks with sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy, about 6 minutes. Fold in flour and chocolate mixture. Divide batter between ramekins and bake until firm yet slightly soft in center, 10 to 12 minutes. Do not overbake.

5. Run a knife around outside of cakes to loosen and carefully turn out onto small plates. Serve warm with raspberry sauce.

Note:

Be sure not to overbake these cakes; they should be firm on the outsides and slightly soft in the centers. .

September 2010