Single-Girl Melty Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake is the perfect sized dessert for that sweet craving. A winning duo of chocolate and peanut make up this single-serving cake with no tempting leftovers. This version of a standout recipe in Joy the Baker Cookbook (Hyperion, 2012; $20) by Joy Wilson, adds peanut butter or bourbon, two of Joy's favorite flavors.
1/2 teaspoon plus 1 tbsp. unsalted butter, divided
About 1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa (or use flour or sugar)
1/4 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
1 large egg
4 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon natural peanut butter or 1 tbsp. bourbon
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon flour
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 375° and set a baking sheet on rack in center of oven. Grease a 3/4-cup ramekin with 1/2 tsp. butter, then dust with unsweetened cocoa. Set aside.
Put 1 tbsp. butter and the chocolate chips in a small heatproof bowl set over a small pan of simmering water. Heat, stirring, until chocolate melts; let cool a few minutes.
Whisk egg, sugar, and peanut butter in a small bowl to blend. Whisk in chocolate mixture until well incorporated, then stir in salt and flour just until combined. Pour batter into ramekin. Set on baking sheet and bake until as done as you like, 7 to 10 minutes for a molten center (a 3/4-in. ring around the edge will look dull) or 10 to 12 minutes for a soft center (cake edge will puff slightly).
Let cake cool 2 minutes. Protecting hands, invert onto a plate. Eat right away.
This recipe is awesome! I doubled it and split the batter between two ramekins for a Valentine's Day treat for two. Perfect balance of peanut butter and chocolate. A fast, easy, delicious dessert.
I prefer melting chocolate in double boiler as opposed to a microwave.
I made this last night for Valentine's Day and doubled the recipe to make two cakes. My husband loved it! It was super easy to make and was totally delicious! Definitely will be making this again. One thing I did was melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave in 30 second intervals on 70% power and it worked just fine. We live in higher elevation so I cooked it for about 16 minutes and we still had a nice melted center with a nice cake around. If you want to impress someone, this is the recipe to make and it really is simple.
I made this last night for Valentines Day and it was heaven! I baked it for 13 or so minutes and it still had some of the creamy middle which was not too sweet and delicious. I used the Trader Joe's 72% Cacoa Dark chocolate ( in the orange package ) and it was perfect!!