Mocha Molten Chocolate Cake

Details

Time
5 hours 30 minutes
Skill Level
Expert
Yields
4 individual cakes

Cutting into this lava cake and seeing the liquid chocolate center pour onto the plate is enough to make baking it worth it. And that's before you even taste it! The combination of the rich chocolate center and the whipped mocha cream topping makes this dessert a winner.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
45 minutes
Bake Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Cool Time
10 minutes
Freeze Time
4 hours

Ingredients

  • 2 tsps

    powdered instant coffee

  • 1/4 cup

    water

  • 1 cup

    all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup

    HERSHEY'S Cocoa, plus 1 tablespoon

  • 1/8 tsp

    salt

  • 3/4 cup

    butter (1-1/2 sticks) plus 2 tablespoons, softened

  • 1-1/4 cups

    granulated sugar, divided

  • 2 tsps

    vanilla extract

  • 3

    eggs

  • 1 tsp

    powdered sugar

  • Frozen Chocolate

  • 1 tsp

    powdered instant coffee

  • 3/4 cup

    heavy cream

  • 2 Tbsps

    light corn syrup

  • 1 tsp

    vanilla extract

  • Mocha Cream

  • 1 cup

    whipping creme (1/2 pt)

  • 3 Tbsps

    powdered sugar

  • 2 tsps

    powdered instant coffee

  • 1 tsp

    vanilla extract

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Step-By-Step Directions

Equipment Needed 

oven & stovetop
oven & stovetop
(4) 6 oz. ramekins
(4) 6 oz. ramekins
(2) mixing bowls
(2) mixing bowls
mixer
mixer
baking sheet
baking sheet
dinner plate
dinner plate
saucepan
saucepan
freezer
freezer
1

Prepare Frozen  Chocolate.

2

Heat oven to 425°F. Butter sides and bottom of four (6-oz.) ramekins. Place on baking sheet.

3

Dissolve instant coffee in water; set aside. Stir together flour, cocoa and salt; set aside.

4

Beat butter in large bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Set aside 1 tablespoon granulated sugar; gradually beat in remaining granulated sugar, vanilla and dissolved coffee, beating thoroughly.

5

Separate egg yolks from the egg whites. One at a time, add egg yolks to butter mixture, beating well after each addition.

6

In separate bowl, beat egg whites at low speed until frothy. Gradually increasing to high speed, beat the whites until soft peaks start to form. Add remaining tablespoon granulated sugar, one teaspoon at a time, beating until stiff, shiny peaks form.

7

Fold one third of the cocoa mixture and one-third of the egg whites into the butter mixture. One half at a time, gently fold remaining cocoa mixture and egg whites into mixture.

8

Spoon about 2/3 cup batter into each ramekin. Place heaping teaspoon Frozen Chocolate mixture on center of each batter-filled ramekin. Spoon about 1/4 cup of remaining batter over Frozen Chocolate making sure to cover completely.

9

Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until tops have started to crack.

10

While cakes are baking, reheat remaining Frozen Chocolate and make Mocha Cream.

11

To serve, carefully invert cake onto large dinner plate. Spoon Mocha Cream around base of cake; dust with powdered sugar. Garnish as desired. Serve immediately with the warmed chocolate sauce.

Frozen Chocolate:

Place chocolate chips and instant coffee in medium mixing bowl. Stir together cream and corn syrup in medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with wooden spoon, until mixture comes to a boil. Pour hot cream over chocolate, let stand 30 seconds; stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour chocolate mixture into shallow bowl or dish. Cool slightly. Freeze at least 3 to 4 hours (mixture will not freeze completely).

Mocha Cream:

Beat cream, powdered sugar, cocoa, instant coffee and vanilla in small mixer bowl until cream starts to thicken, but is still pourable. DO NOT OVERHEAT.

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