As a kid, I was obsessed with Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Every Friday night at 8pm on the dot I’d be parked in front of the TV ready to see what Sabrina was cookin’ up with her talking cat, Salem. I even had a Sabrina the Teenage Witch “Witchcraft” book that I read religiously, concocting science experiments in the name of witchcraft.
I was… an interesting child.
Back then, I would dream of being a witch so I could do cool things like teleport and have a pet that communicates eloquently with me. I’d also use my witch powers to avoid doing homework or clone myself since I always wanted a twin. You know, normal pre-teen witch stuff.
But now, I really want to summon my witchy powers. Witches have all the cool spells and magic, and I desperately want that. I want to look at a vacuum and have it suddenly start self-vacuuming my house. I want to blink at the dishes and have them be done and *shudder* put away. And I want to be able to walk into my closet, whisper a phrase and be transported anywhere in time, anywhere in the world without having to spend an eight hour flight next to someone who sniffs constantly and won’t let me out to pee.
You know. Normal witch powers.
And you know, people use the term ‘witch’ like it’s a bad thing nowadays. I’m totally pro-witch. Honey, if you can concoct potions and have a pet dragon, more power to you. It’s 2015. Anything can happen. And unless you’re crook-nosed and concocting devilish spells to hurt people, I honestly couldn’t care less about your royal witchiness. As long as you can please put a hex on my vacuum so it vacuums itself. PLEASE?
One of the culinary spells I wanted to cast was making perfect Molten Lava Cakes. You know, the ones you always order at restaurants? The ones that, when cut open, release a molten, gooey chocolate center that’s out of this world-amazing? I wanted to recreate that amazingness at home, but frankly, I was a little scared. But truth be told, it’s a lot easier than you’d think, and this recipe yields the PERFECT Molten Lava Cake. Like ever.
And believe me, that gooey center has a spell on me. HUBBA HUBBA.
*very minimally adapted from Kraft
- 4 oz semi-sweet baking chocolate (like by Baker's or Ghirardelli)
- ½ cup butter (I used unsalted)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 egg yolks
- 6 Tbsp flour
- 2 tsp vanilla
- Pinch salt
- Ice cream and chocolate syrup for garnish, optional
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Liberally grease 4 baking dishes or ramekins.
- In a microwaveable bowl, melt together the chocolate and butter on HIGH for 1 minute or until chocolate is smooth and butter has melted. Whisk the chocolate until mixture has combined and is smooth and glossy.
- Add in the powdered sugar, eggs, egg yolks and vanilla, stirring to combine. Lastly, add in the flour and pinch of salt until a thick batter forms.
- Portion the batter evenly among the ramekins and bake for approx. 13-15 minutes or until the edges are firm and set but the center is still soft. Let the cakes stand for about 2 minutes before carefully running a knife along the edge of the ramekin and releasing the cake gently onto a plate. Top with ice cream and chocolate sauce, if desired. Serve immediately.
This is such a foolproof recipe that yields amazingly warm, soft and gooey molten lava cakes. The chocolate flavor is strong and sweet, and the buttery cake is so moist and fabulous. You’ll love these a la mode!