Ooey, gooey molten chocolate flowing from a warm bed of chocolate cake.
Sigh. Too bad my lava cakes didn't turn out that way. Here they are in all their disastrous glory.
I knew I was in trouble from the get-go. The first part of the recipe had you prepare a frozen ball of chocolate that would be inserted into the cake batter just before baking. The recipe said to melt chocolate and cream together, refrigerate it until firm, and finally roll the chocolate into six balls. Well my chocolate would never harden! (Did I accidentally use too much cream? Or not enough chocolate? ) I even put the chocolate into the freezer and still it wouldn't harden.
Finally I just gave up, mixed up the cake batter and spooned the still soft chocolate centers into the batter.
After the suggested baking time I pulled the pan out of the oven. They looked pretty good, and I had high hopes for success.
But after tipping the cakes out of the pan, this is what I found.
But what my lava cakes lacked in beauty they made up in taste. Yummy! I may have to try them again this weekend and figure out what I did wrong.