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April 1, 2008

Tuesdays With Dorie: Gooey Chocolate Cakes

Tuesdays With Dorie: Gooey Chocolate Cake

It's Tuesday! So you know what that means...Tuesdays with Dorie! This week's recipe was Gooey Chocolate Cakes chosen by Tartlete of Lemon Tartlete and let me tell you these little cakes really were ooey, gooey, chocolate heaven!

This week I pretty much followed the recipe to the letter, BUT I did use 4 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate and 1 ounce of milk chocolate, in place of the 5 ounces of bittersweet chocolate and I really liked the way it turned out. I think these cakes would also be very good with a caramel drizzle and possibly even some whipped cream! Some chocolate ice cream in place of the vanilla would have gone well too and if you wanted to just go all out you could add a hot fudge drizzle or a little bit of all of the above might just be grand!

I've always wanted to make a lava type cake so this was a good experience, but I must say this wasn't exactly what I envisioned. These little babies were delicious, but I'm not sure what I was expecting. I ended up enjoying one of them (or half of it anyway) and I froze the other five since Jamison can't eat gluten and I didn't want to eat them all myself. I'll pull them out the next time my father visits because he is a huge snacker and these should be right up his alley!

Be sure and stop on over at the other Tuesdays with Dorie blogs and see how their Gooey Chocolate Cakes turned out. I mean chocolate...What's not to like? ;o)

What You'll Need:
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt (Note: I omitted the salt since I used salted butter.)
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate: 4 ounces coarsely chopped and 1 ounce very finely chopped (Note: As I mentioned above I used 4 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate and 1 ounce of milk chocolate.)
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces (Note: I used salted butter.)
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
6 tablespoons of sugar (Note: I used organic cane sugar.)

Getting ready: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. butter (or spray – it’s easier) 6 cups of a regular-size muffin pan, preferably a disposable aluminum foil pan, dust the insides with flour and tap out the excess. Put the muffin pan on a baking sheet.

Sift the flour, cocoa and salt together.

Tuesdays With Dorie: Gooey Chocolate Cake: Chocolate and Butter

Set a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water, put the coarsely chopped chocolate and the butter in the bowl and stir occasionally over the simmering water just until they are melted – you don’t want them to get so hot that the butter separates. Remove the bowl from the pan of water. (Note: I melted the chocolate and butter in the microwave instead.)

Tuesdays With Dorie: Gooey Chocolate Cakes: Ready to Bake

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and yolk until homogeneous. Add the sugar and whisk until well blended, about 2 minutes. Add the dry ingredients and, still using the whisk, stir (don’t beat) them into the eggs. Little by little, and using a light hand, stir in the melted chocolate and butter. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups and sprinkle the finely chopped chocolate over the batter.

Tuesdays With Dorie: Gooey Chocolate Cakes: Ready for Ice Cream

Bake the cakes for 13 minutes. Transfer them, still on the baking sheet, to a rack to cool for 3 minutes. (There is no way to test that these cakes are properly baked, because the inside remains liquid.)

Tuesdays With Dorie: Gooey Chocolate Cakes: Gooey Center

Line a cutting board with a silicone baking mat or parchment or wax paper, and, after the 3-minute rest, unmold the cakes onto the board. Use a wide metal spatula to lift the cakes onto dessert plates.

Posted by Dianne at April 1, 2008 6:46 AM

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Comments

Nice looking cakes!!

Posted by: noskos at April 1, 2008 7:47 AM

Your cakes look great!

Posted by: April at April 1, 2008 8:51 AM

I like the fact that you still have some texture on the tops of your cakes from the chopped chocolate. They look very nice!

Posted by: mari at April 1, 2008 9:01 AM

I would have liked a bit more lava in the middle, but I think that next time I might just cut off a few minutes from the baking time. I think my oven tends to run warm. I need to get an oven thermometer and check out that assumption.

Posted by: Dianne at April 1, 2008 9:28 AM

I'm definitely going to try the caramel drizzle, too. And milk chocolate. Good call!

Posted by: Rebecca at April 1, 2008 9:29 AM

I had thought about making some caramel yesterday to try out the theory, but it was just one of those days! Next time though. :o)

Posted by: Dianne at April 1, 2008 9:37 AM

Great job! I served it with a scoop of vanilla, too!

Posted by: Rachel at April 1, 2008 9:42 AM

wow, looks great!

Posted by: Karen at April 1, 2008 10:27 AM

those look wonderful...gooey...yum!

Posted by: mary at April 1, 2008 11:04 AM

did you say caramel? YUM!! Great job!
Clara

Posted by: CB at April 1, 2008 11:11 AM

Mine weren't like lava in the middle, but they were very good. I know because I ate too before I started giving them away out of self-preservation! The ice cream looks delicious with these!

Posted by: Madam Chow at April 1, 2008 11:38 AM

I'll have to try it with a little milk chocolate next time! Looks great!

Posted by: Annemarie at April 1, 2008 11:47 AM

Your cakes look deliciously gooey! A little milk chocolate sounds like a great variation!

Posted by: LyB at April 1, 2008 12:56 PM

Ohh you got some great goo going on there! Mine were more fudgy than gooey, but they did taste delicious, especially with a drizzle of muscovado toffee sauce and some clotted cream!!

Posted by: Marie at April 1, 2008 12:58 PM

Ohh you got some great goo going on there! Mine were more fudgy than gooey, but they did taste delicious, especially with a drizzle of muscovado toffee sauce and some clotted cream!!

Posted by: Marie at April 1, 2008 12:58 PM

Ohh you got some great goo going on there! Mine were more fudgy than gooey, but they did taste delicious, especially with a drizzle of muscovado toffee sauce and some clotted cream!!

Posted by: Marie at April 1, 2008 12:59 PM

Oooooo...Nice and Gooey! Caramel drizzle. I should have thought of that after last weeks Flan!

Posted by: Donna at April 1, 2008 1:08 PM

Oooooo...Nice and Gooey! Caramel drizzle. I should have thought of that after last weeks Flan!

Posted by: Donna at April 1, 2008 1:09 PM

Oooooo...Nice and Gooey! Caramel drizzle. I should have thought of that after last weeks Flan!

Posted by: Donna at April 1, 2008 1:10 PM

I had the same experience you did... one or two bites was all I could handle. I guess that's a good thing... these treats are pretty calorically dense.

I'll be curious how well they work out of the freezer...

Posted by: Dolores at April 1, 2008 2:49 PM

Thanks everyone!

I'm interested to see how the freezer works out too. I guess time will tell. :o)

Posted by: Dianne at April 1, 2008 3:47 PM

I am with you on the not knowing what to expect, but the results were delicious!

Posted by: Mary Ann at April 1, 2008 4:53 PM

Yours are frigging nice!

Posted by: Lemon Tartlet at April 1, 2008 7:23 PM

I was also expecting something a little more like a lava cake but weren't they delish anyway?
Yours sure look it!

Posted by: Carrie at April 1, 2008 7:43 PM

good god that looks good! I can almost taste it through the monitor!

Posted by: Moni at April 1, 2008 8:31 PM

I will most definitely be making these again in the future. I think I make cook them a few minutes less though. The center was gooey, but I expected it to be more liquid. They tasted heavenly though! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at April 1, 2008 8:37 PM

What great restraint to freeze them! They would never have made it here in any form! Great job!

Posted by: Gretchen Noelle at April 1, 2008 8:41 PM

Chocolate heaven, totally!

Posted by: Natalie at April 2, 2008 12:14 AM

I knew my father was coming this weekend and he's forever complaining about the fact that we don't have a bunch of junk food around to snack on so I figured these little chocolate cakes would be right up his alley. We'll see soon I guess! :o)

I agree...chocolate...heaven!

Posted by: Dianne at April 2, 2008 3:11 PM

Yours came out lovely! I'm sure your dad will be thrilled when you pull those out of the freezer!

Posted by: Karina at April 3, 2008 12:06 PM

We'll find out on Saturday I guess. He's a bit persnickety so you just never know with him! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at April 3, 2008 12:46 PM

I love gooey cakes your recipe is fantastic i love it.

Posted by: chef okoth okello at December 27, 2008 8:16 AM

Thanks, but this one was all Dorie Greenspan. It was great though! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at December 29, 2008 8:04 PM

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