February 4, 2012

Molten Lava Cupcakes & Why I Began Blogging.

If you ask me how i happened to blog, i will tell you that the credit goes to Mr. P, my hubby. For the life of me, i cant imagine writing stuff for everyone to read . I was very happy cooking, cleaning and reading. Blogging or rather typing up stuff was not a penchant. It was P who gently coaxed me into writing. He even offered to write up posts for me. But once you begin writing or blogging, then there s no stopping i guess. You want to improve on your cooking, you want to explore new ways of cooking and you want to venture out into unfamiliar territories of cooking. That s just what happened to me. I transformed into a maniacal foodie once i began my blog. I threw quite a few people off balance when i became this maniac. Ever since i ve started writing, i ve changed as a person completely. I ve learnt to appreciate nuances of food and i ve also made some great friends. In short, i can tell blogging is therapy to me. I cant imagine a life without my blog. The eager beaver blogger in me has definitely scored some brownie points in my life.
                                 Baking and blogging go hand in hand for me. I began experimenting with baking and it is only this interest which perked up my courage to be more experimental in cooking. I started with a humble eggless chocolate cake. It was  a run of the mill attempt but that did not discourage me. Ever since that paltry cake that i baked, i ve read up so much on baking that i sometimes feel if you put me in the oven, i ll come out as one pretty nice cake. All that reading has rewarded me with some piece de resistance. This molten lava cake is one such rarity where everyone and anyone who ate it fell in love with me and the cake immediately. Result. I had a very jealous husband at the end of it all. So lets make people fall in love again shall we?
And i must tell you that you will never never look at molten lava cakes the same way after you bake it at home.


Prep Time: Under 20 mins
Cook Time: 10 to 12 mins
Makes 10 small cupackes


What you need?

Cooking chocolate dark ones 125 g
Cooking chocolate the sweet ones 100g
Eggs 4
All purpose flour 1/2 cup
Powdered sugar 2/3 cup
Unsalted butter 1 cup plus some more to grease your cake pan or muffin pans

For Garnish:

Strawberries or cherries 10 to 12
Powdered sugar 2 tsp

For Serving:

Ice cream or whipped cream

I know the ingredients list is ridiculously short but that s all you need to make this decadence.

How to make it?

If you want to get a nice drool worthy lava cake, then you have to know the double boiler technique. No shortcuts on that. No microwaving does not fetch you amazing results so please gear up to do the thingie on the stove. Remember, we had a life without the microwave too??

Chop up the chocolate pieces into bits ( turns out to be an energy consuming task but believe me, you will not regret it one bit). Place the chocolates in a bowl which is shallow and which will fit into a larger bowl which is deeper. Now, fill the larger bowl with water half way up and let it boil. Once the water starts boiling, place the shallow bowl over the larger bowl.


You can see that the chocolate starts melting in a few minutes. Melt the chocolate until smooth and shiny. Keep stirring with a wooden spoon and make sure there s no absolutely no contact with water. Water s the biggest enemy for chocolate.


Once the chocolate is melted, add the butter to this and incorporate well till the butter melts into the chocolate. Keep aside to cool.


Pardon the direction of the picture. Now, in a large mixing bowl, place the powdered sugar and the eggs. 


Cream eggs and sugar till the eggs are light and fluffy. Add the flour next and combine well making sure there are no lumps.


Now, add the melted chocolate into this mixture. If you have that heavenly chocolate sticking to the bowl, go on and take a nice lick.


At this stage, preheat the oven to 180 C. Grease your muffin pans with butter. I made the mistake of using muffin liners but please dont.


Now, mix the chocolate well into the egg mixture.


Spoon the batter half way up in muffin pans. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 mins and longer if you want a stiff center. I like my center a lil gooey so i baked it for 12 mins.


My cakes had rosen beautifully and cracked and they had a lovely gooey centre just like the way i want them.



I served them with a strawberry on top and a lil sprinkle of powdered sugar.


 Serve them warm with vanilla ice cream and you will definitely see your husband beam if you are serving it as an after dinner dessert to your guests. Well, i got too many beams that day. :)
Sending this to Bake Fest 4 hosted by me for Vardhini , Radhika s Lets Cook Sweet SomethingsChocolate LoverValli s Chocolate MelaLets Cook For Valentines Hearts

11 comments :

Aarthi said...

They look delicious..Bookmarked

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Alice said...

Yum, love this! Definitely going to give it a whirl...

Radhika said...

Baking a molten lava cake has been my long time wish. Your post makes me want to bake it right away. They look superb Anu.

Achu's Amma's Kitchen said...

yummy...delicious...

Sofia Arcângelo said...

Oh my! It looks delicious! I love your blog. :)

Crunchy Creamy Sweet said...

I am glad you started blogging - your recipes are fabulous! The photos make the cupcakes very tempting :)

Sravs said...

so delicious cupcakes !!

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sangee vijay said...

it looks so delicious and really tempting Anu!! Well done dear,

simply.food said...

Simply chocolicious.

Pinks said...

wow anusha, these look delicious and makes it to top of my to do recipes....lovely clicks as well and wanted to try these from such a long time....

Rosh said...

Looks delicious!