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Monday, December 23, 2013

Salted Caramel Molten Chocolate Cakes

This month, we've asked food bloggers to share their favorite holiday desserts, and today, Izy of Top With Cinnamon reveals how to make these molten chocolate cakes with salted caramel. How insanely rich and delicious do these look? Here's how to whip them up...

Salted Caramel Molten Chocolate Cakes
By Izy Hossack of Top With Cinnamon


From an early age, I've had a caps-lock OBSESSION with molten chocolate cakes. They were one of those miraculous treats that could only be found on the dessert menus of restaurants—and I would always order one. The cake would arrive at the table accompanied by a super-fancy quenelle of vanilla-speckled ice cream which melted and pooled onto the plate, marbling with the chocolate goo from within the cake. Talk about a dream dessert.

It took me some time to find the right recipe and to make sure that I didn't over-bake the cakes, but eventually I got them right (although I can't complain—I got to eat a lot of chocolate cakes in the process).

One day, I had some salted caramels sitting around and poked them into the batter too. Best. Decision. Ever. Chocolate and salted caramel are a power couple in the flavor world. If you're not already on this sweet-salty bandwagon, get on it immediately.

Now, surely these cakes can't get any better. WELL THEY CAN. You can make them in advance, so they're perfect for dinner parties. You make the batter and chill it for a few hours. Then, when you're ready, you just add the caramel and bake for 10 minutes. Then, BOOM. Dessert = done.

Recipe: Salted Caramel Filled Molten Chocolate Cakes
Makes six

You'll need:
For the Salted Caramel:
1/3 cup (65 g.) granulated sugar
1 tbsp. agave syrup, honey or corn syrup
1/4 cup (60 ml.) water
1/3 cup (80 ml.) heavy cream
1/2 tsp. flaky salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
(Alternatively, you can skip making the caramel: take 6 store-bought salted caramels and poke one into the batter in each ramekin after chilling.)


For the Cakes:
2/3 cup (100 g.) bittersweet chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
1/4 cup (55 g.) unsalted butter
3 tbsp. (30 g.) all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
3 eggs
1/3 cup (65 g.) granulated sugar

For the ramekins: 2 tbsp. softened butter and 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
Optional: whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, to serve

What to do:
In a deep saucepan, heat the first three caramel ingredients, stirring just until the sugar dissolves. Continue to cook over a medium-high heat, swirling the pan often (don't use the spoon to stir the mixture as this can cause crystallisation in the caramel) until the mixture becomes golden. Remove from the heat and immediately add the cream - stand back for a second as the mixture will bubble up. Stir in the cream until completely combined, then add the salt and vanilla extract. Set the caramel aside to cool.
Butter six, 4-oz ramekins and dust with the cocoa powder, shaking out any excess.

In a small saucepan, heat the chocolate and butter together on low, stirring until just melted. Remove from the heat and stir in the flour and salt until smooth.
Crack the eggs into a large bowl and beat using an electric whisk whilst gradually adding the sugar until pale. Pour the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and gently fold together using a rubber spatula. Divide the mixture between the ramekins and chill for at least 30 minutes (or up to 5 hours, if making in advance).
Ten minutes before you're ready to bake the cakes, preheat your oven to 350 F.
Spoon a heaped teaspoon of the cooled caramel into the center of each ramekin and push it down gently into the cake mixture. Place the ramekins onto a small baking tray and bake for 8-10 minutes. Loosen the edges of the cakes with a knife and turn out onto individual plates. Serve immediately with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Incredible. Thank you, Izy!

P.S. More best recipes, including chocolate ice-cream and a lazy egg sandwich.

(Photos and recipe by Izy Hossack of Top With Cinnamon. Thanks to Shoko for helping with this series.)

76 comments:

Loreto Vasquez said...

I love recipes with pictures!!!, Thanks. And....is Toby in this Pinterest pin??? I think so.
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Charlotte Miller said...

Wow, these look just divine! Will have to try them.

On another note, I (well, my boyfriend designed) a book for my Dad's 60th Birthday with 60 letters & memories from 60 of his friends! I'd love for you to check it out: http://www.worthwakingupfor.co.uk/2013/12/6060.html

Merry Christmas!! xx

Yuko said...

I love baking and I'll be definitely trying this! Love all the pictures too.
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jamie levine said...

I'm over molten cakes but with the caramel, these look insane!! Great pics too.

reiter8 said...

Wow, these are going to be perfect for New Years! Thanks!

Zo Mposula Jütte said...

Looks yummy! I might give them a try.

Jackie {York Avenue} said...

Love all of these pictures...this looks too delicious for words. Amazing.

jm said...

Whoa! This sounds amazing!

girlseeksplace said...

I'm not a lover of salted caramel, but these look delicious.

smash said...

Wow!! This looks absolutely amazing. I will have to try and tackle them over vacation. Thanks for sharing! xx

lisaathome said...

Beautiful! These look like the perfect dinner party treat. Thank you!

Ashley said...

holy goodness!! These look fantastic! anything Molten, salted and chocolate is a winner in my book!

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Cat Fyson said...

Oh dear god these look incredible, everything I love in a pud!

Gina said...

Mouthwatering!

Grace Beekman said...

These look divine! I'll take an entire tray, please!

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Mani said...

These sound incredible! I'm a sucker for salted caramel so I'll definitely have to try it out.

Wren Brocke said...

Mmmm... These remind me of the mini chocolate pies I had at a family dinner not too long ago. Also, I love how you created a GIF for that one picture. :) Delicious!

Tracey said...

Anything with salted caramel and I'm gone! Merry Christmas my lovely to you and your fam ;) XX

flashshoe said...

These look great.

Now I'm hoping we'll get a month of bloggers's favorite salads in January!

LV said...

This looks and sounds insanely delicious!

Carla Schwartz said...

Looks great!
For an easy, delicious recipe check out Christmas Crack, at toffee candy made with saltines. I reblogged the recipe. So easy.
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Kathleen Heffner said...

Oh. My. Gosh. that looks so delicious!! I just recently discovered how wonderful molten chocolate cakes are because I was enamored of creme brulee and would try it everywhere we ate. 16 years later I finally decided that I would only order it at my favorite place to go for my birthday because they make THE best brulee! so the chocolate cake was a good decision once...
BTW--love those plates she serves the cake on.

Michelle Lee said...

Merry Christmas!


christelle is flabbergasting said...

Jeez! Izy is so talented! I am craving of these molten cake now!! Happy holiday to you, Joanna, and your family!

KCHossack said...

What a great post! Truly inspired just in time for indulging!! I love the little gif Izy made, it's so cute! I will def. start following topwithcinnamon.com asap!
Thanks for sharing this young talent, merry Christmas!

Miss Munks said...

I just made these. I followed it exactly, and it wouldnt set. Even after an extra five minutes in the oven. Im so disappointed. Joanna, do you test these recipes prior to posting?

Miss Munks said...

I just made these. I followed it exactly, and it wouldnt set. Even after an extra five minutes in the oven. Im so disappointed. Joanna, do you test these recipes prior to posting?

bunnygrace said...

jo, these look amazing! the pictures make looking through so much easier, I dont like recipes on blogs that are just big slabs of text, much rather big slabs of chocolate!!

marie laure said...

Happy holidays everyone!

Miyan said...

That looks like an orgasm in your mouth! Making 'em...

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Bethany said...

Oh my goodness! NEED!

Darcy said...

Mine wouldn't set either. Thinking it depends on the thickness of the ramiken. I had mine in the oven almost 20-25 min. They came out delish but more solid and not molten.

Kaitlin M said...

I made these for Christmas dinner and they were great! I had to cook them quite a bit longer, (more like 15-18 minutes) to set, but they were still molten in the middle! I also wasn't sure how long to beat the eggs, so I just beat them for AWHILE like 7 minutes, and it worked out. I used Callebaut chocolate, which I think was a good idea--super super rich, but deeeeelish.

cheyenne said...

this looks delicious! i might try this for our new years eve party, yum.
xo, cheyenne

Janessa Sanio said...

I gave the recipe a try! It's delicious but it didn't set, had to bake a little longer. I must be doing something wrong as The 'caramel lava' leaked after flipping it over on a plate. Maybe to chill it a bit before baking, spoon in the caramel and put in more batter before chilling it some more. Also Also how should the caramel consistency be like after cooling? Mine was kinda runny.

heshewee said...

Gosh! These look incredible...I was actually hoping to put a stop to all the baking now that Christmas is over, but these look too good to pass up.

Jessica said...

I agree with everyone who said these LOOK delicious…but like the others who actually tried them, mine were still completely unbaked and runny at 8 minutes. Not sure how they got to look so wonderful in the photos since mine are so pathetic, ha!

Jessica said...

I agree with everyone who said these LOOK delicious…but like the others who actually tried them, mine were still completely unbaked and runny at 8 minutes. Not sure how they got to look so wonderful in the photos since mine are so pathetic, ha!

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

Whoa, yum!!

Alex said...

Looks so yummy!

Lyndsay said...

I should have read the comments before I baked these. Mine took at least 20 minutes to cook. Great in theory, but maybe should have included more instructions like an approximate time to beat the eggs or heat the sugar/water/corn syrup mixture.

jjlee said...

I tried making these delicious looking lava cakes and mine did not turn out anything like the pictures. After trying twice to make the salted caramel I gave up and used my go to recipe (I've made salted caramel a few times and never had a problem). My cakes didn't set up right away and required an additional 12 minutes to cook. Sadly my cakes didn't taste very good or look anything like the pictures.

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Divine.

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Tracie Meier said...

I made this for company tonight and I was so excited to eat them but they never set. I was so disappointed!

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