Molten chocolate cake
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|Alternative names||Lava cake, chocolate lava cake, molten chocolate lava cake|
|Main ingredients||Butter, eggs, sugar, chocolate|
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Molten chocolate cake is a popular dessert that combines the elements of a flourless chocolate cake (sometimes called a chocolate decadence cake) and a soufflé. The name derives from the dessert's liquid chocolate center. Some other names used are chocolate fondant, chocolate moelleux and chocolate lava cake.
The United States-based chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten claims to have invented molten chocolate cake in New York City in 1987, but the French chef and chocolatier Jacques Torres has disputed that claim, arguing that such a dish already existed in France. According to Vongerichten, he pulled a chocolate sponge cake from the oven before it was done and found that the center was still runny, but was warm and had both a good taste and a good texture. Regardless of who invented the dish, Vongerichten has been credited with popularizing it in the United States, and it became almost a de rigueur inclusion on high-end restaurant dessert menus.
Molten chocolate cakes are nearly always baked in ramekin dishes and have four main ingredients: butter, eggs, sugar, and chocolate. Unlike most cakes, this recipe does not use flour. The butter and chocolate are melted together, while the eggs are either whisked with the sugar to form a thick paste, producing a denser finished product, or are separated so the egg whites can be whipped into an egg foam to provide more lift (and thus a lighter cake) when the mixture is baked.
Rather than presenting only the cake itself in a ramekin or on a plate, the baker may choose to make it more appealing. Fresh raspberries, a drizzling of raspberry and/or chocolate sauce, and dustings of powdered sugar may be added to enhance flavor, or a sprig of mint may look more appealing as well. For a more intense chocolate taste, the baker may also add a tablespoon of strong coffee.
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