These melton caramel chocolate cakes are rich and decadent lava cakes filled with homemade salted caramel sauce. Perfect for fancy suppers and after-dinner treats!
Total Time:45 minutes
1/2 cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, plus more for ramekins
6 ounces dark (I use 70%) baking chocolate, chopped
3 large eggs
½ cup (100 gm) sugar
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for ramekins
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons caramel sauce, cold
Prepared whipped cream or ice cream, if desired
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Lightly grease the inside of 6 (6 ounce) ramekins or cocottes with a thin layer of butter and dust the inside with all-purpose flour. Shake any excess flour out and set aside while you prepare the cakes. (See notes for variation here)
On the stove over very low heat, melt the butter and chocolate together. Be sure to stir the mixture until melted thoroughly to avoid burning the chocolate on the stove. Once smooth, remove from the stove and set aside to cool slightly while you finish preparing the cakes.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the eggs and sugar and beat with a hand mixer on medium speed until the mixture is light and slightly viscous, about 2-3 minutes. Fold in the chocolate mixture with a rubber spatula and then fold in the flour and salt. Divide most of the batter among the 6 floured dishes and then spoon a teaspoon of caramel sauce in the center of each cake. Spoon the remaining batter on top to cover the caramel and then bake in the preheated oven for about 9 minutes, or until the cake only barely jiggles in the center when wiggled. Carefully remove the ramekins from the oven and allow to rest for 1 minute. Place a small dessert plate on top of each ramekin and invert them to turn the cakes out onto the plate. If your first cake sticks a bit, you can carefully run a thin knife around the perimeter of the cakes to ensure they turn out okay. Enjoy immediately with whipped cream, a dusting of powdered sugar, or ice cream.
If you slather the ramekins too thickly with butter and flour your cakes may have a thin crust on them. To prevent an off-white crust you can keep you butter and flour mixture thin or sub 1/3 of the flour for cocoa powder.
Check out the link in my post for the recipe and how-to for homemade caramel sauce!