This cake, which has gained popularity under the alias of “molten lava cake,” is a classic that should be in everyone’s repertoire! The recipe and procedure is deceptively easy as well.
Tell your family or significant other that you are in the mood for chocolate, disappear into the kitchen for a few minutes, pop back out while the cakes are in the oven, walk off like you’re going to use the restroom 15 minutes later, and then come walking in with these cakes…… that’s how culinary legends are created.
Who doesn't like chocolate, right? If you've met someone that claims to not like it, odds are, it is because it's too sweet but I can guarantee that they like a dessert that has some chocolate in it. How do I know? Because I always say I don't like chocolate and I ALWAYS end up eating it.
While this chocolate ganache cake is definitely on the more rich and decadent side, it truly is the perfect go-to dessert when you are in a mood for chocolate. Most ingredients are typically on hand in most home kitchens on a daily basis as well which just makes making this a no brainer! Here's your grocery list:
We highly recommend you use a good dark chocolate here. The cake is so rich as it is and using a dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate will bring balance to the cake.
Besides the baking time and knowing when to pull the cake out of the oven (more on that below), one of the most important steps in making this cake is making sure you cream the eggs with the sugar long enough to incorporate air and volume. This is important so that the cake is light and fluffy, giving more room for the ganache to flow.
You'll want to mix the eggs for 1 minute in the mixer and slowly stream in the granulated sugar while continuing to mix for about 4-5 minutes. Another indicator is to mix until the eggs become light and airy, and turn a pale yellow color.
Another very important step in making the chocolate ganache cake as rich and airy as possible, is melting the chocolate slowly and evenly so the butter melts into the chocolate.
Melting it slowly will ensure it doesn't seperate into an oily layer on top of the chocolate.
The chocolate is melted using a double boiler or creating your own by using a pot and placing a heatproof bowl on top. If you create your own double boiler (which is what we do) you'll want to add the chocolate and butter into the heatproof bowl and heat it slowly, stirring occasionally, to melt the chocolate.
This chocolate ganache cake is always a crowd pleaser! We know your family and friends will be begging you to make this one for all of the get togethers.
Cheers and eat well!
This warm chocolate cake is the perfect treat for true chocolate lovers! It's rich, decadent and so airy you'll be making this one time and time again. And, it's always a crowd pleaser!
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