i found this recipe a few years ago while flipping through my rachael ray magazine. i take this out for very special occassions: holidays, special company, and a particularly hard day when all seems to suck.
okay, so maybe a hard day isn’t really considered a special occasion, but you know what i mean.
because it’s the holiday season, a melted pepperminty middle seemed fitting.
i didn’t get to use the chocolate i meant to use for the melty middle, but this hershey’s white chocolate and peppermint bar came through in a pinch. sweet and minty with the decadent chocolate cake makes for the perfect end to a meal.
2014 is right around the corner. for those of you hosting parties or staying in, this would be the sweetest way to ring in 2014.
molten chocolate peppermint cake
from rachael ray
yield 6 individual cakes
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
6 ounces semisweet chocolate
3 large eggs plus 2 large egg yolks
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 full-size peppermint white chocolate candy bar, like hershey’s*
confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
*the chocolate center didn’t get as melty as i wanted, but it was still delicious. i’ve also made this recipe with hershey kisses and caramels in the middle. yum!
preheat the oven to 450. butter and flour six ramekins. whisk the butter and chocolate over a double boiler until melted. once melted, remove from heat.
in the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the eggs, egg yolks, and sugar until pale and very thick. slowly pour in the chocolate mixture while the mixer is on low. add in the flour until just combined.
divide the batter evenly among the ramekins. break the candy bar up, so there is an even amount of chocolate for each cake. submerge the chocolate pieces in the center of each ramekin. put ramekins on a baking sheet and bake for about 12 minutes until set but still slightly jiggly in the center.
turn the cakes onto plates. wait 20 seconds, and then remove the ramekins. dust with the confectioners’ sugar, serve promptly, and devour!