I happened to read somewhere that chocolate lava cake was the result of a major culinary disaster; the dessert meant to be individual chocolate cakes which didn't get cooked well resulting in a soft runny chocolaty centre. The resulting "uncooked centred" cake was duly favourited by the baker as well his guests!
Obviously being in my should-try-once list I was excited when Divya announced the recipe for October's sweet punch! The very Molten Chocolate Lava Cake!
So here we have to be careful not to cook the cake 'a little too much' thereby resulting in a 'well cooked centred' chocolate cake ;)
Preparing the batter was a breeze. For the very first time I enjoyed melting chocolates in my double boiler milk cooker, the baking bars brought down by my sister.
As mentioned earlier I wanted to cook them carefully to get used to the baking time and chose to bake them one by one. The first ramekin got cooked a little too much with 19 minutes, while the second one was too mushy with 15 minutes. Now I knew the time and controlled it as 17 minutes. Remember, the baking time varies according to your oven model and setting.
Only when I placed the cake on the plate did I realise that the uncooked centre was sticking at the bottom, resulting in a 'not so smooth finished top part'. Besides, the cakes failed to hold their shapes :( letting down my expectations of having those firm dark cakes with the lava flowing out, beautifully!
When the 5th ramekin hopped out hot from the oven, I couldn't wait any longer.....
..scroll down to the last but one picture, please ;)