Saturday, 3 November 2012

Mini Chocolate Cakes (avec gooey centre) for Sonja

Some people have told me that it's the friends you make in college that stay your friends for life. I've met some amazing people both during my time as an undergraduate and as a graduate student, but to me it feels like that diminishes the bond you have with some of your high-school friends. You know, the friends who knew you before you got highlights and lost weight and started using probably too much make-up. Yeah, those friends. My friend Sonja is one of those people I became friends with, let me think...I guess nearly 11 years ago. Even though we haven't lived in the same country for the better part of 8 years now (why do people have to move abroad when I decide to move back?!?!) we've kept in touch (thank you, Skype!). 
Anyhow, it's Sonja's birthday today and a while ago she asked me whether I could write a recipe for her. 
Something with chocolate.
Something 'like those mini cakes [I] used to make, those with the gooey centre' (ok, that was a fairly loose translation of the fb message that started this whole thing).
So let's talk about those mini cakes Sonja was talking about.
They're from Nigella Lawson's How to be a Domestic Goddess and apparently I made them when I came back home one summer. I think.
They're pretty much chocolate with some eggs, butter, sugar, and flour to hold the chocolate together and you can even make them after a lacrosse game (only potentially still in your sports clothes) while dreaming of all the things you'll eat afterwards. I obviously didn't do any of that because I'm all grown up and organised and whatnot.
Anyhow, let's make some mini chocolate cakes (a.k.a. mini chocolate-mousse-soufflé thingies with a molten chocolate centre).

Note - the original recipe leaves you with mini cakes, I tend to keep them in the ramekins I use to bake them in and eat them like a chocolate soufflé. If you would rather have them sitting on a plate, butter your ramekins and cut out some baking parchment to line the bottoms. Both versions are super easy.

Mini Chocolate Cakes after Nigella Lawson's recipe - enough for 2 cakes
15g Butter
90g Dark Chocolate (use nice chocolate here since it's the main ingredient)
45g Sugar
1 Egg
Pinch of Salt
1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
15g Flour

Preheat your oven 200˚C and heat a baking sheet in the oven.
Melt the chocolate and set it aside to cool. Beat the egg with the salt until it is somewhat frothy. Cream the butter and sugar, then start adding the egg, followed by the vanilla extract. Mix in the flour until well combined. Add the chocolate to the mixture, make sure everything is properly mixed.
Pour the batter into the ramekins and place them in the oven for 10 minutes. 
Nigella suggests tipping them out straight away and eating them with some whipped cream, unwhipped cream, crème fraiche, crème anglaise or ice cream. I really like them slightly cooled just as they are.
Sonja, I hope this cures any chocolate cravings you might have while writing! I wish I could celebrate your birthday with you!


  1. Vielen Dank für dieses tolle Geburtstagsrezept und die netten Bemerkungen über Schulfreunde! (Übrigens: die roten Haare vor den Highlights fand ich auch schon gut...)
    Jetzt weiß ich jedenfalls, was ich als nächstes backe!

  2. This looks so yummy! I have to try these!


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