Decadent dark chocolate cakes with a molten chocolate center.
I am a serial under-celebrator of Valentine’s Day. To me, the best part of Valentine’s Day is getting my Sidekick’s cards ready to hand out at daycare and decorating sugar cookies for their party.
Remember how much fun Valentine’s Day was when you were little? Laboriously putting together a construction paper mailbox to tape to your desk for receiving all your Valentine’s Day cards in. Inevitably there would be some kind of party involving a wondrous mix of store bought and home-made cookies and cupcakes. The afternoon passed in a rush of icing and sprinkles and then you would proudly gather up your little mailbox full of cards and candy to take home with you. Everyone was included and it was innocent and fun, all about friendship and getting high on sugar together.
Then comes high school and boom – Valentine’s Day turns into a “holiday” of angst, over-analysis and the worst horror of all – candy-grams.
I’ve always thought Valentine’s Day should hold that element of care-free fun we experienced as kids. I think baking a special treat any day of the week, let alone Valentine’s Day, is the sweetest sign of one’s love. As in, I love you enough to not eat all of these myself and actually give you one.
I set about to make my lovely wonderful choc-aholic husband lava cakes for Valentine’s Day, gathering all the ingredients I would need from the baking supplies cupboard. Except the chocolate chips, which I know I had put in there last week, were all of a sudden nowhere to be found.
Me: Honey, do you know where the bag of chocolate chips went?
The Argentinian: What bag?
Me: The bag of chocolate chips that was in the baking supplies cupboard?
The Argentinian: What cupboard?
The Argentinian: Where they for something?
Me: Yes. They were for baking. They were baking supplies. For baking. In the baking supplies cupboard.
Really? You ate the baking supplies that were going to be for YOUR Valentine’s Day treat?
Anyway, it wasn’t such a big deal. I just ran out to the store to get some more, but I did wonder. Does anyone else have to hide their baking supplies from their loved ones?
Chocolate Lava Cakes
- 2 -3 tablespoons cocoa powder, for dusting pan
- 3/4 cup butter (+ extra to grease pan)
- pkg of dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup cream
- 5 eggs
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup flour
- Grease a 12 cup muffin tin with butter, then dust bottom and sides of each cup with cocoa, shaking out excess.
- Place 3/4 cup butter, chocolate chips and cream in a double boiler and slowly melt, stirring often until mixture is smooth and glossy. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
- Stir in the eggs, sugar and flour until combined.
- Fill each cup until almost full, then place the pan in the fridge for at least one hour.
- Bake in a 450° oven for 10 minutes. The border of the cake should be set, while the middles will still be slightly runny.
- Cool slightly for 5 – 10 minutes, then invert muffin tin onto a serving tray. Top with an extra dust of cocoa powder, whipped cream and strawberries.