Besides the hearty soup and well balance bowl we've had the past two posts, it seems my diet lately has consisted of more treats than usual. I feel so cliche even saying that, as I would love to tell you I prefer carrot sticks to cookies, but I do not, especially in December. Likely story, I know. I have tried pickles, coffee, brushing my teeth, desperate seances and what not, but sometimes the need for something sweet comes with a fury. By fury, I mean a need for baby chocolate peppermint molten cakes. They are so much easier to make than I expected, and a personal dessert makes a guest, and you, feel special. I am catering a dinner party for twenty this Friday, and after testing these for four, it will be just as easy to do for twenty. Borrowing 16 additonal ramekins is the difficult part. If I am going to make a decadent dessert, it will be worth it. By using organic eggs and butter, and the best quality chocolate you can find, your end result tastes as wonderful as the ingredients you used.

Hugh and I watched Food Inc. last week and I thought it was very well done. I tend to take everything I hear on the subject of the corporate food industry for face value, so am glad I had Hugh to remind me of the art of persuasion. Sure, it is a movie made by one side of the issue, but the material encourages the viewer to buy locally, visit farmers markets, cook at home, plant a small garden and stay away from processed foods. I don't care how literally you take it, but the call to action is unanimously postive. I wish my garden grew molten cakes, then everyone would be happy.lavacake_0002lavacake_0003lavacake_0004


1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter
5 oz. High Quality Bittersweet Chocolate (Valrhona or Scharfenberger)
2 Large Eggs
2 Egg Yolks
1/4 Cup Natural Cane Sugar
2 tsp. Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
1 tsp. Peppermint Extract
Pinch of Salt
Candy Cane for Garnishlavacake_0005lavacake_0006lavacake_0007lavacake_0008

Oven at 450'
1. Set a glass bowl over a pot of gently boiling water (double broiler). Break up the the chocolate, and add it and the butter into the glass bowl. While the mixture is melting, whisk the eggs, egg yolks and sugar together in another bowl until light and thick.
2. When chocolate is almost completly melted remove from the heat, stir to release some heat as it should be quite warm. Slowly pour in the eggs, peppermint extract, pinch of salt and then quickly beat in the flour until just combined.
3. Butter and flour four 4-ounce ramekins, tap out excess flour. Pour the chocolate mix evenly amongst the ramekins. At this point, you can keep them in the fridge for several hours, and simply bring them to room temperature before baking. Otherwise, bake them on a baking sheet for 6 to 7 minutes MAX, centers will be soft. Allow to sit for 3 minutes.
4. Invert the ramekin onto a plate, let them sit about 10 seconds and give the bottom a little tap, then lift. Sprinkle with candy cane, serve immediately. Accompany with unsweetened whipped cream or ice cream if desired.lavacake_0009

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Reader Comments (75)

Those photos are impressive, I'd really like to taste your cakes!

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarion

I need to make this when I get home to Connecticut! The photos are amazing as well : )

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

holy smokes, so delicious...

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermontague

I love that you use awhole wheat flour...and good dark chocolate. Once again the photo's are truely stunning!

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercoconut and quinoa

Just gorgeous.

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermaggie

How beautiful! I agree, there is something really special about a personal dessert. Good for you on the catering! I can't wait to hear how it goes. I'm rooting for you!

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDana

Goodness! Such deliciousness! I wish a) I had a garden and b) it grew molten cakes too! Thanks for sharing - I will definitely be making this over the holidays!

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

I love that you made this festive by adding the peppermint and the crushed candies. Definitely a keeper!

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

oh. my. good. golly. its Christmas on a plate!

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlin @ Roost

I wish that dinner party you were catering were mine (not that I'm having one, I just want you to show up at my door with 20 of these!).
I recently saw Food Inc, too. I'm a fan of Michael Pollan and the "buy local, eat seasonal" crowd, so I like the movie, but know what you mean by taking everything at face value. I just moved to an apartment with a huge fire escape and my upcoming project is an urban garden. If you find molten chocolate cake seeds, please let me know :-)

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa's Cocina

I've been dying to see that movie for a long time. I'm glad to hear confirmation that it's good. It's interesting that your photos make me feel calm yet also yearn for a bite of that cake at the same time :).

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterXiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets

Sara, these chocolate cakes look absolutely wonderful! Best of luck with the dinner party this Friday.

Oh, and I agree that chocolate cake should come in seed form. Wouldn't that be great?!?

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

Wow, that looks and sounds amazing, I might be maxed out on my holiday baking, but I won't forget this recipe for some other time (hopefully soon!).

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

All I can say is yum. I'm on this new kick of trying not to eat anything 2 hours before bedtime and these pictures are killing me. What I would give...beautiful!

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEl


December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Ordinary Vegetarian

Hot damn! This looks INCREDIBLE. What a perfect treat for the holidays.

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjennyjen

Mmmm..licks lips. :) one question, what's a ramekin?

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJocelyn Teo

You know the way to my heart! Merry Christmas Sara!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

brilliant! i haven't made molten chocolate cakes in awhile, but this is a great inspiration to bring out my recipe and add some holiday flavor!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermichaela

Wow these looks absolutely mouth watering! Stunning photos!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBethany

Where's the party? Erin and I are dressed and ready to go. Is it rude if we just come for dessert?

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdanielle@crispytarts

Heaven in a ramekin.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

I'm making dinner for my parents this weekend, and I think these cakes might make a debut for dessert. They look adorable!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicole (Cooking After Five)

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what's that top photo of? is it chocolate poured into a glass bowl with an angle from below the bowl--that's my guess. very cool. they look amazing.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLainey

I get a little jealous of all these delicious mint desserts this time of year. My husband hates mint, so I hardly ever make anything with mint in it since I know I'll just eat it all myself. These look wonderful!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ goodLife {eats}

Chocolate and peppermint?! You are speaking my language. Stunning as usual.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

lord have mercy. how did i not see this when you first posted it. this is a dream come true and i just can NOT wait to taste this concoction. you are my hero.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkristine

Normally molten cakes don't excite me but these are adorable.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdonna

What an excellent idea for the party- good luck! I have had my eye on moulton cakes for awhile but thought they may be complicated. I will give this a try!

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfresh365

ooooh yum! I love this idea, with the candy cane on top? how fun! I even mentioned this recipe on my blog cause it looks so good-" rel="nofollow">> blog love for ya

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteremily- mpls real food lover

this is my idea of a Christmas dessert, sadly I am in the minority, as the relatives are big pie eaters, but perhaps I'll make it any way just for me!

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Wouldn't it be nice? At least there are great people like you who can make them. Gorgeous work!

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

These are stunning! I'm a sucker for peppermint and chocolate (just made peppermint/chocolate cookies myself.) And the photography as always is so beautiful. Happy holidays!

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElissa

voila une bonne idée de dessert pour noel !

December 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpierre

These look amazing (not that I'm surprised... your pictures are always out of this world). I love the spin on traditional molten cakes with the peppermint... am sure your dinner guests will be quite pleased with their individual desserts. YUM

December 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKara

Individual desserts are the best! These look delicious.

December 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

Oh. Just. So. Beautiful.

December 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterredmenace

Beautiful photos as usual. Love the addition of peppermint to a classic cake. The photo of the ooze melts me...

December 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercandice

Most I'm mad you didn't invite me and Dave over. ;)

December 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

Amazing!!!! I must try this one out :)

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPatty

I know you said that they wouldn't be molten by the time they got here, but oh, my friend, I wouldn't care. I'm sure they'd still be delicious.

The photos are the most gorgeous I've seen in a long time. I love the speckled swirl in the first one, like stars on a clear night.

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertara

love the first shot of the solar system. :) beautiful post.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteramelia

The recipe looks great, but your photography is mind-blowing! LOVE the pix! Sending this link to our photographers, this is great inspiration. I hope at some point that we can put together pix that nice for our ramekins.

December 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Ziegler

Yuuuummmm! And so festive!!

December 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMollie

Oh god, next on my to-do list! Looks amazing. I love your pictures!

December 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

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December 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterForkable » Last Minute C

Chocolate and peppermint is the perfect combination this time of year. Your photos are beautiful, and thanks for the wonderful explanation on how to pull off these decadent cakes!

Happy Holidays!

December 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHélène

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