Ooey-Gooey Little Chocolate Cakes

Ooey-Gooey Chocolate Cakes - straight from the oven

I have a confession to make. Lately, I’ve been craving chocolate; deep, dark, ooey-gooey chocolate. So naturally, when I found this recipe for Chocolate Dessert Cakes that look almost black from their dark, chocolately goodness… well, let’s just say I got excited. When I saw they were made in individual ramekins with a handful of ingredients I already had in my pantry… well, let’s just say I got more excited. So excited I hit print and ran immediately to my kitchen. R.A.N. You heard me! And trust me, I don’t run for much.

This recipe could not be easier. See for yourself:

6 ounces of butter, melted
1 cup of granulated sugar
1/3 cup of brown sugar
3 eggs
½ teaspoon of almond extract (I added this; it’s optional)
1 ¼ cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 cup of good-quality cocoa powder
6 squares of dark chocolate (about ¼ ounce each)

Start by pre-heating your oven to 325F.

In a mixing bowl, combine the melted butter, both sugars, eggs and extract; mix until well combined. Sift in the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder and again mix until well combined. The batter will be thick.

Place six 8-oz. ramekins into a baking pan. I used five, because that’s what fit in my 8″ square baking pan and it worked out just fine. I also sprayed them lightly with cooking spray to prevent sticking.

Place one square of chocolate into the bottom of each ramekin. Side Note: I used Special Dark, but you could also use Andes chocolate mints, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, or your personal favorite. Why not, right?

Using an ice cream scoop (or a spoon), divine divide the batter equally among the six ramekins. Because the batter will be thick, you may need to use the back of your scoop or spoon to press it gently into the ramekin.

Place on the center rack of your oven, and bake for 20 minutes. Do not bake longer! The centers are supposed to stay gooey and wonderful.

Remove from the oven and allow them to cool for a few minutes. Serve with your favorite vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream.

To store, put them into empty cans of beets or spinach that have been thoroughly washed and dried, then push them to the back of your fridge. Why? Because sharing is totally overrated.

Recipe Credit: The Instant Cook by Donna Hay and FoodNouveau.com

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20 responses to “Ooey-Gooey Little Chocolate Cakes

  1. Pat Counts

    What an awesome idea for storing! Carl hates and I mean hates beets! I will remember that one. These do sound delicious. Pat

  2. Big Sis

    OOOOOooooo, yum. I might have to try this one this weekend.

    • Tryyyyyy it…. you’ll liiiiiiiiike it! I’m thinking about hitting the grocery store for some coffee ice cream so I can finish these puppies off in style.

      • TCP

        Sounds like a job for “Christine” (our Cusinart ice cream machine).

      • Sounds good to me! I’ve been meaning to post that recipe for Ben & Jerry’s Sweet Cream Ice Cream Base. This way, we can kill 2 birds with one stone. That’s a figure of speech, PETA fans. I don’t need no stinkin’ hate mail.

  3. Sounds delightfully decadent–thanks!

    • You’re welcome, Patti! I’ll warn you…on their own, these are a little intense. I recommend eating them with ice cream, whipped cream, or a steaming latte. But if you’re looking to satisfy a chocolate craving, this will definitely do it!

  4. The Baby

    Was that a Freudian slip… divine the batter instead of divide? It does look devine.

  5. Woah. Just…woah. It is time for me to buy some ramekins.

  6. Cindy

    You had me at Ooey-Gooey! :)

  7. Kat

    This is why ramekins are among my favorite thing in the kitchen.

  8. The one thing I gleaned from this post is that I am far less clever than you. I never thought to hide the good stuff in containers of things my family wouldn’t touch. I shall employ your genius immediately.

  9. Oh this looks divine! I love the creative, eclectic style of your blog! Looking forward to visiting it often! : )

    • Thanks, Anne. They’re even better with a scoop of coffee ice cream, as The Complete Package and I discovered yesterday. I hope you’ll give them a try and let me know what you think. Thanks for dropping in to visit. I’m enjoying browsing through your blog, as well. I love your quotes at the start of each recipe, especially the Alice Walker quote about peaches. Awesome!

  10. Pingback: TCP Cooks: Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Subtitle: Meet Christine. She’s evil. | Inside NanaBread's Head

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