If you are looking for an easy and quick chocolate dessert, this is the one. It's perfect for making when company comes over, it looks fancy and you can make several at one time.
Chocolate Lava Cakes
4 tsp sugar (for preparing the ramekins)
1/2 cup butter, cubed
4oz (about 1/2 cup) of semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup powdered sugar
2 whole eggs PLUS 2 egg yolks (4 yolks and 2 whites total)
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 Tbs all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease (4) 6oz ramekins with Crisco. Then sprinkle 1 tsp of sugar into each ramekin. Swirl the cups around so that the sugar coats the bottom and sides. Place ramekins on a baking sheet and set aside.
In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter and chocolate chips together for 30-40 seconds. Whisk until smooth- try to whisk and let the remaining chocolate melt without heating it in the microwave more than once. To the chocolate, add the powdered sugar, eggs, egg yolks, vanilla extract, and flour. Whisk until smooth.
Divide the batter evenly amongst the 4 ramekins. Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes. You want the very edges to be set but the center to be runny (see the second picture). Start checking that the 12 minute mark and time accordingly.
Once the cakes are done, transfer the ramekins to a cooling rack and let cool for 5 minutes. Then carefully run a knife around the very edge to loosen the cake- take care not to puncture the cake. Invert ramekin gently onto a plate. Dust cake with powdered sugar or whipped cream.