Having a good cake recipe in your repertoire is like having a good song in your back pocket or perhaps a magic trick — something you can perform on demand. I always like to have a good cake recipe on hand. It’s a useful thing – emergencies, birthdays or even Mondays – a cake recipe always comes in handy. Not to mention, if you pass it on, people are always eternally grateful to you. This recipe, however, is a little selfish in that regard. It’s meant for one (and I hope you don’t share dessert). Some days, showing up at a friend’s house with cake is good. Some days, throwing your feet up on the couch, watching Gilmore Girls and eating this cake for dinner is even better.
It’s a breeze to make so there are hardly any notes here. The only thing I noticed was that it’s open to a plethora of flavor possibilities – sea salt, caramel, strawberry, coffee, praline paste, paprika, bananas foster, coconut and even Eggnog during Christmas time. Now, in the name of recipe testing, I’m going to need to make this multiple times. The calories don’t count, right?
Molten Chocolate Cake for One
1/4 cup (43g) chocolate chips/finest chocolate cut into chunks
1 tbs butter
4 tsp caster sugar
1 tsp flour
A pinch of salt (if using unsalted butter)
1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 deg C. Butter and flour a ramekin if you wish. I didn’t because I intended to serve it in the Le Creuset dish itself.
2. Melt the butter and chocolate in the microwave in a heatproof bowl in 10 second bursts till melted and smooth. Set aside to cool.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and sugar. Add chocolate and butter mixture and whisk to combine.
4. Whisk in the flour (and salt, if needed) and bake for 8 – 10 minutes (depending on the strength of your oven). Essentially, the lesser time it spends in the oven, the more invitingly gooey it is.