Baking Bad: Chocolate Lava Cakes

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Baking Bad: Chocolate Lava Cakes

Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 8-10 minutes
Cooling time: 10 minutes
Total time: 28-30 minutes
Servings: 6 individual cakes

Ingredients:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus a little more for muffin tins
1/3 cup sugar, plus a little more for muffin tins
3 eggs
1/3 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)

Photo by Jocelyn Hsu

Photo by Jocelyn Hsu

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Use your fingers or a brush to butter 6 cups of the muffin pan.

Photo by Jocelyn Hsu

Photo by Jocelyn Hsu

2. Sprinkle with granulated sugar.

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Photo by Jocelyn Hsu

3. Tap out the excess over the sink and set aside.

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Photo by Jocelyn Hsu

4. Melt chocolate using a double boiler.

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Photo by Jocelyn Hsu

Mmmm, can you smell that smell…that smelly smell that smells…insanely chocolatey?

Photo by Jocelyn Hsu

Photo by Jocelyn Hsu

TIP: Make your own double boiler by placing a heat-proof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Or microwave the chocolate on medium (50% power) for 1-1 1/2 minutes, then stir until smooth. The melted bits will melt the solid ones; trust me. If the chocolate is not melted, microwave in 15-second intervals, stirring well after each time.

5. On medium speed, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Photo by Jocelyn Hsu

Photo by Jocelyn Hsu

6. Add eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition.

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Photo by Jocelyn Hsu

7. On low speed, beat in flour and salt until just combined.

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Photo by Jocelyn Hsu

8. Do the same with the melted chocolate.

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Photo by Jocelyn Hsu

9. Pour batter evenly among the 6 prepared muffin cups.

Photo by Jocelyn Hsu

Photo by Jocelyn Hsu

10. Bake just until the tops of the cakes no longer jiggle, about 8-10 minutes. To test this, shake the pan gently; if the consistency of the batter looks and acts like pudding, it needs some more baking. When done, remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes (yes, it’s torture to wait, but yes, it’ll be worth it).

Photo by Jocelyn Hsu

Photo by Jocelyn Hsu

To serve: turn out cakes (either side up looks beautiful), dust with powdered sugar and maybe add a little ice cream if you’re feeling fancy.

Photo by Jocelyn Hsu

Photo by Jocelyn Hsu

Recipe from the one and only Martha Stewart.

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