I’ve decided to share my most recent baking obsession: making delicious, chocolate, molten cakes! I started with a recipe from a pretty good Martha Stewart cooking book about the seasons, Everyday Food. You can actually find the original recipe on her blog. However, I really felt strongly that I wanted to include cream cheese – I mean, I love cheesecake, I love sweet cheese, I just LOVE CHEESE!!! So, after a bit of tweaking, I feel like I finally got it – a great recipe for Molten Chocolate Cheese Cakes.
Here it is:
- 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1/2 + 1Tablespoon granulated sugar (and a bit more for dusting the muffin tin)
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted. (I usually use the 10oz. Ghirardelli premium baking chips – 60% Cacao. Though I don’t usually like Ghirardelli chocolate, these chips melt very nicely, and are delicious. I usually just eat a handful beforehand to get about 8 ounces.)
- Preheat the oven to 400 F. Generously butter 7 cups of a standard muffin tin. Dust with granulated sugar, and tap out excess. You will need them later ;)
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter, cream cheese, and granulated sugar until fluffy and delicious. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. With the mixer on low speed, beat in the flour until just combined. Beat in the chocolate (I usually just use a spatula to fold it in), do not over mix. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin tins.
- Bake just until just the tops of the cakes no longer jiggle – tends to be around 12 minutes (but in my oven it’s only 10). Remove from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes.
- Take out of the muffin tins and place on a rack until ready to serve (they are delicious both warm and cool).
- Of course, there are a variety of ways to serve it: with dusted powdered sugar on top, whipped cream on the side, or some ice cream!
Anyway, try it out, and if you like it, let me know <3 This is really my first time changing a recipe so drastically (usually I just might add different spices etcetera, so this was fun!)