Molten chocolate cake

A mystic experience that melts in your mouth

Molten lava cake is the perfect chocolate dessert. A rich and chocolate dessert that is loaded with a gooey molten lava center. Its name derives from the dessert's liquid chocolate center and it is one of the most famous chocolate cakes in the United States. 

The story says that Jean-Georges Vongerichten, a chef from the United States invented it in New York City in 1987, but Jacques Torres, a chef from France disputes this. It is believed that a dish like this has existed in France long ago. Vongerichten defends his argument saying, he pulled a chocolate sponge cake from the oven before it was done and found that the center was still runny, but was warm and had both a good taste and texture. It was so delicious that he decided to invent a cake that was intentionally molten in the center. 

Regardless of who invented the dish, Vongerichten has been credited with popularizing it in the United States, and it became almost a de rigueur inclusion on high-end restaurant dessert menus. Each restaurant in America offers a version, one better than the other. 

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The preparation is simple, it contains butter, eggs, sugar, chocolate, and flour. The butter and chocolate are melted together, while the eggs are either whisked with the sugar to form a thick paste, producing a denser pastry, or separated, with the whites whipped into a meringue to provide more lift and a lighter result. A tablespoon of strong coffee is sometimes added to enhance the chocolate flavor. Vanilla extract, salt, and cinnamon are additionally recommended in some cases to add extra flavor.

The first time you try one, it may seem like magic!


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