In the 1980s, this was the restaurant cake of the moment. Everyone had a version, and, no wonder—it is deliciously decadent and irresistible. This is extremely easy to make at home and, if you are serving it to guests, put the cakes together and bake them while you clear the entrée from the table. Whipped cream is a perfect match, but melting vanilla or coffee ice cream is pretty sensational also. Place some cocoa powder in a fine sieve and tap it gently over the plates for a beautiful presentation.
- 12 ounces semisweet chocolate
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 4 large eggs, at room temperature
- 4 large egg yolks, at room temperature
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup almond flour
- 2 cups whipped cream, optional
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Lightly coat six 4-inch-round × 2-inch-high molds with nonstick vegetable spray. Set aside.
Combine the chocolate and butter in a stainless steel bowl set over a pan of boiling water. The bottom of the bowl should not touch the water.
Heat, stirring constantly, just until the chocolate and butter has melted.
Remove the mixture from the heat but keep warm.
Place the eggs and egg yolks in the large bowl of an electric mixer. Begin beating the eggs and, with the motor running, add the sugar in thirds, beating to incorporate well between each addition. Continue beating on high for about 7 minutes, or until the mixture has doubled in size and is a soft pale yellow.
Lower the speed of the mixer and add the almond flour in thirds, beating to incorporate well between each addition. Slowly beat the reserved melted chocolate-butter mixture into the batter, beating for 1 minute.
Fill the prepared molds with the batter.
Place them in the preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes, or until the top is just set with a slight crater in the center. Remove from the oven and quickly invert onto six dessert plates. Serve hot with whipped cream on the top, if desired.
Nutritional information does not include optional whipped cream.