Matcha Lava Cake

So I have tried making molten chocolate lava cake. This time I took up the challenge to make one of my favorite desserts – matcha lava cake. This cake is impossible to find in Houston and maybe in U.S.A. The matcha lava cake is a very delicate cake to make and requires a lot attention. However, all was worth it when I tasted the end product. It was sweet, full of matcha flavor, and it was everything you could wish for for a dessert. Serve this delicious cake with a scoop of Haagen-Dazs green tea ice cream. OooHhhh green tea goodness!!

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Recipe:

Ingredients (one 10oz ramekin):

1/3 cup white chocolate morsels
1/6 cup unsalted butter
1/6 cup granulated sugar (1/4 cup sugar would be a little too sweet)
1 egg
1.5 tsp high-quality matcha powder
1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Steps:

  1. Butter the ramekin and put aside.
  2. Melt the butter either in a microwave oven or over a pot of simmering water. 
  3. Melt the white chocolate morsels over a pot of simmering water ensuring that the bowl of white chocolates does not touch the pot of water. You could also use the microwave oven to melt the white chocolate but I prefer the former method. This is because melting white chocolate is very delicate and white chocolate solidifies easily. 
  4. Add sugar and melted butter into the bowl of melted white chocolate morsels.
  5. Add the egg into the mixture.
  6. Add the matcha powder.
  7. Add the flour.
  8. Stir well to make sure consistency in the mixture. The mixture should be in liquid form. If the mixture becomes semi-solid, put the bowl over a pot of simmering water and keep stirring. The mixture will turn into liquid form.  
  9. Pour the mixture into the ramekin and refrigerate it for 30mins.
  10. Place the ramekin into pre-heated oven immediately after taking it out from the refrigerator. 
  11. Bake at 455F for 8-9mins. 

Molten Chocolate Lava Cake

Chocolate is always my first choice of dessert, be it ice cream, cakes, macarons, etc. I have always been fascinated by some restaurants which have my all-time favorite dessert – molton chocolate lava cake, in their dessert menus. This cake is the equivalent of soufflés – nemesis of most chefs. The temperature and baking time of the chocolate lava cake got to be perfect. If the oven is too hot, the cake will be hard and crunchy, or worse, burned. If the cake is left in the oven for 30 seconds or a minute longer, it will be a solid chocolate cake instead of a chocolate lava cake with molten chocolate in the middle.

Before putting my resources into making this devilish cake, I watched several YouTube videos where several individuals demonstrated their takes on the chocolate lava cake. I also googled for what I think was the best recipe to make the cake. After spending much time in front of my laptop, I settled for the recipe which raved many good reviews, hoping that I would attain success in one try.

To my dismal, the recipe did not work out for me. My first try was a disaster. My cakes were over-done, i.e. I baked a solid chocolate cake instead. I attributed my failure to my greed of leaving the cakes in the oven for a minute longer. The recipe stated to leave the cakes in the oven for about 8-12 minutes. The 4 minutes difference was too big, and I left my cakes in the oven for 10 minutes. I thought I had figured out where I did wrong so I gave the same recipe a second try. It did not turn out well too. This time, my cakes were under-cooked. To my frustration, I decided to try another recipe instead.

And I DID IT! The chocolate lava cake turned out just what I wanted. Soft cake with chocolate oozing out from the center of the cake and none of the cakes were burned. The only thing I would change in the recipe is the amount of sugar. The guide was half cup sugar but personally I think that the sugar could be lessen as my cakes turned out to be a little too sweet for my liking. The recipe stated to bake the cakes for about 8-10 minutes but I baked mine for 8 minutes, and they turned out perfect.

This is the link to my successful molten chocolate lava cake recipeI have used this recipe several times and the recipe has not failed me. I would strongly recommend this recipe to anyone who does not want to waste their resources.

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