Legend has it that this dessert was the result of a major catering disaster. The dessert for this particular event was to be individual chocolate cakes, but someone took them out of the ovens too soon and the centers were not cooked enough and still liquefied. Well, there was no time to take them off the plates and bake them more, so the chef simply had his wait staff introduce the dessert as Chocolate 'Lava' Cake! Brilliant! (allrecipes.com)
• 14 oz dark chocolate
• 1/2 c heavy cream
• 12 tbl of Unsalted Butter
• 6 eggs
• 1/2 c light brown sugar
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 2 tbl Grand Marnier
• 6 tbl all purpose flour
• Room temp butter, for greasing
• Raw sugar
• Whipped Caream
• Powdered Sugar
• Cocoa Powder
1. For Ganache:
• Melt 4oz of dark chocolate in double-boiler until smooth
• Slowly stir in heavy cream until fully combined
• Scrape down sides of bowl and place in freezer for at least two hours
2. Melt butter and remaining 10 oz dark chocolate on double-boiler.
3. In a large bowl, beat together eggs and brown sugar until light and frothy, then add vanilla extract and Grand Marnier.
4. Slowly combine melted chocolate to egg mixture, then whisk in flour one tbl at a time.
5. Grease 8 ramekins with butter, then coat with raw sugar.
6. Half-fill each ramekin, scoop out 1-2 tbl balls of frozen ganache and place one in each ramekin, then cover each evenly with remaining batter.
7. Bake for 11 min in preheated 425°F oven.
8. Place on cooling rack and run a small knife around the edge of each ramekin to ensure easy release.
9. Place plate over ramekin, then invert quickly - cake should slide out in one piece.
10. Garnish with whipped cream and berries, dust with powdered sugar and cocoa powder, and enjoy immediately!