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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Recipe: Dairy-Free Molten Lava Cake

My husband woke up on Valentine's Day not feeling well. The day before I'd had plans of baking a cake; something he was really looking forward to. So, last night while we waited for Chinese food to arrive at our doorstep, I baked him his Valentine's Day gift.

Because you need to harden the ganache, this recipe takes about 40 minutes from beginning of prep time to plating. I made the recipe in stages. Completing steps 1 and 2 before our dinner arrived and finishing up step 3 as cubes plated our dinner. I didn't preheat the oven or mix the batter until after we finished our dinner.

I wanted to present cubes with heart-shaped cakes. (The Chocolate Ganache Heart Cakes recipe from Williams-Sonoma I started from had a photo of heart-shaped cakes.) While I used to own a heart-shaped baking pan (never used it), I don't now. My plan was to use a cookie cutter (wedding favor from Cat and Becks' wedding) to shape the cakes. When the cakes came out of the oven and stuck to the nonstick popover pan I used, I realized they couldn't be cut neatly. Most of the cakes landed in tact on the wire rack. The tops of two of the cakes fell through the wire rack onto the counter.

Did your Valentine's day go as planned? Or, like me, did you punt?

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