A quick and easy way to satisfy your chocolate craving, this dessert can actually be a mid-week treat. It requires about 15 minutes of prep time, bakes in even less and provides the special chocolate fix we all need from time to time (if not daily); note that you can even prepare the batter up to two hours in advance, cover, refrigerate it, and bring it back to room temp just before baking.
This recipe for Molten Chocolate Cakes comes from Great Food Fast, a book filled with “everyday food, from the kitchens of Martha Stewart Living”.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and granulated sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. With the mixer on low speed, beat in flour and salt until just combined. Beat in chocolate until just combined. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups.
To serve, turn out cakes, and place on serving plates, bottom sides up. Dust with confectioners’ sugar, and serve with whipped cream, if desired.