Make your Easter Guests’ Taste-Buds Sing with Easy Chocolate Molten Cakes

When it comes to celebrating Easter with food and family, I always think about the traditional coconut white cake that my mom made our family. In fact, I have the green platter that she served it on (and she always died the coconut green, to look like grass). The problem of carrying that tradition on to my family is that they are not crazy about coconut. Go figure.

But we are a chocolate family, so I can’t complain.

Last year my daughter made the Easter cake and it was delicious, but this year I’m trying a new guilt-free approach to entertaining.

I’m not going to devote hours to creating an elaborate dessert (or expect my daughter to), because I found the easiest chocolate Molten Cake recipe, that I modified just in time for Easter.

And what I love is that I can make this up the morning of, and set aside until it’s dessert time, when I’ll place them in the oven for 13 minutes.

Yup, it’s that easy – and tasty, too. Perfect for the “reluctant entertainer.”

Let me know if you try this recipe for your Easter feast. I’m telling you that your guests’ taste-buds will be SINGING!

Molten Spiced Chocolate Cakes
Serves 8

8 oz. semi-sweet baking chocolate
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
2 tbsp. red wine (Cabernet or Merlot)
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
6 eggs (4 whole eggs and 2 yolks)
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cloves

Microwave the chocolate and butter on low until melted. (I actually use the “defrost” option). Stir with a wire whisk until the chocolate is melted into the butter. Stir in the wine, vanilla, and sugar until well blended. Stir in eggs and yolks. Stir in the flour and the spices.

Pour batter evenly into 8 buttered (or sprayed) ramekin dishes. Place on a baking sheet.

Preheat oven to 425 and bake for 13-14 minutes. Sides will be firm and the center will be very soft. Let stand for 1 minute, and then carefully loosen the edges with a knife.

Invert the dishes immediately onto a serving dish.

Sprinkle with additional confectioner’s sugar.

Garnish with a springy flower from your yard.

Serve immediately.

OPTIONAL: Omit the spices for plain chocolate cakes. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

What traditional Easter dessert will you be making this year, or will you be trying something new?

Here are more Easter dessert ideas from some of my friends:
Two Peas and Their Pod makes Lemon Cream Bars
If you want to get really creative, Bakerella makes Easter Bonnets
Tickled Red makes Caramel Brownie Cheesecake
Aggie’s Kitchen makes Red Wine Pear Crisp
A Southern Grace makes Cinnamon Roll Cake
Dine and Dish (at RE) makes Traditional Strawberry Shortcake
Family Fresh Cooking makes Dark Chocolate Date Cake (and a giveaway!)
Dine and Dish makes Strawberries with Maple Cream Sauce
She Wears Many Hats makes Chocolate Candy Bar Pie
Picky Palate makes an Easter Egg Layered Cake – beautiful!

   

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14 Responses to “Make your Easter Guests’ Taste-Buds Sing with Easy Chocolate Molten Cakes”

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    Lynn from For Love or Funny — April 18, 2011 @ 3:06 am

    I’ve got to say that I’d prefer a molten chocolate lava cake to just about any other dessert, and your recipe looks amazing! I never thought to add wine! Yum…

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    lisa — April 18, 2011 @ 4:10 am

    I will be making pumpkin carrot cake with vegan cream cheese fronting…don’t worry…you can’t taste the pumpkin! ;)

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    Carol — April 18, 2011 @ 5:40 am

    This sounds delish! I’m not planning a big Easter dinner this year, just something simple. My hubby’s birthday is the day before & this might be a good dessert for his special day. Oh wait, he’s not the chocoholic, that would be me! Still!
    CAS

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    Jenny Flake — April 18, 2011 @ 6:28 am

    What beautiful recipes! Thanks for sharing my Easter cake on your gorgeous site!! Happy Monday!

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    Tickled Red — April 18, 2011 @ 6:43 am

    Oh my goodness those look delicious! I will definetly be making those during the Easter weekend. Love all of the other recipe ideas as well. Thank you so much for including my recipe :)

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    courtney — April 18, 2011 @ 6:44 am

    oh my word this sounds and looks delicious. I will be baking a pound cake. Its my mama’s recipe and favorite cake! Enjoy your Easter week!

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    Sara Tetreault — April 18, 2011 @ 8:53 am

    Laughing! We’re a chocolate family, also! I’m so looking forward to Easter and trying this. Our family (the chocolate one) gave up desserts and potato chips (we’re also a potato chip family!) for Lent. Less than a week to go! I love simple, easy desserts. Thanks for this recipe, Sandy!

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    melissa @ the inspired room — April 18, 2011 @ 9:22 am

    That looks so delicious!!! That is totally what I would order at a restaurant, thanks for the recipe!!

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    Aggie — April 18, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

    I think I’m going to make a key lime pie this year. I’ve been craving it!

    Thanks for featuring my pear crisp! I haven’t made that in a while…I love crisps/cobblers/crumbles :) Happy Easter my friend!

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    LaTeaDah — April 18, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

    It looks delicious! And so does the Easter egg layered cake. YUMMY!

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    Kirstin — April 18, 2011 @ 6:49 pm

    This sounds soo yummy! We’re doing Easter dinner at my in-laws and I’m not sure what is happening for dessert.

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    Debbie Smith — April 19, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

    We do a brunch featuring an overnight apple cinnamon french toast YUM!!

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    Wenderly — April 21, 2011 @ 7:34 am

    Yum, yum, yum…and yum.

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