Let’s be honest: Valentine’s Day is simply a good excuse to eat chocolate — and for one reason and one reason only — because it’s just so good.
This recipe is absolutely luscious. I mean seriously, it’s oozing with melting dark chocolate, scented with espresso beans, and lingers on your tongue with the subtle taste of Kahlúa.
- ½ cup (1 stick) plus 2 teaspoons unsalted butter, divided
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
- 1 cup roughly chopped bittersweet chocolate (about 4-ounces)
- 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
- ¼ cup Kahlúa
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 egg yolks
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted
- Powdered sugar for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F, and adjust a rack to the center.
- Use the 2 teaspoons of the butter to grease 6 (4-ounce) ramekins. Then dust them with 2 tablespoons of sugar. Be sure the entire inside is well coated because the cakes will rise in the oven. (See image below.)
- Add the remaining ½ cup of butter and the 1 cup of the chopped chocolate to a small saucepan. Place it over low heat and melt the two together. Once it's nicely blended, remove the pan from the heat and add the espresso powder, Kahlúa and vanilla. Set aside to cool.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk the eggs and egg yolks. Once they are a bit frothy and slightly lighter in color, add the remaining tablespoon of sugar and whip to blend. Pour in about half of the chocolate mixture and and mix just for a moment. Then add the remainder of it, along with the cocoa powder and mix to blend.
- Divide the batter evenly amongst the 6 prepared ramekins and place them on a baking sheet and in the preheated 425 degree F oven. Bake just until they solidify, 8 to 10 minutes - no more! You want them to be a bit wet in the middle.
- Let them sit in the ramekins for at least 5 minutes, then run a dull knife along the edges in case they need to be loosened.
- You can serve them in the ramekins or inverted onto dessert plates.
- Let them cool slightly, sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.