This dessert has the texture of a brownie, but uses the technique of a cake…..it kind of has two personalities.
It starts with creaming butter and sugar. You’ve done that before right? The sugar crystals pierce through the fat and introduce air, creating little tiny air pockets that will stabilize the cake….or brownie.
Eggs and vanilla are then beaten in until smooth, followed by melted bittersweet chocolate. Remember, bittersweet chocolate must contain a minimum of 70% cocoa solids. That’s the good stuff.
Did I mention there’s also a bit of sour cream that goes in here? Ya. It’s delicious.
Then comes flour and cocoa powder, because adding more chocolateyness is always encouraged.
Notice that there’s a high ratio of eggs and sugar to flour in this cake….or brownie. That will keep it dense, moist and gooey in the middle. This way, even if this recipe is having an identity crisis, it will definitely know that it is indeed molten.
I present this to you now because it is Friday.
And I know that you, yes you, need this today. You need something that will kick-start your weekend and send it into high gear. Well this is just what the doctor ordered.
Fudgey, moist and gooey chocolate things are meant for Fridays (or everyday…whatever). This recipe is also easy and you probably already have all of the ingredients. It doesn’t even need icing sugar, berries or anything fancy. The chocolate is enough….but perhaps a scoop of vanilla ice cream…. That couldn’t hurt.
So really, you have to make it. It’s written somewhere in stone. I’ll find that stone and FedEx it to you one day.
Oh, and once you make it…..you’ll understand the identity crisis thing. Brownie? Cake? No…wait. Brownie. No….cake.
Molten Dark Chocolate Brownie Cake
Makes 6-8 servings
3 oz bittersweet chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa), roughly chopped
½ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
¼ cup butter, at room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup packed dark brown sugar
½ tsp salt
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp full fat sour cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line the bottom of an 8-inch round springform pan with parchment paper and butter the sides.
In a medium heatproof bowl set over a pot with ½-inch of barely simmering water, melt chocolate while stirring constantly; set aside and let cool slightly.
In a small bowl, add flour and sift in cocoa powder. Stir to blend ingredients evenly.
In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy using an electric mixer on medium speed. Add sugars and salt and cream together with butter on medium-high speed until crumbly and fluffy, about 1 minute. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating until just blended after each addition. Beat in vanilla and sour cream until smooth. Add slightly cooled melted chocolate and beat on medium-low speed until well combined, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary. Add dry ingredients to chocolate mixture and beat on low speed until just incorporated and smooth, no more than 30 seconds.
Pour batter into prepared pan and spread it out evenly. Bake 20 minutes. The surface will puff up and the center will be gooey. Transfer cake to wire rack and let cool in pan 10-15 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of cake and remove sides of pan and serve warm.