We've got a partnership with the recipe, equipment, and product testing gurus at America's Test Kitchen.
We've got a partnership with the recipe, equipment, and product testing gurus at America's Test Kitchen. They'll be sharing some of their time-tested recipes and technical expertise with us weekly. This week they're sharing how to make mini molten chocolate cakes in none other than a microwave oven.
Recipes for single-serving molten chocolate cakes made in a coffee mug and “baked” in the microwave have run rampant on the web. These cakes promise to be a “chocoholic’s dream,” but we can attest that these popular Internet recipes don't live up to the hype. The so-called treats that emerged from our microwaves were bland, chalky, rubbery, heavy, and unevenly cooked. Several exploded over mug brims, looking like eighth-grade science experiments gone wrong. Yes, they were ridiculously fast and easy to make, but the cakes weren’t worth even this minimal effort.
Our journey began with the test kitchen's recipe for individual molten chocolate cakes [published in our book, The Best Make-Ahead Recipe], hoping to adapt it for the mug and the microwave. Between a trained pastry chef (test cook Cristin Walsh) and an academic (science editor Guy Crosby)—and after more than 100 tests—we managed to create a recipe for a tender, moist, light, and flavorful molten chocolate cake that could be made in the microwave.
From start to finish, this cake takes about five minutes to make. It’s miraculously fast; just as important, it’s extremely delicious.
Keep reading for the recipe.