Apply the melted butter in upward strokes around the ramekins and on the sides using a brush
Before the butter dries out dust cocoa powder to the ramekins until well coated. Leave in the fridge until needed
How to prepare the lava cake batter
Preheat the oven to 200C
Place the chocolate and butter into a heatproof bowl
Heat quarter cup of water in a saucepan on medium fire (Double boiler)
Place the bowl with chocolate and butter on top of the boiling waterto melt the chocolate mixture
Once melted leave aside to cool down slightly
In a separate bowl whisk eggs, sugar until fluffy and lighter in colour (Use a stand mix or a handheld mixer)
Once its well whisked add in the melted chocolate and butter mix gradually while whisking
Lower the speed of the mixer fold in the flour
If you are baking right away, then freeze for 1 hour, before baking, if not cover them and refrigerate until needed.
Cooking the lava cakes
Bake the Chocolate lava cake for 16-18 minutes (the time will depend on the size of the ramekins) Run a test lava cake first before attempting to bake all at once. a smaller ramekin will take approx 12-15 minutes.
When it comes off the oven, before it cools down, runs a small knife around just to detach it, then turn the cakes out on to a plate (ramekins will be hot, so use a kitchen towel to turn the cakes out)
Serve it warm with cold vanilla ice cream
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