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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Valentine's Day Recipes

To continue preparation for Valentine's Day, I was on the radio this morning with Martha Radio. It is chocolate week at Martha Radio and I shared my tips for putting together a chocolate dessert bar for Valentine's Day at home. We spoke about trends in the dessert world, crafty ways to dress up your dessert table, how to make a dessert bar for less, and fun ways to use candy in a dessert display. I also shared some fool-proof recipes that I have made before for Valentine's Day. We spoke about a chocolate molten cake and a one-bowl brownie recipe that will make you (and your loved one) weak in the knees. Here are the recipes so, you too, can make them at home!

Recipes courtesy of

Chocolate Cake with Molten Center
• 1/2 cup butter
• 4 (1 ounce) squares bittersweet chocolate
• 2 eggs
• 2 egg yolks
• 1/4 cup white sugar
• 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Butter and flour four 4 ounce ramekins or custard cups.

2. In the top half of a double boiler set over simmering water, heat the butter and the chocolate until chocolate is almost completely melted.

3. Beat the eggs, egg yolks and sugar together until light colored and thick.

4. Beat together the melted chocolate and butter. While beating, slowly pour the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture, then quickly beat in the flour and mix until just combined.

5. Divide the batter between the four molds and bake at 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) for 6 to 7 minutes. The centers of the cakes will still be quite soft. Invert cakes on serving plates and let sit for about 15 seconds, then unmold. Serve immediately with fresh whipped cream, if desired.

One Bowl Brownies
• 4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
• 3/4 cup butter
• 2 cups white sugar
• 3 eggs
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 1 cup chopped walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

2. Microwave chocolate and butter or margarine in large bowl at HIGH for 2 minutes or until butter or margarine is melted.

3. Stir until chocolate is melted. Stir in sugar. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour and nuts.

4. Spread in greased 13 x 9 inch pan. Bake for 35 minutes (do not overbake).


rebecca said...

yum! I think i just gained a couple of pounds simply by looking at that plate of goodness.

Red Velvet Confections said...

Mmmm. Both recipes look delicious and seem easy. Would love to try the molten chocolate cake for Valentine's Day.

Unknown said...

YUM! Chocolate! Trying to resist baking while snowed in - not helping!


TIG said...

delicious! molten chocolate cake sounds perfect for valentine's day

Sue said...

Both of those look SOOOO good!

Coisas de Alice said...

Aqui no Brasil nao temos o Valentin's Day nesta época, mas a idéia deste bolo de chocolate é simplesmente maravilhosa para se fazer em qualquer época do ano.


Alice Corrêa

Rowaida said...

Looks soo Delicious! this ill be tomorrow's desert.
Thanks for sharing

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

omg so yummy! I a big chocolate lover, irresistible!

Simply Mel {Reverie} said...

Love the idea of baking with ONE bowl!

citygirl - Stacey said...

They both look really good! I may have to try the molten lava one on Sunday!!

Unknown said...

Looks soo Delicious! Thanks for sharing...
Happy Valentine’s Day !!!

Heidi said...

I am such a fan of yours!! You are so incredibly talented! Thank you for sharing so many wonderful tips with us so we can 'try' to be like you!! I look forward to checking out your blog every morning!! Thank you - Thank you!!!

Unknown said...

i just gained weight looking at this post! LOL! looks yummy...especially to a choc-o-holic like myself.
xox alison

Meredith from PenelopeLovesLists said...

Just found you and your blog and your brownies. Mouth watering! Thanks for this recipe!

MMW said...

I just made the molten chocolate cakes for my husband and his colleagues at work. Love to give them a valentines treat.

Try baking the cake a little longer than 6-7 minutes. The first attempt was MUSH. Second attempt = baked for an additional 6 minutes - the result was PERFECT.

xoxo Thanks for the lovely recipes and images,

Sean said...

Wow, those look really good.

Punctuation Mark said...

they look delicious... yummy!... have a nice weekend!

What he ate, what I ate. said...

Oh my goodness. That molten chocolate cake? Wow!

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