Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Warm Chocolate Melting FAIL

I have been procrastinating posting about my failure for a week two weeks. I know everyone fails and that is how we learn, but this just seems embarrassing.
I am hoping all my foodie friends can lend a little help in figuring out what went wrong, perhaps you've had the same thing happen?!

I have made chocolate lava cakes before that tasted like heaven in a ramekin, but I seemed to have lost the recipe (I need to get better organized). This time I searched for Carnival's "Warm Chocolate Melting Cake" recipe and had hoped that I found it on CruiseDiva's post with the recipe she found in a recent issue of the Carnival "Funville Times". When on my honeymoon last October I think I ate this dessert every night at dinner, I missed it.


I followed the recipe exactly, but when I took a peek at the lil cakes when they were almost done, they had big giant holes in the center. They had risen perfectly except just in the center. So, instead of immediately googling a remedy (this is what I usually do), I just kept baking them. Mistake. As the minutes past they kept sitting there, stubborn centers didn't want to rise.


I eventually took them out, flipped them over and I got some photos in while my husband dug in.


He is so sweet, he said they were great. Then I tried them, UGH. They were bland, mushy, and almost tasted like bread pudding. I know I used quality ingredients, so I am just confused as to what happened here with the boring taste.

Anyone have some baking science knowledge and can offer me advice for the next time? Maybe this recipe called for too many eggs?

And can anyone point me to that heavenly recipe for Chocolate Lava Cakes I had once upon a time?

Oh and thanks for letting me be honest :-)

21 comments:

  1. It sounds like overbaking - overbaked lava cakes turn into first solid cake, then get even more firm and stiff if they continue to overbake further. It is a pretty common problem - chefs fail on these so often on cooking contest shows.

    At least they looked nice in the pictures :)

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  2. Well they look amazing!!! And I would eat every bite of it. Did you have a convection oven? Sometimes non-convection ovens contribute to uneven cooking temps, so the center is the last to get cooked.

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  3. I've never made these before. Don't feel bad though. I made cute little peach rum cakes recently that collapsed once I took them out of the oven! Never had something like that happen. Weird cake science!!

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  4. I have a great recipe for molten cakes somewhere. If I track it down, I will let you know. Some recipes just don't work no matter how good the ingredients. Baking can be tough, so not to fret.

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  5. Your husband is so sweet. Try again, don't give up :)

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  6. I still think they look great :o) Thanks for stopping by my blog! I like yours as well and will be back for sure :o)

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  7. I think they still look tasty! Don't give up! My little brother actually made a lava cake using the recipe from the show worst cooks in America, it actually turned out really well. That's probably not the recipe you were looking for, but it's a great recipe!

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  8. Aww, I'm so sorry these didn't work out! I have a totally fool-proof recipe for Mini Molten Chocolate-Caramel Cakes on my blog, though. All you need is a muffin pan, no ramekins necessary. They're super easy and come out perfect every time.

    Here ya go:
    http://comfortofcooking.blogspot.com/2010/02/mini-molten-chocolate-cakes-with-fresh.html#more

    Better luck next time!

    - Georgia

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  9. How weird! I actually made lava cakes the other day (the post will be up shortly) using a recipe I found on food network- it was a Paula Deen recipe I believe!

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  10. Hey! Love what youre doing. so keep up the good work!

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  11. That's so bizarre. I've never had that happen to me before. I would try the recipe from the other poster. Alton Brown also has a recipe that sounds like it would be fantastic:http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/chocolate-lava-muffins-recipe2/index.html

    Literally everything I have ever made from him has turned out so I bet it would work for you!!!

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  12. Either high heat, over baking, or over whipping the batter. Believe me I've had many epic failures too (= Keep on baking!

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  14. Oh, I fail all the time. I think it makes for more interesting blog reading. It can't always be perfect.

    I agree with the other comments - it still looks beautiful. And even mediocre lava cakes are better than no lava cakes :)

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  15. Mistakes and honesty make us human. Thanks for sharing your mistakes too! I've never made these before, so I'm not sure I can you out much with your confusion. I do know though that my husband would have had the exact same reaction as yours :)

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  16. I love that you shared your less-than-successful baking experience. I love chocolate lava cake, so I encourage you not to give up.

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  18. I too am looking for the perfect lava cake recipe!! As for being a baking scientist, that I am not!! And am completely new to all of this. But your photos do look lovely!!

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  19. HaHaha! I totally cheat, and buy my lava cakes frozen from M&M Meats.
    ~Prairie Story ...care of Alison Zulyniak

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  20. I have no idea what could have gone wrong...never made one. But, I did look at many other sites out there and it appears that you did cook yours too long to make it like a "cake." The other images and recipes make it look like you shouldn't be able to remove it from the ramekin. One version said to cook them just 8 minutes, until barely done. Dunno though.

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  21. I have made these before but I don't have any advice as to what could have gone wrong...but it looks delicious regardless. I would have no troube eating the whole thing.

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