How To Make Chocolate Melt Away Cake | CoachSweetTooth

Dreaming of a velvety chocolate escape? Discover the magic of crafting a melt-away cake that's pure dessert delight.

The process of making a chocolate meltaway cake requires a few basic ingredients such as eggs, sour cream, milk chocolate, and oil. These components are combined and baked, resulting in a deliciously moist cake with an intense chocolate flavor. Then, add to this a crumbly topping. 

With a passion deeply rooted in the culinary arts, my expertise is your gateway to mastering the enchanting realm of creating a "Chocolate Melt-Away Cake." My culinary journey encompasses a myriad of successful creations, each honed through meticulous experimentation and a profound understanding of the science behind baking. So, let's dive in and uncover the secrets to making the perfect chocolate melt-away cake!

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Gathering the Necessary Tools

Preparing a delicious chocolate melt-away cake involves using a few essential tools in your kitchen. We'll cover the significance of paddle attachments, knives, and spatulas in the cake-making process.

Understanding Your Paddle Attachment

A paddle attachment is commonly used in electric stand mixers. When making a chocolate melt-away cake, the paddle attachment plays a vital role in combining the dry ingredients, such as flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

It ensures a thorough and even mix, resulting in a smooth cake batter. Make sure your paddle attachment is clean and securely attached to your mixer to avoid any lumps or inconsistencies in your mixture.

Choosing Your Knife

Knives play an essential role in the cake-making process, from chopping ingredients to leveling cake layers. Selecting the right knife is necessary for creating a visually appealing and well-structured chocolate melt-away cake.

For chopping chocolate, use a sharp chef's knife or a serrated knife. When leveling the cake layers, opt for a long serrated knife, enabling you to achieve clean and straight cuts with ease. Make sure your knives are sharp and clean before using them.

Examining Your Spatula

A spatula is another indispensable tool in your chocolate melt-away cake journey. There are different types of spatulas, each with unique uses. For instance, a rubber spatula is great for folding the dry ingredients into the wet mixture, ensuring a consistent and smooth batter.

On the other hand, an offset spatula is ideal for spreading the batter evenly in the round cake pan and for frosting or decorating the cake later on. Choose spatulas that feel comfortable in your hand and are made of high-quality, heat-resistant material for optimal performance and durability.

Preparing the Ingredients

Here, we’ll discuss the importance of selecting the right ingredients for making a delicious chocolate melt-away cake. We'll cover essential ingredients such as granulated sugar, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, unsalted butter, and all-purpose flour.

Distinguishing Granulated Sugar and Powdered Sugar

Granulated sugar and powdered sugar are both essential in baking, but it's crucial to understand their differences. Here's a table comparing their properties:

Feature Granulated Sugar Powdered Sugar
Texture Coarse, grainy texture Fine, powdery consistency
Use in Cake It gives structure and sweetness to the cake Often used for icings and decorations
Dissolving Takes time to dissolve in wet ingredients Dissolves quickly in liquids

For a chocolate melt-away cake, granulated sugar is the preferred choice, as it provides the desired structure and sweetness necessary for a perfect cake.

Choosing the Best Cocoa and Cocoa Powder

Cocoa and cocoa powder are vital ingredients for a rich chocolate melt-away cake. Selecting the best type will greatly impact the flavor and texture of your cake.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Cocoa: Choose high-quality cocoa with a high percentage of cocoa solids for a more intense flavor. Be sure to use unsweetened cocoa to maintain control over the sweetness of your cake.
  • Cocoa powder: Opt for an unsweetened, natural, or Dutch-processed cocoa powder. This imparts a rich, chocolaty flavor without affecting the overall sweetness of your cake.

Parameters for Unsalted Butter

Unsalted butter plays a significant role in chocolate melt-way cake, providing flavor, moisture, and a tender texture. Keep these parameters in mind when choosing unsalted butter:

  • Quality: High-quality unsalted butter with a higher fat content contributes to a better texture and flavor.
  • Temperature: Use room temperature butter for easier creaming with sugar, ensuring an even distribution of ingredients.
  • Freshness: Fresh, high-quality butter makes a remarkable difference in the taste and texture of your cake.

Function of All-Purpose Flour

All-purpose flour serves as the base for your chocolate melt-away cake, providing structure and stability. Keep the following in mind:

  • Protein Content: Opt for an all-purpose flour with a moderate protein content of about 9-12%. A higher protein content can lead to a denser cake.
  • Sifting: Sift your flour before use to aerate it and remove any lumps, ensuring a tender and smooth cake.

How to Make Chocolate Melt-Away Cake

Here’s a step-by-step process of baking a chocolate melt-away or lava cake:

Preheating the Oven Correctly

Before starting the process of making a carnival chocolate melting cake, it's critical to preheat the oven. This ensures that the oven is at the right temperature when the batter is placed inside to bake.

Set the oven to the temperature specified in the recipe, usually around 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit), for a flawless result.

Mixing and Adding Recipe Ingredients

Gather all the necessary ingredients for the semi-sweet chocolate melt-away cake such as sugar, salt, flour, egg mix, oil, vanilla ice cream, and baking powder. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients - flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. In a separate small bowl, mix the wet ingredients - egg mixture, oil, and vanilla extract.

Gradually combine the wet mixture with the dry ingredients, and whisk or stir until a smooth batter is formed.

Following the recipe's guidance, chocolate lovers can add any additional ingredients like chocolate chips or cloves if you love the cinnamon version. Ensure these ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the batter.

Remember to cover the pan using parchment paper before pouring the chocolate mixture. It ensures that the cake does not stick to the small pan.

The Crumb Topping Process

For an amazing chocolate melt-away cake experience, don't skip the crumb topping. To make this delicious addition, prepare a separate mixture containing flour, sugar, and a little oil or butter.

Following the recipe, mix these ingredients until large crumbs form. Carefully add the crumble topping over the poured batter, ensuring that it's evenly spread out across the top of the cake.

While baking, the crumb chocolate topping will provide a delightful contrast to the moist, soft texture of the cake as it transforms into an irresistible, slightly brown layer.

Toward the end of the baking time, perform a toothpick test to determine if the cake is ready. If the inserted toothpick comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs attached, the cake is done.

Serving and Storing

In the realm of indulgence, how you present and preserve your melt-away cake can truly enhance the experience for you and your guests. Below are some ways to serve and store the cake:

Serving with Ice Cream

A quick and easy way to elevate your chocolate melt-away cake is to serve it with a scoop of ice cream. The combination of warm, gooey cake and cold, creamy ice cream provides a delightful contrast in both texture and temperature.

Choose a classic flavor like vanilla to complement the richness of the chocolate, or opt for something more adventurous like caramel or coffee to add depth to the decadent dessert experience.

Storing Your Cake

Like a kokosh cake, proper storage is essential for maintaining the taste and texture of your chocolate melt-away cake. First, allow the cake to cool completely before wrapping it tightly in plastic wrap (muffin tins), taking care to secure both the top and sides.

If your cake contains cream, custard, or fresh fruit filling, be sure to refrigerate it immediately. A chocolate cake can be safely stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Remnant Cake Usage

Don't let the leftover pieces of your chocolate melt-away cake go to waste. Leftover cake can be repurposed in various ways to create new and exciting desserts. For instance:

  • Cake Pops: Crumble the leftover cake, combine with frosting, and roll into balls. Dip the cake balls in melted chocolate and allow them to set before enjoying your homemade cake pops.
  • Trifle: Layer the leftover cake pieces with whipped cream, fruit, and custard for a delightful and easy-to-make trifle.
  • Ice Cream Sandwiches: Slice the cake into thin layers and sandwich a scoop of your favorite ice cream in between. Freeze the sandwiches for a couple of hours before serving.

Key Takeaways

  • To make a chocolate melt-away cake, assemble the ingredients for a rich base.
  • Melt chocolate and butter to form a velvety mixture.
  • Combine dry and wet ingredients, creating a smooth, thick batter.
  • Pour batter into a prepared pan and bake until the cake is set and slightly gooey.
  • Allow the cake to cool and indulge in its decadent melt-away texture.


Lori Gilmore

Lori Gilmore

Lori has been a Culinary Arts instructor for twenty years. She has taught in the public school setting, at the collegiate level and through adult continuing education as well as running several cooking and baking camps for children. She has participated in several cooking, cake & chocolate contests and has been well recognized. She has raised thousands of dollars for charities using the byline “Saving the World one Cupcake at a Time”. Additionally, she has had several articles regarding food published in various magazines.

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