Feb 10, 2010

Valentine’s Day Recipes

By: Amy Atlas, in 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 Cooks.com

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).

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  • rebecca

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

  • Red Velvet Confections

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

  • Kim @ Frostmeblog.blogspot.com

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


  • {this is glamorous}

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

  • Sue Sparks

    Both of those look SOOOO good!

  • Alice Corrêa

    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

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

  • Helena – A Diary of Lovely

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

  • Simply Mel

    Love the idea of baking with ONE bowl!

  • citygirl – Stacey

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

  • Sydney

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

  • Heidi

    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!!!

  • Mademoiselle Frou-Frou

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

  • PenelopeLovesLists

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

  • MMW

    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

    Wow, those look really good.

  • Elie’s Papel

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

  • Teresa

    Oh my goodness. That molten chocolate cake? Wow!

  • seesaw