Molten Chocolate-Espresso Cakes

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for tin
  • 1/3 cup sugar, plus more for tin
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Ganache glaze (optional)

Instructions

1 _ Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush 6 cups of a standard muffin tin with butter and dust with sugar; tap out excess. Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over (not in) a pan of simmering water, stirring until smooth. Let cool.

2 _ In a bowl, whisk together flour, espresso powder, and salt. With a mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until completely incorporated. Add flour mixture; beat until combined. Beat in vanilla and chocolate.

3 _ Spoon batter into prepared cups. Bake until cakes no longer jiggle when tin is shaken, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack 10 minutes before turning out cakes. Spread ganache over tops and serve.

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