This is a decadent chocolate dessert that is to die for. It is so deliciously rich and pretty simple to make as well! This one is flavoured with a nice hint of orange and topped off with a raspberry compote.
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup salted butter
1/4 tsp orange extract
1/8 tsp almond extract
1 tsp cinnamon
3 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup icing sugar
3/4 cup flour
1 cup frozen raspberries
zest of 1/2 orange
1 tsp maple syrup
Preheat oven to 425˚F. Grease 5 ramekins with butter or oil and set aside.
In medium sized pot bring small amount of water to boil, this will be your double boiler to melt your chocolate. Add chocolate, butter, orange extract, almond extract and cinnamon to a bowl and place over top of boiling water pot. Stir with spatula until just melted and no lumps. You do not want to over heat, you do not want to burn the chocolate. Once melted set aside.
In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, yolks and vanilla until frothy. While whisking gradually pour in melted chocolate mixture until well mixed. Once fully incorporated sift in icing sugar and stir until well combined. Stir in flour and mix until well combined. Pour batter into prepared ramekins. Fill about 3/4 full. Place ramekins onto a baking sheet and place into oven. Bake for 15 minutes.
While cakes are baking add raspberries, orange zest and maple syrup to small pot. Cook on medium heat until raspberries break down and raspberries thicken up. This will take about 8 minutes on medium heat. Stir to ensure it doesn't stick to pot.
Once cakes are out of the allow to cool slightly before removing them from the molds. Once cooled about 5 minutes, run a knife around the outside. Carefully tip upside down over a plate until cakes come out of the mold. Serve with raspberry compote and optional dusting of icing sugar! Enjoy.
If you are planning this for a special occasion and you want to get things ready the day before. You can make the batter and store in a container in the fridge overnight. You can bake them from cold batter but ensure you bake them for 17 minutes instead of 15 minutes! You could also make a couple for one night, save the batter and make more the next night. This is a great recipe to make, since it's so delicious yet easy to make.
Ensure when melting your chocolate, your bowl is not sitting in the boiling water. It just needs to just be hovering over the boiling water.
You can also eat them out of the ramekins if you wish. These are also delicious to eat once they have fully cooled.