A cake by any other name would smell as sweet. The old adage seems to have proven true for this confection, known by your less high-brow establishments as chocolate “lava” cake, by your mid range establisments as a “molten” chocolate cake and by the high-brow masterchef following community as a chocolate fondant, striking fear in the hearts of all contestants. I guess I’m just picky, but I have to say I’m not super keen on any of these naming options. To me, it feels like they are all trying to evoke something other than what we have here.
Not the most beauteous creation is it? From this angle it appears that I have baked a small and somewhat shabby chocolate cake. It’s pretty boring, I wouldn’t cross the street for it. BUT WAIT!! You didn’t see the next shot.
So once your subtle brown sugar ice-cream (or essence of cookie, as I call it) hits the hotly deliquescing interior of your pudding-cake, you have attained ULTIMATE COOKIE. The sweetest, gooiest chocolatiest morsel of goodness. All the best things about a cookie, the sweet chewy crisp sugar flavour, and the pockets of melting chocolate, only times 100. It will never be a cookie, but it’s a damn fine take on it.You wanted sugar hit? You got it baby.
The best part of the whole thing is, I made this fondant cake, at 8 o’clock at night and the whole thing was over by quarter to 9. Plates licked clean. Have no fear of the fondant! It is not as hard as they make it sound, you know why? Because the best thing about eating and cooking at home, is that there is zero pressure. Matt Preston is not going to tell me that the plate I used should have been a different colour (though I now know) and all I have to listen to is the satisfied munching of a happy boyfriend. Job done.
Chocolate (name of your choice) Cake
Adapted from Donna Hay’s Simple Essentials “Chocolate” (Fourth Estate, 2007)
I made a couple of changes to this recipe as I went, first of which was to use salted butter, because the combination of sweet and salt is sublime, and secondly I added some cocoa to the batter, to up the intensity. I also, being lazier than Donna Hay, simplified the steps a little and cut down on the required equipment.
1 egg yolk