Valentine’s Day IV :: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s Mexican Spiced Lava Cake

14 Feb
I think this gooey lava cake is just Frida and Diego’s love/hate relationship personified. Full bodied, rich and contradictorily sweet and spicy, this grown-up version of the classic lava cake is just sexy.  

  • 1.5 oz. bittersweet chocolate (chopped)
  • 6 tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1½ tbsp. unsalted butter
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. chili powder or cayenne powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Icing sugar for dusting
Serves 2
Direction: preheat oven to 400 F. Butter 2 ramekins or standard muffing tins and dust with granulated sugar; shake out extra. Cream butter and granulated sugar until fluffy. Add egg and beat in flour and salt until just combined, do not over beat to foaminess. Melt chocolate in microwave for 40 seconds. Mix in chocolate until no streaks are left. Pour in prepared ramekins or muffin tins and bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes. Turn cakes upside down on serving plate and dust with sifted icing sugar. Decorating tip: place cutout of paper heart on top of cake before dusting with sugar, this will leave a heart shaped impression.

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