Meltingly luscious mini chocolate cakes,laced with bits of maraschino cherries, are served with a dollopof lightly sweetened whipped cream delightfully topped with astemmed chocolate-covered cherry.
Recipe: Warm Chocolate CherryCakes
Chocolate Dipped Cherries:6 maraschino cherries with stems, drained1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips1/2 teaspoon vegetable shorteningCakes:1 tablespoon plus 2/3 cup granulated sugar- divided use
For Chocolate Dipped Cherries: Pat cherriesdry with paper towels. Place chocolate chips and shortening ina small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 45 seconds.Stir until chips are melted. Dip cherries into chocolate mixture.Place on wax paper-lined tray. Refrigerate until serving time.
Heat oven to 400°F (205°C). Greasesix 3/4 cup souffl dishes or 6-ounce custard cups. Sprinkleinside of each with some of the 1 tablespoon sugar. Place dishesin a 13 x 9-inch baking pan or a jelly roll pan.
For Cakes: In a medium saucepan melt butter;remove from heat and whisk in cocoa, 1/3 cup sugar, whippingcream and vanilla. Whisk in flour just until combined. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat eggs, egg yolksand remaining 1/3 cup sugar on high speed of mixer about 5 minutesor until slightly thickened and lemon-colored. Beat in chocolatemixture on medium speed.
Pour about 1/4 cup batter into each prepareddish. Sprinkle chopped cherries evenly over each. Carefully pourremaining chocolate mixture into each dish.
Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or just untiltop of each cake looks dry. (Do not over bake.) Let stand indishes for 3 minutes. Loosen sides of each and invert onto servingplates.
Serve warm topped with whipped cream anda Chocolate Dipped Cherry.
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
1/3 cup maraschino cherries, finely choppedLightly sweetened whipped cream for accompaniment
Makes 6 servings.
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