This cake has a hole in it. A couple of weeks ago, my sister and I went to our first meeting of the LA Cake Club. It is just what you think…a group of people get together and share their delicious homemade sweets. We had a sufficient sugar high by 2 pm, so not a bad Saturday afternoon. It was hosted at a great organization, the Made by DWC (Downtown Women’s Center). “MADE by DWC is a social enterprise created by the Downtown Women’s Center to break the cycles of chronic unemployment and homelessness by empowering women to discover talents and develop skills through vocational opportunities, and generates economic and social capital to support programs at DWC.” I encourage you to visit their website to learn more if you are interested in getting involved. We met one of the participants and she was so excited to tell us about the organization. My contribution to the Cake Club were these mini Sweet Potato Bundt cakes. You know how much I love sweet potatoes and let me tell you, these cakes almost didn’t make it to Cake Club. They are soooo good. They’re light, moist, and not overly sweet. Move over pumpkin, these sweet potato cakes can put you out of business.
This cake has been my favorite dessert and my baking specialty for the last fifteen years. Yep, you read that correctly. Fifteen years. Ever since it appeared as the “Dish of the Year” in Bon Appetit’s January 1999 issue, I’ve been hooked. This is not really a cake you can just whip up any time you feel like it (I mean, you can…but its a lot of work). It is totally worth the effort though. Seriously worth the effort.
Is chocolate a food group? Well, it should be. If I had to choose between chocolate and fruit desserts, I would choose chocolate. But then again I do like fruit dessert. I’m really just a dessert person. This is why I’m also a runner. I digress… This molten chocolate lava cake is dangerously easy to make. I say “dangerously easy” because maybe one day you won’t feel like cooking dinner and you’ll just make this instead. Not that I’ve done that. I’ve made this for dinner parties, date night, and lots of times in between. Everyone is really impressed because of that whole lava thing, but they don’t even realize how easy it is to make. Whip this up ASAP and you’ll thank me.
P.S. This recipe can easily be multiplied. Continue reading