Friday, 20 May 2011

Mini Gooey Chocolate Cakes - A Swedish Recipe

This recipe is a winner. Seriously.


It comes from  a Swedish chef called Leila Lindholm. She is funny, beautiful, and always smiling. And her recipes are awesome. Every. Single. One. I've. Tried.

I've been a fan of Swedish 'kladdkaka' ever since Bike Boy's sister baked it for us on a visit to his homeland. Translated, it means 'sticky cake', or 'gooey cake' which pretty much sums up the awesomeness.

It's a cake that is only partially baked - much like a brownie - but even more unctuous and delicious. In fact the first few times I tried to bake it I got caught out by my instincts, and cooked it too long. Still delicious, but not the real deal.



You can bake cupcake or muffin sized gooey treats, or a large cake from the same batter, to feed a crowd:

This one looks a bit hexagonal because I used one of these nifty cake pan liners.



I think somehow things always taste better in minature, so I've stuck with the mini version here.



By the way, did I tell you that they have sunken middles - which make them all the easier for topping with cream and berries? Yep. They do. Does awesomeness come in better packages than this?


Mini Gooey Chocolate Cakes

Makes 16 muffin sized cakes
2 eggs
160 g caster (fine) sugar
A few drops of vanilla essence
50 g butter
50 ml vegetable oil
100 ml golden syrup - you could also use corn syrup or similar
100 g wheat flour
50 g best quality cocoa power
1 tsp baking powder
A pinch of salt
100 g good quality dark chocolate - at least 70% cocoa if possible

For the topping:
250 ml whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tsp sugar
A few cups of fresh berries

Preheat the oven to 175 °C, and prepare your muffin pan with some paper liners.

Whisk the eggs and sugar until very light and airy.

Place the butter, vegetable oil and syrup in a small pan and heat gently, stirring until melted and thoroughly mixed. Add the vanilla essence and stir in.
         
Allow the melted mixture to cool slightly, and then mix it into the egg and sugar mixture.

Place the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl and use a whisk to mix together and break up any clumps.

Carefully, and using a metal spoon, fold the flour mixture into the wet mixture.

Chop the chocolate into small pieces, and melt in a bowl over a pan of gently simmering water. Mix the melted chocolate into the batter.

Fill your prepared muffin cases to about 2/3 full.

Bake in the centre of the oven for 12 minutes - and no longer! They will have risen during cooking, but will sink in the middle when taken out of the oven.  This is how they should be.

Just out of the oven - risen and domed...
After 10 minutes - decidedly sunken - but delicious!

Defy your instinct to demolish test one immediately, and let them cool while you prepare the cream (in fact, a night in the fridge before serving does these little beauties no harm).

Whip the cream until softly peaked, and stir in the sugar and vanilla essence.

Serve the cakes with a dollop of cream and a few berries. Serve extra berries and cream on the side to make a fantastic dessert.

38 comments:

  1. These look delish! I love the fresh berries!

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  2. What a gorgeous cake. Anything that says gooey and chocolate is good.

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  3. I think its a good week to celebrate Scandanavian baking! And gooey chocolate cupcakes sound pretty fantastic. Thanks for introducing me to the baking charms of Leila.

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  4. This looks fantastic - the recipe is no doubt good but your implementation is awesome - just when I'm thinking it's time to cut down on those carbs for the summer :)

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  5. Yummy Yummy! Those look so delicious! I wish I had one of those nommy treats with me right now to munch on!

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  6. I saw this recently on Honest Cooking! I was planning on trying it already, this must be a sign...

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  7. These look amazing! Chocolate, cream, and berries - YYUUMM!!!

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  8. Delicious!! Chocolate with berries and frosting? It doesn't get any better than this.

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  9. Looks like a great treat to make and eat. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. These look so perfect and moist! Next time I need to make a chocolate cake, this is what I'm going to try :D

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  11. Oooh these look delish! I love the toppings too it looks so good.

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  12. These are so cute, and sound fabulous. I love the cupcakes topped with cream and berries too. Great dessert :)

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  13. They really look wonderful. I really like the idea of baking these as cupcakes. I know I'd enjoy one of these. I hope you have a good day. Blessings...Mary

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  14. Oh I love Leila's style and recipes! These cakes look heavenly!

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  15. I love an ooey gooey texture to a cake. These look divine! : )

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  16. Another coincidence! 'A piece of cake' is my favorite cookbook about baking! I love her carrot cake, her raspberry cupcakes and her recipes for bullar. Her new cookbook, One More Slice, is on my 'things I have to order from' amazonen list.
    I love the first photo, seriously sad I can't eat it..!

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  17. Any brownie type cupcake always has my vote and the berries really put these round babies over the top. Great Post.

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  18. Yumm... Ruth these look so perfect !! I´ll be trying these soon :D

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  19. This looks like the absolute perfect cupcake.Now all that fruit makes the cake healthy! Right! Please say yes!Delicious!

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  20. Oooo yummo! No one can possibley resist gooey chocolately goodness!

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  21. Looks absolutely gorgeous!

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  22. Looks amazing! Berries and chocolate are so awesome together and you made them look so pretty :)

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  23. What a wonderful recipe. It looks great.

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  24. Ooey gooey translates into super yummy!

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  25. Any recipe with 70% chocolate in can do no wrong in my eyes :-)

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  26. Okay, this is going on my 'have to make' list. I have a really great recipe for chocolate cake which I've made out the Leon cookbook, which has no flour and LOADS of chocolate, but with the berries and cupcakeyness - bookmarked.

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  27. These cupcakes look AMAZING! The berries on top make it look beautiful and perfect for a special occasion, and I really like how you can bake it as a cake or mini cupcakes. I love scandinavian baking recipes, so this is one I will definitely have to try out. What about substituting the wheat flour with regular all-purpose?

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  28. Wow... I mean just wow! Looks so pretty and all the chocolate... I think I'll be dreaming about it! :)

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  29. Stunning. I think I know what I'm baking this weekend now....

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  30. lovely little cakes and fun to learn a Swedish recipe

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  31. What a cute-tasty looking cake! I can imagine the whole flavors mixed together. This definitely goes on my must-try list :)

    Lovely shots,

    Aldy.

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  32. I love that you have made this beautiful cake into these cute little cake! The recipe sounds delicious! The berries on top are a nice addition!

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  33. Hi there, interesting to see the result of using that Lakeland cake liner, I had wondered if they worked or not. I love the little cakes. So pretty!

    Joana

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  34. Yay, kladdkaka - my wife's mother makes this all the time, and tuppkaka (did you try that one?). I love watching Leila on TV too... you can get her programs on TV4.se if you understand Swedish - she has a very nice on-screen presence!

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  35. I love Leila Lindholm :P. I have several of her books and she has really good recipes.

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  36. These look so yummy! Chocolate and berries are always good.

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  37. This looks so tasty and fresh. Perfect recipe for this season! for me perfect combination of chocolat and fruits (there is nothing better ! :) I used to make muffins with fruits inside, and it was also very tasty, but this recipe i m gonna try it next week :)

    greets, aga :)

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