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Hot & Saucy! Self-Saucing Chocolate Cakes

I fell in love with this recipe the moment I saw it. Individual rich chocolate cakes with a creamy top layer that can be made in one fell swoop – what’s not to love! The coolest thing about it is that the creamy layer on top is baked right on to the cake while it is in the oven. It basically comes with its own frosting. I mean, how cool is that?! I didn’t believe it myself until I tried it, and I’m now a devotee. These awesome moist cakes can be served straight from the oven the minute they are cool enough to eat. You don’t have to worry about waiting for them to cool before being iced. Here is how you too can make these awesome cakes for yourself. You could even serve them for Valentine’s Day!

Self-Saucing Chocolate Cakes
adapted from King Arthur Flour

1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup cocoa powder
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large egg
½ cup whole milk

Topping:

½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
pinch salt
1 cup hot water

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour 4 mugs (1-cup sized) or ramekins and set aside.

2. Mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder. Whisk in the vanilla, vegetable oil, egg, and milk until smooth. Divide the batter evenly amongst the prepared mugs.

3. Make the topping by whisking together the sugar, cocoa powder, and salt, and sprinkling even amounts on top of the batter in each mug. Then, top with ¼ cup hot water. Place the mugs on the baking sheet and bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until the top of the cakes are a little puffy. Allow to cool for five minutes, then serve warm with a spoon!

  • Get Ready for Chocolate Deliciousness! 1 of 8
    Self Saucing Chocolate Cake Final

    Get ready for some amazing chocolate cakes that have a saucy pudding top! They are a snap to make and are just perfect for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day!

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Prepare Your Mugs! 2 of 8
    Prepare Your Mugs

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray four 1-cup, oven-safe mugs and set them aside. Use decorative mugs if you are serving these at a party!

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Mix the Dry Ingredients 3 of 8
    Dry Ingredients

    The batter comes together in just one bowl! Start by mixing together 1 cup flour, ¼ cup sugar, ¼ cup cocoa powder, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon baking powder.

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Whisk in the Wet Ingredients 4 of 8
    Self-Saucing Cake

    Next, whisk in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, 1 large egg, and ½ cup milk until smooth. Don't overwork the batter, you just want it light and silky.

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Set Up Your Mugs 5 of 8
    Self Saucing Cakes

    Add about 1/3 cup of batter to each prepared mug! You don't want too much batter in each mug or else the cakes will overflow when they bake.

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

     

  • Make the Topping 6 of 8
    Self Saucing Cakes 3

    The secret to a self-saucing cake is the awesome topping. Make this one by whisking together an additional ½ cup sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, and pinch of salt. Add about 2 heaping tablespoons of this mixture to the top of the batter in each mug. Then top each cake with 1/4 cup boiling water and carefully place them on a baking sheet.

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Bake! 7 of 8
    Self Saucing Cake Baked

    Bake the cakes for 18 to 22 minutes. The cakes will puff up and there will be bubbly liquid around the edges. You will LOVE how amazing your kitchen smells. Seriously, it will smell like a bakery.

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

     

  • Enjoy! 8 of 8
    Self Saucing Chocolate Cake Final

    These luscious and decadent chocolate cakes will put anyone in a great mood. Top it with whipped cream and serve with a spoon!

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

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