Molten Chocolate Bourbon Cake

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This recipe appeared as part of the second-place winner of ICSA XVI.

I'm really not that big on sweets. But when I tasted this bittersweet molten cake, I was in love. I knew pairing it with bourbon would be a no-brainer.

Here is what you will need:

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Custard or souffle baking cups and a baking sheet
6 ounces baker's dark bittersweet chocolate baking bars
10 tablespoons of butter
1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cups flour
2 ounces of bourbon whiskey (again, budget bourbon will do - but I'm from Kentucky, soooo)
3 whole eggs
3 egg yolks

Here is where we are going...

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And here is how we get there...

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

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Grease your souffle cups generously with butter:

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Place well-greased souffle cups on the baking sheet.

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Place the 10 tablespoons of butter along with the baker's chocolate in a bowl.

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Put them in the microwave for two minutes to melt:

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Whisk to incorporate the butter and still-melting chocolate:

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When you're done you'll have a nice, creamy smooth sauce:

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Add your two ounces of bourbon (about four tablespoons)...

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Add your flour and sugar:

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Stir this all up with a fork. It takes quite a bit of effort, and when you're done you'll have a thick, almost doughlike mud:

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When you add your eggs and egg yolks in and whisk thoroughly, however, your mud will turn into creamy smooth batter:

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Dispense evenly into your souffle cups. You'll probably have more batter than you need for four cups. Don't overfill the cups:

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Put them in the oven and set the timer for 14 minutes:

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When they are done they will look firm around the edges and soft in the center:

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Let them stand for a minute or two. You will notice that they will shrink down some:

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Run a knife around the edge of the cake to loosen:

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Turn them out upside-down on a dessert dish and sprinkle powdered sugar on top for a classy finish.

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Make absolutely certain that you serve this dish warm immediately, because it contains a gooey surprise your guests will not be expecting. The short cooking time leaves the center a molten, gooey, delicious pudding (which solidifies somewhat as it cools):

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