I woke up today with a full-on food hangover. This holiday season was full of delicious sweets and treats that I thoroughly enjoyed with absolutely no regard to the morning-after feeling I would have come January.

Despite my tummy’s slight disagreement with some of my holiday decisions, I can’t help but post this delicious dessert that I served for some guests a few weeks ago. Molten cakes might possibly be the simplest dessert with the flashiest results. I ask you: who doesn’t get butterflies over chocolate oozing from chocolate?

The only tricky part of molten cakes is timing. You have to pull them from the oven at exactly the right moment or they will dry out and (while still delicious) not be quite as spectacular and impressive. The key is waiting until the edges are hard but the middle is still looking just a bit mushy, almost like it is about to bake over. *If you accidentally over-bake them, just add a scoop of ice cream and the wow factor will immediately be returned.

Molten Spiced Cakes

Makes 4 servings.

4 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

1 tablespoon Cabernet Sauvignon or other red wine

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

2 eggs

1 egg yolk

6 tablespoons flour

1/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger

1/8 teaspoon Ground Cloves

Preheat oven to 425°F. Butter 4 (6-ounce) ramekins. Place on baking sheet.

Melt chocolate and butter in large microwavable bowl on HIGH 1 minute or until butter is melted. If you’re anything like us (microwave-less) do a double broiler and melt over low heat. Whisk until chocolate is completely melted. Stir in wine, vanilla and confectioners’ sugar until well blended. Whisk in eggs and yolk. Stir in flour, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Pour batter evenly into prepared ramekins.

Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until sides are firm but centers are soft. Let stand 1 minute. Carefully loosen edges with small knife. Invert cakes onto serving plates. Sprinkle with additional confectioners’ sugar. Serve immediately.

Delicious with ice cream!

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