Soft-center Chocolate espresso cakes

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 I still cannot get over these blueberry muffins with crumb topping I made last week.  I grab one before heading out in the morning, and they always taste fresh like they were just out of the oven.  I am kinda sad that they’re gone now, but I can always make them again anytime I want! 

With my muffin tin still out, I was on the hunt for recipes that are easy and worth it for an early grab-and-go breakfast foods.  These soft-center chocolate espresso cakes are exactly that – especially if your morning is on the sweeter side.   They have soft centers when served warm, but once at room temperature they are almost dense and fudge-like.   You can dress them up by serving with ice cream or whipped cream, but I honestly think they are perfect as it is! 

Another reason why they are good for breakfast? Espresso baby! Not overpowering though, just enough to have that “hint” of espresso in your cakes.  This recipe calls for instant espresso powder and I honestly have never used one before!  I panicked a little but managed to find one at my local whole foods.  I don’t normally shop there but I felt like this was a special case.  Anyway, I bought the Medaglia D’Oro at their coffee and tea isle.  From what I have read, espresso powders are as important as spices to bakers because they enhance the chocolate flavor in cakes, brownies and cookies –  and I must say I believe it after making this! 

Soft-center chocolate espresso cakes - hungrybrownie.com

Soft-center chocolate espresso cakes - hungrybrownie.com

Soft-center chocolate espresso cakes
Yields 6
Mini cakes with deep chocolate flavor (and a hint of espresso) with soft-centers when served warm.
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Ingredients
  1. 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for greasing the tin
  2. 1/3 cup granulated sugar, plus more for tin
  3. 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  4. 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  5. 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 3 large eggs
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan with simmering water. Make sure water is not touching the bowl. Stir until smooth and completely melted. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. Grease a 6-cup regular muffin tin with butter. Dust with granulated sugar and tap out excess. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, espresso powder, and salt.
  4. Using an electric mixer or handheld mixer, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Slowly add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is completely incorporated. Add flour and espresso mixture, and beat until well combined. Beat in vanilla and chocolate. Mix well.
  5. Spoon batter equally into prepared muffin tin. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until cakes no longer jiggle when tin is shaken.
  6. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for about 5 minutes.
  7. Serve warm and enjoy!
Adapted from Martha Stewart cookbook
Adapted from Martha Stewart cookbook
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Soft-center chocolate espresso cakes - hungrybrownie.com

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