Monday, August 26, 2013

Chocolate Lava Cake And a Birthday


 A long, long time ago or once upon a time, (but it really doesn't matter as this fact is not essential to the story), two people met at college and fell in love. After 4 years of dating, 3 college degrees and a move to Florida, they got married. They traveled and worked and had dogs. They ate and cooked and made lots of friends. They moved back to Colorado and were very happy but something was missing.  Several years of trying to add to their happy lives was taking longer than usual, but they persisted.

And so it was, one February day, with perfect ski conditions, Person A bent down to buckle her ski boots and just couldn't do it. Luckily, Person B was able to secure the buckles. And later, not long after lunch, on a particularly beautiful day of skiing, Person A decided she was totally exhausted and called it quits for the day, much to Person B's chagrin.

Soon after Person A called the doctor to complain about how miserable she felt where upon said doctor asked if she was pregnant. Person A said she hadn't thought about that, where upon said doctor said to try a pregnancy test. Said pregnancy test turned immediately blue. She reported these results to Person B who asked, could it be? Whereupon Person A said she'd schedule an appointment with the doctor. Person A went by herself to the doctor, where the doctor immediately confirmed the strip's results and said they are rarely ever wrong. Immediately an ultrasound was done, where it was discovered that Person A was quite pregnant, at least 10 weeks pregnant, and one baby was two. Yes, there was a reason Person A could not buckle her ski boots.

Person A immediately called Person B who was working  and in a meeting. She said she needed to talk to him now and he walked out of his meeting where he was given the doctor's results. According to the coworkers in the room at the time, Person B's face turned as white as a sheet and as he turned to go out of the room he walked straight into the wall.




After dutifully reporting the news to said world, Person A and Person B endured a long, hot, happy summer until Person A reported to the hospital on August, 24, 1990, walked up three flights of stairs because the elevators were out, and delivered two healthy babies. One boy and one girl, much to the relief of Person A. They had 10 fingers and 10 toes weighed 4lbs, 2oz and 5lbs,11oz and were 17 and 18 inches long. They were also the most beautiful humans that Person's A and B had ever laid eyes on.

Said news was reported to the world by expensive long distance calls as cell phones were still used sparingly and facebook had yet to have faces. Google was not googling and instagram was not instant, as it had not been born yet. But two babies had, and though they were not greeted by throngs of photographers and news journalists at their birth, many people flew in a week later to participate in a bris and baby naming, where upon two glorious babies came to be called Alex and Zoe.



After many birthday parties that ranged from clowns and magicians to pioneer parks; scavenger hunts, bike parades and back yard camping; laser tag, chocolate and the ubiquitous pool parties; the day now just  quietly celebrated life and love and memories. And though the little ones have flown the coop,  Person A still remembers the glories of her children's childhood and all the love that abounded each and every day, birthday or not. She is happy to report that Zoe just made her first chocolate heirloom cake for herself and friends in Philadelphia and that her brother celebrated his at a beer festival in San Francisco.



Person A quietly celebrated their birthday while recreating their 7th birthday meal. This was attended by their teachers way back when, where everyone ate calamari, linguini with clam sauce, Caesar salad, garlic bread and the before mentioned heirloom chocolate cake. Both teachers were pleasantly surprised when they were not served pizza, hot dogs or mac and cheese, which apparently were a customary, 7 year old, birthday meal. No, Alex and Zoe, developed good eating habits at an early age and now are good cooks themselves.

Though Person A did not bake the heirloom chocolate cake she did make a spectacular molten lava cake that burst with the flavors of chocolate and joy. She sat quietly as she savored each bite while remembering the joyful noise of each birthday and hoping for more to come. Each bite was taken without the slightest bit of guilt and each bite was spent gulping back tears and memories. Each bite was full of love and pride that she had raised two totally perfect children in a totally imperfect world. And though no photographers were present, and no words were spoken, she remembered the day her children were born and she rejoiced.




Chocolate Lava Cake - for 2

10 minutes preparation, 8-10 minutes baking

1/2 c bittersweet chocolate chips
4 T butter
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1/4 t vanilla
pinch of salt
1/4 c powdered sugar
3 T flour

Butter two 8 oz ramekins.

Melt chocolate and butter in microwave for 45 seconds. Stir until chips are melted. Whisk in egg and egg yolk. Add vanilla, salt, powdered sugar and flour.

Bake for 8-14 minutes. You may eat these from the ramekins or you may unmold them and serve them directly on the plate. Top with ice cream or whipped cream.

These  can be held on the counter until you are ready to bake them. In our case, this means do the dishes, put in the cakes and when the dishes are finished, the cakes are ready to devour. You can bake these up to about 14 minutes but the centers will not be as runny or molten. This cake is extraordinary and perfect for any occasion. 




More chocolate:
Hot Fudge Cake
Chocolate Fudge Cake
Quick Chocolate Cake
World Peace Cookies

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36 comments:

  1. What a sweet blog post! Chocolate lava cake is a great way to celebrate a birthday!

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    1. Thanks Laura. I know you can't have chocolate but this is terrific!

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  2. Very fun story. You have two wonderful looking kids! You sound like a happy family. Certainly anyone would be happy to have that terrific looking chocolate lava cake! Nice memories - sometimes photos actually get in the way of real life.

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    1. Thanks John! Photos can get in the way of real life especially when they look better than the real thing! Memories are definitely good especially because I have yet to organize the photo albums!

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  3. Oh, Abbe! I didn't realize you had boy-girl twins! Somehow I missed that! I do, too, and as I read this post, I was just all teary-eyed over such a lovely story about your two! Luckily, there was the hilarious part about person B walking into a wall - so it wasn't all tears! (And my daughter, who is sitting right across from me doing her math, didn't catch me looking all weepy!) One day all-too-soon, mine will have flown the coop, too. Good to know that Chocolate Lava Cake can help ease the heartache a little. Happy birthday to Alex and Zoe - and job well done, mom!

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  4. Shelley, it's a great club to be in, isn't it? How old are yours? My advice is to have another for it goes way too fast. I had tears just writing this, but maybe one day it will make a great bedtime story. Thanks for writing!

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  5. Wow! What a beautiful story!!!! Happy B-day to both Alex and Zoe...I want a piece of this cake!

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    1. Thanks Denise! Bake it and you can have the whole thing!

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  6. Such a wonderful story and post, Abbe. Imagine rearing twin foodies. That sure was some 7th birthday party feast! Aren't molten lava cakes the best? I love 'em and yours here sounds delicious and is beautifully presented.

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    1. Twin foodies-I like that John! This is a really good molten lava cake and I have tried several! I like that you can make it ahead and bake it at the last minute!

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  7. You lucky one, Abbe! A very sweet and warm post. Happy happy Birthday, Alex, Zoe.
    The lava cake looks splendid!

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    1. Oh Angie, I will pass it on! I think they had a great birthday, at least the parts I was allowed to hear! Thanks Angie.

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  8. Oh Abbe. That is a wonderful story! You made me cry before 8am! They are beautiful children and I know you are proud. What a blessing they must be. Did I mention I have triplet nephews in Colorado? I don't get to see them much but do keep up on FB. What did we ever do without instant information? The cake looks amazing too - one of my favorites.

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    1. Oh Tricia, I cry most day upon waking! Come visit those triplets and we can get together. It is a really good, chocolatey cake. You will love it! And one good thing is no leftovers-so no tempting snacks in the house!

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  9. Oh, what a sweet post honoring your two beautiful children. My 3 are right around the same age...it's amazing to watch them turn into responsible, compassionate adults.

    I have a feeling I'll be visiting Denver a lot over the coming years. Let's plan to meet up one time when I'm there for a few days! I'd love that!

    PS...your lava cakes look terrific!

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    1. Any time, Liz. I would thoroughly enjoy ti!

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  10. What a lovely post - and amazing lava cakes - I've never made them - know I really have to!
    Mary x

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    1. Thanks so much, Mary. These are amazing and they are a good thing to have up your sleeve. Everyone loves them!

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  11. That's so wonderful—happy birthday to your beautiful twins! And they sure are lucky to have a mom that makes chocolate lava cakes for them ;)

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    1. Oh Irina. Thanks for you sweet words.And truthfully, i make them for me!

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  12. thanks for sharing, wonderful post

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  13. It must be so wonderful to see the kids growing. Congrats to zoe for making the cake herself! I loved reading this beautiful story...I have to yet make a lava cake like this!

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    1. Purabi, it is bittersweet seeing them grow but delightful to see what they have become! Thank you for your kind words and you should try this cake. You will love it!

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  14. awww....happy belated birthday to your beautiful children! I really enjoy reading your post. What a heart warming story/memories. This molten lava cake is truly spectacular and perfect for the occasion. :) Nicely done.

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    1. Thank you so much, Amy. It is amazing how time flies. And you can make lava cake part of your special occasions for many years to come. Your kids are still young!

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  15. IT WAS SUCH A PLEASURE READING THROUGH THIS POST...WE FELT WARM WITH SWEET MEMORIES...PERSON A IS SURE A WONDERFUL MOM :-)
    BELATED HAPPY B'DAY TO YOUR ADORABLE CHILDREN AND THAT CAKE LOOKS LIKE AN ABSOLUTE WINNER :-)

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    1. That is so nice! You make me feel so warm with your kind comment. It is really a great cake. Please enjoy!

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  16. Wonderful post and a great recipe too!

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    1. Thanks, Natalie. It is a great recipe and hopefully, one day, a great bedtime story!

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  17. This post just made me smile the whole time I was reading it! Thanks for sharing it Abbe!

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  18. Aw what a sweet story Abbe. Let's call me Person A and I'll share that my Little One 2 will be 30 in a few weeks and has decided to go to the mountains with friends to celebrate. Oh how I wish she would celebrate with the ONE person who actually remembers that 'Birth Day' but she is currently in a 'friends are more important than family' mode.

    So, great idea; I will recreate her favorite cake and have friends over. Perfect! :)

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  19. Oh, Barb. Yes, you should have a party. And then she will wonder what she missed!

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  20. Pinned it! This looks Fab! Can't wait to try it!!

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  21. Oh I'm so happy I found your site...I was wanting to make this for Valentine's Day!

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