Fancy desserts, such as luxurious individual molten chocolate cakes, will make your guests feel extra special.

Sherry Yard, author of Dessert by the Yard, demonstrates how to bake the cakes (recipe below) on the Academy's site.

Click here for another lavish dessert recipe. This one is for mini cheesecakes and it's from Sherry Yard's Dessert by the Yard.

Chocolate Molten Cakes

Serves 8

8 4-oz. disposable aluminum cups
Melted butter, for brushing
5 oz. bittersweet chocolate, cut into chunks
5 oz. unsalted butter
3 eggs
3 egg yolks
1/4 cup sugar
3 Tbs. all-purpose flour, sifted
Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream (optional)

  1. Butter the inside of the foil cups. Arrange on a baking tray; reserve.
  2. In a bowl, combine the chocolate and butter. Melt over a double boiler.
  3. In a mixer bowl, using a wire whisk, beat together the eggs, egg yolks, and sugar for 3 minutes over medium speed. Add the warm chocolate and butter mixture. Mix at low speed until well blended. Stir in the flour.
  4. Divide the batter evenly into the 8 prepared foil cups. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 5 minutes. Turn baking tray and continue to bake another 3 minutes. When the sides feel firm, while center should still be very moist, remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  5. To serve, flip out the cake from the foil cup and place on dessert plate. Serve immediately, with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

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Mini cheesecakes

Image source: Chocolate molten cake by rpslee on Flick.com