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17:08 Apr 2, 2008
Catalan to English translations [PRO] Cooking / Culinary / rather sophisticated menus
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Explanation: Veronica's answer is fine (as you are translating an upscale menu). It's a warm chocolate cupcake with a soft runny middle.
There are a variety of names for this dessert.
A lava cake is a type of cake (usually chocolate) with a filling (also usually chocolate) in the center. When cut open, chocolate "lava" runs out, like a volcano.
A lava cake's center is made from not baking the cake all the way through, so the 'lava' filling is hot and runny. Lava cakes are usually made in ramekins, but can also be made in a regular muffin tin.
The lava cake recipe varies along with baking time. The lava cakes are usually served with ice cream.
Other names for lava cake are chocolate fondant (not to be confused with regular fondant, which is a confection made from sugar and water), volcano cake, molten lava cake, melting chocolate cake, and warm melting chocolate cake. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lava_cake
That's fine. My answer was a "not-for-points" one. I agree that Veronica's answer was the best for your context. I'm just providing additional info in case other translators look this up in the glossary. All the best for your large project. I find it rather interesting, even though it is quite challenging.