Saturday, May 19, 2012

Molten Chocolate "Lava" Cakes


NOTE: Modified by me from a recipe found on

  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp (10 Tbsp total) unsalted butter
  • 5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp flour (I use all purpose - sifted so there are no lumps)
  • Butter & cocoa powder (to grease/"flour" the ramekins)

1. Melt butter and chocolate in a double boiler (bowl over saucepan of simmering water - DO NOT let the water level reach the bottom of the upper bowl with the chocolate).
2. Whisk until smooth & remove from heat.

3. Beat eggs, sugar and salt in a medium bowl until sugar dissolves.
4. Slowly add chocolate mixture to egg mixture - and I mean SLOWLY - it's warm & you are NOT trying to make scrambled eggs here!
5. Once smooth, add flour until JUST combined (don't over mix it).
6. Grease 4 6-ounce ramekins with butter & then "flour" with cocoa powder.
7. Divide batter among the 4 ramekins (about 2/3 to 3/4 full).
This photo pictures 8 ramekins b/c I doubled the recipe for a dinner party - the recipe as written above will only make 4 (FOUR) cakes!

NOTE: this is a VERY forgiving batter - I make this a few hours before dinner & then store in the fridge. Just remove from the fridge about an hour before you're going to bake them to take the "chill" off.
  • When you are ready to bake, heat oven to 450.
  • Bake about 12 minutes (sides will be puffed up but center will NOT be set (it'll kind of jiggle).
  • Remove from oven & invert each "cake" onto a dessert plate.
  • Garnish with powdered sugar (and fruit like cut up strawberries or raspberries if you wish).
    WARNING: Centers will be VERY hot so if you're serving to children you should "break" them open & let it cool for a few minutes before they eat it!

Sorry this last photo is a little blurry - the lighting in our dining room isn't that great & I was sort of in a rush to eat it - when you make these, you will understand! :)


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