Molten Chocolate Cakes

Molten chocolate lava cake is very popular dessert and seems to be a staple on many restaurant menus.  One reason is because they are divine …almost like a taste of heaven for the chocolate lover. Another reason is that they are really easy to make and the batter can actually be made several hours in advance, refrigerated and then brought to room temperature before baking. This is an easy yet, elegant dessert that will have your guests raving!

Molten Chocolate Cakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 6 oz

Molten Chocolate Cakes


  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, preferably Valrhona
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour


  • Preheat the oven to 450°. Butter and lightly flour four 6-ounce ramekins. Tap out the excess flour. Set the ramekins on a baking sheet.
  • In a double boiler, over simmering water, melt the butter with the chocolate. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with the egg yolks, sugar and salt at high speed until thickened and pale.
  • Whisk the chocolate until smooth. Quickly fold it into the egg mixture along with the flour. Spoon the batter into the prepared ramekins and bake for 12 minutes, or until the sides of the cakes are firm but the centers are soft. Let the cakes cool in the ramekins for 1 minute, then cover each with an inverted dessert plate. Carefully turn each one over, let stand for 10 seconds and then unmold. Serve immediately.


MAKE AHEAD The batter can be refrigerated for several hours; bring to room temperature before baking

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