Molten Chocolate Cake

This molten chocolate cake, also known as a chocolate lava cake, is a cinch to make. Flour, couverture chocolate, eggs, butter, and sugar are mixed together and baked. The cake is pulled from the oven when not completely baked through, resulting in an irresistible lava flow of chocolate.

Molten chocolate cake, a wedge cut from it, with chocolate oozing; whipped cream on top, on a plate

This traditional French chocolate cake has a velvety molten chocolate center that flows seductively onto your plate the moment it’s touched with a fork. The chef at Geneva’s Hôtel d’Angleterre (17 Quai de Mont Blanc) named the dish after Sokoto, a town in Nigeria where the cocoa beans originate for this 58 percent pure chocolate. He serves it with homemade passion fruit and banana sorbet and mango coulis as a dessert, but for afternoon tea, you can serve it simply with a dollop of whipped cream, some fresh raspberries or strawberries, or with a purée of fruits.–Margaret M. Johnson

Molten Chocolate Cake

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  • 20 M
  • 30 M
  • Serves 8
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Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Spray eight 4-ounce ramekins with cooking oil and dust with flour, tapping out the excess.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the chocolate with the butter.

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Stir in the flour and the chocolate-butter mixture. Transfer the batter to the prepared ramekins and bake for 10 minutes, or until the tops are firm.

Run a knife around the sides of the chocolate cakes and invert the cakes onto serving plates. Top with whipped cream, fresh berries, or fruit coulis, if desired. Serve immediately and instruct your guests to cut into them so the molten chocolate center flows onto their plates.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

These were probably some of the very best molten chocolate cakes I’ve ever made and eaten! Moist and tender with a center that was like warm pudding. Just perfect for a small party, as these were for us. Delish.

These molten chocolate cakes look sophisticated but are so simple to make. I made them with raspberry coulis, which complemented them nicely.

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  1. I’m always on the lookout for recipes that are easy to prepare yet elegant to present and delicious to eat. These molten chocolate cakes most definitely hit the mark. I had doubts that something this simple would have the molten center as promised in the recipe and shown in the photo, but they did! You can throw these cakes together, drizzle some liqueur on top (I loved Frangelico with this), top them with any berries you have on hand, and a sprinkle of powdered sugar, and you’ll have a gourmet dessert sure to wow all your dinner guests. I’m keeping this recipe in my go-to-at-short-notice file.

  2. I have had chocolate molten lava cakes at many weddings but never thought to make them at home. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. That looks marvelous. I have a standard chocolate pud that I always serve my little sister, but this molten cake looks like something a bit special. Thank you for drawing my attention to Tea & Crumpets. It will make a perfect christmas present.

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