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Molten Chocolate Cakes


You can prepare the batter through step two up to two hours ahead; refrigerate, covered. Before baking, uncover, and bring batter to room temperature.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, December 2003


  • 4 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for muffin tins
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar, plus more for muffin tins
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting (optional)
  • Whipped cream, for serving (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Generously butter 4 cups of a standard muffin tin. Sprinkle with granulated sugar, and tap out excess. Set aside.

  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. With mixer on low speed, beat in flour and salt until just combined, scraping down the sides as needed. Fold in chocolate. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups.

  3. Bake just until tops of cakes are set, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand 10 minutes.

  4. To serve, turn out cakes, and place on serving plates. Dust with confectioners' sugar, and add a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.

Reviews Add a comment

  • chief8545
    14 OCT, 2010
    These are the best "lava cakes" I've made. The recipe is uncomplicated and finished product always perfect.
  • scoopyemily
    27 NOV, 2008
    Yum - these turned out great! They were even easier after watching the video segment:
  • macysmommie
    25 AUG, 2008
    these are the best molten cakes I've ever made. It takes no time at all!! Cook for full 10 minutes.
  • claudiamc
    12 AUG, 2008
    Great! And very easy to make. Served it with ice-cream and it worked really well!
  • marstar513
    30 DEC, 2007
    Good, but nothin to die for.