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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.

  • prep: 15 mins
    total time: 35 mins
  • servings: 4




  • 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. Step 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. Step 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. Step 3

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

  4. Step 4

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

Everyday Food, December 2003



Reviews (5)

  • 14 Oct, 2010

    These are the best "lava cakes" I've made. The recipe is uncomplicated and finished product always perfect.

  • 27 Nov, 2008

    Yum - these turned out great! They were even easier after watching the video segment:

  • 25 Aug, 2008

    these are the best molten cakes I've ever made. It takes no time at all!! Cook for full 10 minutes.

  • 12 Aug, 2008

    Great! And very easy to make. Served it with ice-cream and it worked really well!

  • 30 Dec, 2007

    Good, but nothin to die for.