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Sunken Chocolate Cakes with Coffee Ice Cream

Coating the muffin tins with butter and sugar gives these little cakes sparkle and a bit of crunch.

  • Servings: 4
Sunken Chocolate Cakes with Coffee Ice Cream


Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2001


  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut in pieces, plus more for pans
  • 1/4 cup sugar, plus more for pans
  • 5 ounces best-quality bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 large eggs, separated, plus 2 large egg yolks
  • 4 scoops coffee ice cream (1 pint)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter 4 cups in a jumbo nonstick muffin pan, leaving the 2 center cups empty. Coat lightly with sugar, and set aside. Place butter and chocolate in a heat-proof bowl; set over a pan of simmering water. Stir occasionally, until melted and thoroughly combined. Remove from heat; set aside.

  2. Combine the 4 egg yolks with 2 tablespoons sugar, and whisk until the mixture is pale yellow and thick. Stir in the melted chocolate-and-butter mixture.

  3. Whisk egg whites until soft peaks form, add remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, and whisk until stiff and shiny but not dry. Fold into chocolate mixture. Divide batter among prepared muffin cups, and bake until set and slightly springy to the touch, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven, and transfer to a wire rack. Allow to cool for 15 minutes in pan; carefully run a knife around edges of cakes, and unmold. Serve each with a scoop of coffee ice cream.


Reviews (3)

  • lovetoknitandread 16 Jan, 2010

    This is a wonderful dessert. Your family and friends will love it!

  • cookingfairy 11 Sep, 2009

    These muffins were delicious !

  • SassyV 29 Jun, 2008

    These were awesome! Surprisingly easy to make and just the right amount of sweetness. I used a regular muffin pan, which still produced perfect results. I served these with light Haagen Dazs coffee ice cream- Fantastic!

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