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Chocolate Molten Cakes

Chocolate Molten Cakes – Heavenly individual chocolate cakes with a melting chocolate centre with only 6 ingredients, and ready to eat in under 30 minutes!

Chocolate Molten Cakes | Marsha's Baking Addiction

Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but who’s stopping you and your special someoneΒ from indulging in these delicious chocolate molten lave cakes right now? With only 6 simple ingredients, you can have these ready to devour in less than 30 minutes!

Chocolate Molten Cakes | Marsha's Baking Addiction

And if you don’t want to bake these cakes up right away, simply pour the batter into the ramekins, cover with clingfilm, and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Perfect if you don’t want to serve all four of them at once.

Chocolate Molten Cakes | Marsha's Baking Addiction

Chocolate Molten Cakes

How much melted centre you get depends on how long you bake them for. If you want more sponge over melted pudding, bake for a little longer. For the best tasting molten cakes, I highly recommend you use your favourite good quality dark chocolate.

Chocolate Molten Cakes | Marsha's Baking Addiction

If you’re a chocolate lover like me, you will fall in love with these molten cakes, and will want to make them again and again. I usually love to serve these with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, because the warmth of the cake makes it melt slowly as you indulge in this gorgeous pudding, but you could go for icing sugar (like mine today), more melted chocolate, salted caramel, or whipped cream!

Chocolate Molten Cakes | Marsha's Baking Addiction

Chocolate Molten Cakes | Marsha's Baking Addiction

Valentine’s Day or not… enjoy!

Chocolate Molten Cakes | Marsha's Baking Addiction
4.77 from 13 votes
Chocolate Molten Cakes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 14 mins
Total Time: 24 mins
Yields: 4 cakes
Calories: 600 kcal
Heavenly individual chocolate cakes with a melting chocolate centre with only 6 ingredients, and ready to eat in under 30 minutes!
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Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup good quality dark chocolate 115g, chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 115g
  • 1 cup icing/powdered sugar 125g
  • 2 large eggs + 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plain flour 62g
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7. Grease 4 ramekins, and place them on a baking tray.
  2. Microwave the chocolate, and butter together until completely melted. Set aside to cool slightly - about 10 minutes.
  3. Whisk in the icing sugar, eggs, and egg yolks. Mix in the vanilla extract, and the flour until combined.
  4. Divide the mixture between the prepared ramekins. Bake for 12 - 14 minutes, until the sides of the cakes are firm, and the centres are still soft.
  5. Carefully run a knife around the edges of each cake, then turn them out onto serving plates. Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream, or your favourite topping.
Notes

If you don't want to bake these right away, simply cover the pudding in ramekins with clingfilm and keep refrigerated for up to 24 hours. Bake just before serving.

The calories are an estimate only.

Slightly adapted from Kraft.

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Chocolate Molten Cakes | Marsha's Baking Addiction

Chocolate Molten Cakes | Marsha's Baking Addiction

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46 Comments

  • Reply
    Muna Kenny
    19th February 2016 at 1:45 pm

    You won’t believe how crazy I am! I’m looking at your molten cake and thinking “I will add two scoops ice cream, and drizzle caramel sauce, maybe add some chopped walnuts…” LOL, your cake made me day dream πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Marsha
      19th February 2016 at 1:48 pm

      Haha, thanks Muna! πŸ™‚

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    Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table
    19th February 2016 at 2:27 pm

    These look so perfect! All that gooey chocolaty pudding oozing out – seriously trying hard not to lick my screen. And I’m with you, doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to indulge in a special chocolate treat – especially one this easy! Yum!

    • Reply
      Marsha
      19th February 2016 at 2:29 pm

      Thanks, Kathryn!

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    Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs
    19th February 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Oh my gosh you’ve made the notoriously tricky molten lava cake look SO easy! My OH made me a molten lava cake for Valentines Day a few years ago and I’ve never returned the favour because I thought I would fail. You’ve given me the confidence to treat him πŸ™‚ lets hope they come out as well as yours!

    • Reply
      Marsha
      19th February 2016 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks, Emma! These molten cakes are super easy! πŸ™‚

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    peter @feedyoursoultoo
    19th February 2016 at 2:41 pm

    These look delicious. Great lighting on the cakes too.

    • Reply
      Marsha
      19th February 2016 at 2:53 pm

      Thanks, Peter!

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    Tracy | Baking Mischief
    19th February 2016 at 2:51 pm

    I think Muna has the right idea. I want to put ALL those things you recommended on these! Though they look so rich and gorgeous I imagine they really stand on their own too.

    These are so pretty and the fact that you can make them in advance would make them so perfect for serving to guests! Pinning to do just that.

    • Reply
      Marsha
      19th February 2016 at 2:53 pm

      Thanks, Tracy!

  • Reply
    Kari
    19th February 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Molton cakes are some of my favorites. I love the gooey insides!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

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    Sherri @ Watch Learn Eat
    19th February 2016 at 9:51 pm

    I didn’t think I was going to make it past the first picture! I just sat there staring and drooling for a bit. πŸ™‚ Not only do these look fantastic, I love the concept of being able to pre-make them in advance and prep them for baking. Such a great recipe! πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Marsha
      19th February 2016 at 10:44 pm

      Haha, thanks, Sherri! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    kushi
    20th February 2016 at 1:09 am

    oh my! Drooling..They look amazingly delicious. I love your recipes πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Marsha
      20th February 2016 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks, Kushi! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Natalie
    20th February 2016 at 10:17 am

    These look sooo delicious. My hubby is ultimate choco lover.. I’m going to surprise him with these beauties πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Marsha
      20th February 2016 at 1:05 pm

      Thanks, Natalie! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    farhana
    20th February 2016 at 5:55 pm

    wow its yummy

    • Reply
      Marsha
      20th February 2016 at 7:55 pm

      Thanks, Farhana!

  • Reply
    AiPing | Curious Nut
    20th February 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Oh my oh my oh my…… I loveeeeee molten chocolate cake!!!!! This seems doable for a no baking experience person like me . Gonna be trying this. Saw this in foodgawker and somehow I knew it was you.

    • Reply
      Marsha
      20th February 2016 at 9:06 pm

      Aww, thanks AiPing!

  • Reply
    Derek
    20th February 2016 at 11:08 pm

    You got to be kidding me with this! We call you the baking queen already, then you go out and make a molten cake!

    • Reply
      Marsha
      21st February 2016 at 2:44 am

      Haha, thanks Derek!

  • Reply
    Rahul @samosastreet.com
    22nd February 2016 at 12:50 am

    Your cake looks amazing with oozing molten centers.. This delicious chocolate cake is my wife’s favorite, I make it every year on her birthday or special occasion. There is not a more romantic food than chocolate is my honest opinion.

    • Reply
      Marsha
      22nd February 2016 at 1:43 am

      Thanks, Rahul!

  • Reply
    khadija
    22nd February 2016 at 1:16 am

    Marsha, your blog is going to make me very fat! this has my name written all over it

    • Reply
      Marsha
      22nd February 2016 at 1:43 am

      Haha, thanks Khadija!

  • Reply
    Puja Darshan
    22nd February 2016 at 10:59 am

    Chocolate Molten Cakes……….
    Mmmmmm my mouth is watering πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Marsha
      22nd February 2016 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks, Puja! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    grace
    22nd February 2016 at 5:32 pm

    i just think these are so magical! great recipe, marsha!

    • Reply
      Marsha
      22nd February 2016 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks, Grace!

  • Reply
    Adina
    23rd February 2016 at 9:28 am

    Oh, this looks so good. I have always wanted to make something like this, but was always afraid I would not make it right and would be dissapointed. I really have to just do it, the way you do it seems so easy.

    • Reply
      Marsha
      23rd February 2016 at 9:50 am

      Thanks, Adina! These are super easy to make!

  • Reply
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry
    23rd February 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Molten Chocolate Cakes shouldn’t only be enjoyed on Valentines Day. They are too rich and delicious!

    • Reply
      Marsha
      23rd February 2016 at 5:18 pm

      Thanks, Nicole!

  • Reply
    Amanda
    23rd February 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Wow. These look amazing! Molten and chocolate are two words that are always great together. I think it’s great that you can make these ahead and store them in the fridge before baking. And I can’t believe they’re done in thirty minutes! Awesome.

    • Reply
      Marsha
      23rd February 2016 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks, Amanda!

  • Reply
    Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie
    24th February 2016 at 11:25 pm

    Oh my YUM! This may just be my most favorite thing on your site…and I’ve loved everything you’ve posted!! I must make these soon! That oozing chocolate is calling my name!!! ❀️

    • Reply
      Marsha
      25th February 2016 at 9:25 am

      Thanks so much, Joscelyn! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Carolyn Page
    1st March 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Hi Marsha I love this recipe but did I miss the step for the chocolate and butter that are melted together and then set aside for 15 minutes? I want to make this but don’t know what that step requires.

    • Reply
      Marsha
      1st March 2016 at 5:27 pm

      Hi Carolyn! Cooling the melted chocolate and butter slightly makes sure your eggs don’t scramble when you mix them in. 10 minutes should be fine, too πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Alyssa J
    13th March 2016 at 6:11 pm

    hi! can i use all purpose flour instead of plain flour?

    • Reply
      Marsha
      13th March 2016 at 8:20 pm

      Yes, that’s perfectly fine! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Dena
    15th September 2017 at 4:50 pm

    I’ve never made molten cakes before and was wondering what size ramekins should I use??

    • Reply
      Marsha
      15th September 2017 at 5:24 pm

      I used four 3.5-inch (about 9cm), 6oz ramekins. You can even use a muffin pan, which will make 6 smaller cakes πŸ™‚ If making them in a muffin pan, use a spoon to release the cakes from the pan, and place each upside down on plates.

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