Molten Chocolate Cakes With Sugar-Coated Raspberries

Molten Chocolate Cakes With Sugar-Coated Raspberries

526 Reviews 77 Pics
USA WEEKEND columnist Pam Anderson
Recipe by  USA WEEKEND columnist Pam Anderson

“Dessert is individual molten chocolate cakes. They're simple and elegant, and they bake in under 10 minutes in a standard muffin pan. The best part about these little beauties is that the cake batter is extremely forgiving: You can make it up to six hours before you plan to serve the cakes. Fill the pans with batter and refrigerate, but remember to remove the pan far enough in advance of baking to let the batter return to room temperature. Because they bake for only 8 to 10 minutes, pop these little cakes into the oven as you're clearing the main course dishes and making coffee.”

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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  1. Melt butter and chocolate in a medium heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water; remove from heat. Beat eggs, sugar and salt with a hand mixer in a medium bowl until sugar dissolves. Beat egg mixture into chocolate until smooth. Beat in flour or matzo meal until just combined. (Batter can be made a day ahead; return to room temperature an hour or so before baking.)
  2. Before serving dinner, adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 450 degrees. Line a standard-size muffin tin (1/2 cup capacity) with 8 extra-large muffin papers (papers should extend above cups to facilitate removal). Spray muffin papers with vegetable cooking spray. Divide batter among muffin cups.
  3. Bake until batter puffs but center is not set, 8 to 10 minutes. Carefully lift cakes from tin and set on a work surface. Pull papers away from cakes and transfer cakes to dessert plates.
  4. Top each with sugared raspberries and serve immediately.

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I've cooked this twice. First time, I prepared it and then put it in the refrigerator for 3 hours and cooked it after dinner. Second time, I cooked it straight away. It was definitely better the first time (more dense and chocolatey). The second time was too fluffy and dry. I'm guessing the reason was that the eggs had some time to deflate. Next time, I will make it in advance again. Thanks for the great recipe!



Hubby and I travel frequently, several times a month, which means we eat out frequently as well. We've both had our share of Molten Lava Cakes in fine restaurants all over the country. And so you understand the significance then, when hubby said these were as fine as we've had anywhere. But you do get out of these what you put into them, so use good quality chocolate, not chocolate chips--I used Scharffen Berger. Chocolatey rich and delicious, perfectly moist and cakey on the outside, gooey and "molten" on the inside. I made these in 6 oz. buttered ramekins and served with homemade raspberry sauce. A definite make again. BIG pay off for very little effort!

This is, hands down, my favorite dessert. A.k.a. chocolate lava cakes, they can be served with raspberry liqueur drizzled on the plate with a mint garnish or topped with whipped cream. I've put the batter in the freezer and have been able to store for several weeks. (Baking time is increased to 12-15 minutes.) I recommend: 1) replacing the paper muffin cups in muffin pan with ramekins sprayed with oil or cooking spray. (You can turn them over on plate for presentation.) 2) using Ghirardelli or another high quality chocolate

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Amount Per Serving (8 total)

  • Calories
  • 494 cal
  • 25%
  • Fat
  • 34.7 g
  • 53%
  • Carbs
  • 46.4 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 5.7 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 193 mg
  • 64%
  • Sodium
  • 259 mg
  • 10%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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