Chocolate Molten Cakes

October 16th, 2008

Chocolate Molten Cakes from Sugarlaws

I do not share my kitchen well.

If you come to a dinner party of mine early, do not expect to be handed a knife and asked to chop.  You may open a bottle of wine.  You may pick the itunes playlist.  You may, in an emergency, be handed a ten dollar bill and sent out to the nearest grocery store when I realize that I am out of, oh, say, sugar, just as I am about to make dessert (sorry, Kristen).  But as for help in the kitchen?  No thank you.

My mother is more or less the same way.  So when I asked, last Christmas, how to help her in the kitchen, she delegated dessert to me.  With one nonnegotiable caveat: chocolate.

And this was the result (yes, this post is really old — it sat in my drafts box for an embarrassingly long time — but just in time for *this* coming holiday season!).  These are extra molten, easy on the cake, which to me is perfection defined.  Just break the outer layer of cake, and the inside is warm, chocolate molten-ness.  If that’s not dessert heaven, I don’t know what would be.

Chocolate Molten Cakes from Sugarlaws

Chocolate Molten Cakes
Adapted from The Joy of Baking by Julia Child

8 onces semi-sweet chocolate
1/4 cup butter, plus extra for ramekins, softened
3 large eggs
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup sugar, plus extra for ramekins
1 pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp strong black coffee

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter four 3/4 cup ramekins, and dust the insides with sugar. Place the prepared molds on a baking sheet and set aside.
2. On a double-boiler, melt chocolate until smooth, stirring only once the edges of the chocolate pieces start to melt, and as little as possible. Add butter, cream, vanilla, and salt, and whisk until smooth and chocolate cooled.
3. Add egg yolks to chocolate mixture and whisk until incorporated.
4. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites and sugar to form soft peaks. Fold 1/2 the egg whites into the chocolate mixture, and then fold the incorporated mix into the remaining egg whites.
5. Gently pour chocolate batter into ramekins. Bake for 10 minutes, and serve.

Makes four individual cakes.

Tags: desserts · food

22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Katie // Oct 16, 2008 at 7:04 am

    I am exactly the same way in my kitchen.  UNLESS I am faced with a guest who has never done _____ before then I go into Mom mode and it’s all: well today’s the day!

  • 2 Bridget // Oct 16, 2008 at 7:35 am

    Those look so good!  I’m not sure if anything beats molten chocolate cake. 🙂

    I am the same way in the kitchen!

  • 3 Maria // Oct 16, 2008 at 9:01 am

    I am the same way. I just want to have my space in the kitchen, the guests need to get out and enjoy the party!!
    I love individual desserts. These cakes look amazing!

  • 4 adele // Oct 16, 2008 at 9:31 am

    I’m perfectly happy to put my guests to work washing salad or slicing bread, but my current kitchen is tiny enough that all they can do is pour themselves wine and keep me entertained while I get dinner together.

    I’m planning to do dinner with a friend this weekend. We’re going to test out Jean-Georges Vongehreicht’s recipe for molten chocolate cakes. 🙂

  • 5 Kristen // Oct 16, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Happy to run for sugar anytime, as long as it means that I can have extra dessert.

    I love “helping” before your dinner parties by drinking wine and telling gossip.  I’m a real asset in your kitchen 😉

  • 6 Emily // Oct 16, 2008 at 10:30 am

    I can attest to the fact that these were gooey and delicious…and choclatey….I can also attest to the fact that you nor mom share your kitchen well…nevertheless I shall keep trying to infiltrate!!  Thanks for the recipe…can you turn it into a birthday cake?? mon anniversaire is on the horizon!!

  • 7 VeggieGirl // Oct 16, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Haha, I can’t share my kitchen either – it’s MY domain 😉

    Those molten cakes look absolutely luscious and magnificent – yum!!

  • 8 Erin // Oct 16, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    These look delicious!  I love Chocolate Molten Cakes; it’s the perfect chocolate indulgence 🙂

  • 9 zestycook // Oct 16, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Ummmmm Can I have a molten cake – these look amazing!!!  I am so jealous.  Great post!

  • 10 Rita // Oct 16, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    I have never seen molten cakes in a dish, I liked it very much. But where does the coffee go? did I miss it?

  • 11 robin // caviar and codfish // Oct 16, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    I’m exactly the same way.  Sharing the work just makes more work in my opinion – you have to spend so much time giving directions you end up burning the sauce! 😉

    These look too good to be true!!

  • 12 Christie@fig&cherry // Oct 16, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    I’m exactly like that too! Pour me a drink and leave me alone (or hang around and chat)… then just enjoy the food when I’m done! No help, thanks very much.

  • 13 heather // Oct 16, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    i’m the same way with my kitchen!  (and my itunes, so you’re a step ahead of me 😉 ) these look lovely!

  • 14 RecipeGirl // Oct 17, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    I have to laugh because I can’t stand to have people in my kitchen.  In the morning, my son comes wandering into the kitchen and I’m like… ‘just go sit down and mommy will get breakfast ready!’  I like to do it all.  I find that I talk too much and make mistakes when I’m having to twitter over someone else’s shoulder!

    Yummy looking little chocolate cakes, btw!

  • 15 Alana // Oct 19, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Oh god, I can’t even begin to tell you the number of friends I have snapped at for even stepping foot in the kitchen before a dinner party. Sometimes I *might* let people chop some vegetable or make a salad but only if they’re a friend I have cooked with before and would trust absolutely not to mess anything up.

    Also, chocolate molten cakes are my favorite dessert. Yum!

  • 16 Marc @ NoRecipes // Oct 19, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Better late than never:-) I have a whole backlog of unposted stuff too. These look great!

  • 17 Alejandra // Oct 22, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    I was just about to comment on the chowder recipe when i scrolled down and saw this. Suddenly it was all “Forget chowder! I MUST have this!” These look gooey and amazing and I cannot WAIT to try them out.

    BTW, I am terrible with some posts. It’s odd…i’m never sure why some posts practically get posted while I’m still eating whatever it is while other languish for ages. It took me a month to post my pumpkin challah recipe…although a year is pretty awesome. i guess it just needs to be the right time and this looks like it definitely came at the right time!

  • 18 Mansi // Nov 7, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    wow, those look sinfully good! and yes, I don’t share my kitchen too! worst case I’ll ask people to get something cooked from home, but no helping inside my kitchen:)D

  • 19 James // Mar 4, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    When do you add the coffee?

    Is it on the ingredients list for s**ts and giggles?

  • 20 Jen // Feb 11, 2010 at 6:05 am

    I made these the other night for a bit of week night decadence and OMG! They’re so delicious. When warm, it was so much lighter than I expected it to be. We had two left over, so we put them in the fridge for the next night and they became dense and rich. What a treat!

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