recipe: chocolate sea salt molten cakes

January 12th, 2011

I am obsessed with these cakes. 

In fact, when I posted a preview picture to Twitter yesterday, my hashtag was #thebestthingihaveevermade.

And I wasn’t even exaggerating.  Not one bit.

Three of our good friends have birthdays really close to each other (including my fabulous sometimes-photographer, Kristen), and they always throw a joint party, right after the holidays in January.  I volunteered to bring some goodies, so I had to come up with something seriously delicious. 

And…. yowza.  I’ve solidly decided to cover every dessert I make from now on with a light dusting of sea salt.  Something about that little bit of saltiness is so incredibly delicious in a dessert, and pair it with a super-rich, melted chocolate layer, and you’ve just created something that borders on perfection.  I was happy that I’d already volunteered these for the party, because I would have totally blown that New Year’s resolution of not eating entire batches of dessert.  Instead, I ate a very reasonable… um… three. 

And they were delicious.

Chocolate Sea Salt Molten Cakes

9 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
6 tbsp butter, softened
3 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp Kahlua
1/8 tsp sea salt, plus additional for the tops of the cakes


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter two six-muffin tins, and dust the insides with sugar. 

On a double-boiler, melt chocolate until smooth, stirring to ensure everything melts.  Set aside to cool. 

In a separate bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, vanilla, salt, and Kahlua.  Add the eggs, one at a time, until all of them are incorporated.  Beat in the chocolate and flour and pour the batter into the muffin tins, about 3/4 full.  Sprinkle sea salt over the tops of the muffins.  Bake for 9-10 minutes, allow to cool, and turn cakes out onto serving plates.  Serve. 

Makes twelve mini cakes.

Tags: desserts · food

44 responses so far ↓

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  • 2 Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries // Jan 12, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Cannot wait to move into my new flat and finally start baking again! 🙂

  • 3 Jane // Jan 12, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Oh gosh, these look so good! I’ll definitely be making them sometime. I keep hearing about the way salt complements chocolate really well, but I’ve yet to try it!

  • 4 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic // Jan 12, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I’m totally making these for MY birthday 😉 I also love sea salt with chocolate – ever had the Lindt dark chocolate bar with sea salt on top??

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  • 6 Carly // Jan 12, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Ok, so to be totally honest, I really don’t cook or bake for that matter. Doubt I will ever really make these. BUT my mom and sister are master bakers and I am copying down the recipe for them to try…I am certifiable for sea salt.  Like legit crazy for it.  If I could carry a bag around in my pocket and sprinkle on everything, without looking like a total nut, I would.

  • 7 Closet Fashionista // Jan 12, 2011 at 8:40 am

    MMM!!! I’m going to have to make those, hahha 😀 😀

  • 8 VeggieGirl // Jan 12, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Katy, these cakes look DIVINE!

  • 9 Sara // Jan 12, 2011 at 11:05 am

    These look so easy to make! And food with “molten” in the title has to be amazing. I have a hard time looking away from these pictures of cake…even with American Apparel advertising from-the-back pictures of their “TANK THONGS” in your sidebar 😉

    Salty and chocolate is a fabulous combo I’ve only recently discovered. I have a recipe where you smother graham crackers with butter, sugar and pecans and let them caramelize in the oven. Then you cover with melted chocolate and sprinkle with sea salt. Delish!!

  • 10 Joanne // Jan 12, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Sea salt does have a way of making everything better.  At least dessert-wise.  Especially if you’re a sweet/salty girl to begin with.  These look amazingly decadent!

  • 11 Kristen // Jan 12, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    As the birthday girl in question, I can attest that these were amazing.  Truly delicious.  Sea salt with chocolate is my new favorite combination.  Thanks, Katy!!!!

  • 12 Rachel // Jan 12, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I can’t wait to make these! (And then eat 12…)

  • 13 Nicolette // Jan 12, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Seriously! You’re torturing me… I may have to try these this weekend. Great food photography. Did you see our cute Blog Couture collage on Gypsy*Diaries?!


  • 14 pha // Jan 12, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

  • 15 Robyn // Jan 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Hi the cakes look amazing. I was wondering if you think I could make them in a regular sized muffin tin. I don’t have the 6 count type and would love to try this, thanks:)

  • 16 Amrita // Jan 13, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    I’m such a sucker for molten cakes….though only when it comes to eating one. Ask me to bake one and I’ll literally run and hide and blame it all on how I can never (I mean NEVER) get the centres to stay gooey and oozy!

    Yours look awesome!

  • 17 admin // Jan 13, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    You could definitely use a regular size muffin tin!  I didn’t realize mine weren’t regular size, actually.  Mine has six cups for regular-sized muffins, I assume the ones you’re talking about have 12?

    Thanks so much for the comments, everyone — keep me posted if you make them!

  • 18 admin // Jan 13, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Amrita — Refrigeration is basically death for those oozey gooey centers.  I stored mine on the countertop until they were ready to leave for the party, and they were still gooey several hours later!

  • 19 Robyn // Jan 13, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Thanks, I will try them soon:)

  • 20 Pearl (Crunch and Chew) // Jan 14, 2011 at 1:57 am

    Straight on my to-bake list!

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  • 22 Peggy // Jan 14, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Wow.  These look amazing!  I love the contrast of the chocolate with sea salt… and I will definitely be trying these out!

  • 23 tanya // Jan 14, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    again Y z named sea salt

  • 24 tanya // Jan 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    mmm really nice pics
    what kind of camera did u use??

  • 25 Jen // Jan 14, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Sooo yummy some friends and I made them last night! The salt really brings out a different dimension of chocolate flavor.

  • 26 Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen // Jan 15, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    This looks incredible! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  • 28 Rach // Jan 17, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Thanks for the recipe!  I totally made these on the weekend and they were divine!  They even worked out great gluten free 🙂

  • 29 Rosemaryandthegoat // Jan 23, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    You called these “mini” but you did not mean mini muffin tins did you.  I’m making mine in jumbo pans and will adjust the time. I think muffin top pans would work great for these, I just don’t have any.

  • 30 Katy // Jan 24, 2011 at 12:18 am

    I used regular sizes muffin tins, not mini ones!  I just called them mini in comparison to full cakes.  🙂 hope this helps!

  • 31 Alexandra // Jan 26, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    First off I love your blog.

    I am going to make these for my friend’s surprise birthday party this weekend in DC.

    I have one quick question. You say to butter and sugar the muffin tins. Do you mean powdered sugar or granulated sugar?

  • 32 admin // Jan 26, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Granulated — good luck!!!

  • 33 admin // Jan 26, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    (and thank you!)

  • 34 Alexandra // Jan 29, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Thank you for the clarification. I’ll let you know how they turn out! I ma expecting them to be a hit.

  • 35 :) // Jan 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    I made these today in a heart shaped muffin baking tin and they ended up so amazing! thank you for the recipe, its perfect for a present 🙂

  • 36 Hannah // Feb 3, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    These were fabulous – I made them for a friend’s birthday to go with mint-chocolate chip ice cream, and they were a hit with everyone. I substituted decaf instant coffee for the Kahlua and left out the salt (not sure how it would go with the mint ice cream), and they were absolutely delicious.

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