Molten Chocolate Cakes

Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 12 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 6 servings


Enjoy these delicious molten cakes with a deep, rich chocolate center. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or add a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream for a truly elegant dessert.


  • 2 tablespoons plus 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, divided
  • 2 bars (8 oz.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Dark Chocolate Baking Bar, broken into pieces
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • Powdered sugar


PREHEAT oven to 425° F. Generously butter six 6-ounce ramekins or custard cups with two tablespoons butter.

STIR 3/4 cup butter and chocolate in medium, heavy-duty saucepan over low heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. Beat eggs, egg yolks, sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until thick and pale yellow, about 8 minutes. Fold 1/3 of chocolate mixture into egg mixture. Fold in remaining chocolate mixture and flour until well blended. Divide batter evenly among prepared ramekins. Place on baking sheet.

BAKE for 12 to 13 minutes or until sides are set and 1-inch centers move slightly when shaken. Remove from oven to wire rack.

TO SERVE, run a thin knife around top edge of cakes to loosen slightly; carefully invert onto serving plates. Lift ramekins off of cakes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve immediately.

Easy cocolate fix

by J. JUDY , Williamsburg, IA on Mar. 2010

Grand kids just loved this. I let them help. They enjoyed liking their fingers when it was done.

Easy and Fun

by p. pat , Plano, TX on Mar. 2010

This is an easy way to bake and present without any hastle. Really yummy.

Pretty good

by C. Chrissy , Littleton, CO on Feb. 2010

I thought these were good. However, I couldn't get the middle to ooze out. It was softer and more fluid but not like the picture. It could have been user error. I am going to try another recipe to compare. However, I did notice that if you fridge these and pop in the microwave for 30 seconds or so they taste the same!


by E. Esti , Cedarhurst, NY on Feb. 2010

We liked the taste of this. My children are always fighting to lick the batter when I bake. This time there was enough to go around so that everyone was satisfied.

Molten Chocolate Cakes Rock!

by D. Debbie , Minneapolis, MN on Aug. 2009

Really simple to make if you pay attention to the details, and just take your time. Nice presentation. Well worth the effort, and was delicious!

Excellent taste but middle was cooked

by T. THERESA , SPRING, TX on May. 2009

Probably my fault or my oven's fault but we were really looking forward to having the molten middle come out when we cut into it but it was baked all the way through. I followed the recipe exactly. The taste was excellent and I will try it again soon to see if it was the oven's fault.

Molten Chocolate Cakes

by h. holly , Lemon Grove, CA on Apr. 2009

I have a recipe simular to this. Can put in fridge 2hr before baking. When bake, add a minute or two to baking time. Also, can "reheat" in microwave, still takes GOOD!


by E. Elle , Richmond, VA on Feb. 2009

I must have done something wrong! I followed the recipe to a 'T' but there was no molten middle and the cake part had an odd consistency... Maybe I should give it another go based on other reviews but so far, two thumbs down :(

Soooo Good!!!!!

by L. Lynn , on Jan. 2009

I made these for the Holidays and everyone loved them ,they were so easy to make , they thought I was in the kitchen all day

Molten Chocolate Cakes

by D. Debbie , Fairbanks, AK on Jan. 2009

This is a fantastic recipe! I needed to make a chocolate birthday cake for my husband in a hurry and this recipe was so easy and delicious! Since there were only the two of us, I halved the recipe using two eggs and one egg yolk. I poured the batter into 4 small custard cups and baked them for 12 minutes and almost burnt them. I would only bake them 10 or 11 minutes if I used the smaller custard cups again. We ate the two leftover ones the next day cold and they were delicious that way too!