Mini Chocolate Lava Cake

From Jean-Georges and Bittman’s “Warm, Soft Chocolate Cake


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, plus more to butter the molds
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, best you can find, preferably Valrhona
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons flour, plus more for dusting


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C). (Unless you are refrigerating the batter, see step 7)
  2. Butter and lightly flour four 4-ounce molds, custard cups, or ramekins. Tap out the excess flour, then butter and flour them again. Set aside.
  3. In the top of a double boiler set over simmering water, heat the butter and chocolate together until the chocolate is almost completely melted.
  4. While that’s heating, beat together the eggs, yolks, and sugar with a whisk or electric beater until light and thick.
  5. Beat together the melted chocolate and butter; it should be quite warm.
  6. Pour in the egg mixture while beating to prevent the eggs from curdling
  7. Then quickly beat in the flour, just until combined.
  8. Divide the batter among the molds. (At this point you can refrigerate the desserts until you are ready to eat, for up to several hours; bring them back to room temperature before baking.)
  9. Bake the molds on a tray for 7 to 8 minutes; the center will still be quite soft, but the sides will be set. (So don’t over bake!)
  10. Invert each mold onto a plate and let sit for about 10 seconds.
  11. Unmold by lifting up one corner of the mold; the cake will fall out onto the plate.
  12. Serve immediately.

Serves four.


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