Chocolate fondant on a plate with molten centre oozing out

Easy chocolate molten cakes

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

Makes 6

Bake an impressive dinner party dessert with minimum fuss – these chocolate puddings, also known as chocolate fondant or lava cake, have a lovely gooey centre

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal391
  • fat24g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs36g
  • sugars28g
  • fibre2g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.5g
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Ingredients

  • 100g butter, plus extra to grease
    Butter

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  • 100g dark chocolate, chopped
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  • 150g light brown soft sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 50g plain flour
  • single cream, to serve

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Butter 6 dariole moulds or basins well and place on a baking tray.

  2. Put 100g butter and 100g chopped dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set over a pan of hot water (or alternatively put in the microwave and melt in 30 second bursts on a low setting) and stir until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly for 15 mins.

  3. Using an electric hand whisk, mix in 150g light brown soft sugar, then 3 large eggs, one at a time, followed by ½ tsp vanilla extract and finally 50g plain flour. Divide the mixture among the darioles or basins.

  4. You can now either put the mixture in the fridge, or freezer until you're ready to bake them. Can be cooked straight from frozen for 16 mins, or bake now for 10-12 mins until the tops are firm to the touch but the middles still feel squidgy.

  5. Carefully run a knife around the edge of each pudding, then turn out onto serving plates and serve with single cream.

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Chezzie28
16th Oct, 2016
5.05
A simply recipe but ooh so yummy. First time I have made a melt in middle pudding and they turned out perfect. Definately a recipe to use again
akkshitaj
2nd Aug, 2016
5.05
This has become a family hit! Absolutely delicious. Since I don't have ramekins, I use my muffin tin to bake these beauties and can make 8 of them with this recipe. I cook them for about 4 mins 45-50 seconds to get the perfect oozy centre. Works like a charm each time.
holoro716
17th Jul, 2016
5.05
Really delicious!
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MDugg
1st Jun, 2016
5.05
This would have to be the easiest & yummiest recipe I've ever followed :))
donnerkebab
17th May, 2016
5.05
Really enjoyed. Mine stuck a bit so tricky to get out in 1 piece. Would do again.
maria.vella
8th Nov, 2015
Made this and substituted the sugar with stevia. Turned out quite good but next time i would use semi sweet choc to balance with the stevia.
grimcooking
7th Nov, 2015
5.05
Followed the recipe and it was delicious. Very simple. Baked one ramekin for 12 mins and the second for 14 mins and I think the molten cakes are better cooked for 15 mins so you can get a decent cooked layer and the right consistency for the gooey inside. Tempted to add some form of alcohol, it's that good!
kamylka13
15th Apr, 2015
5.05
Very simple and yummy. Didn't have any ramekins so I used silicone cupcake forms. As I am a total disaster in the kitchen as a precaution I've put a piece of chocolate inside, worked nicely!
Jennal9
8th Aug, 2014
Tried this as a last minute pudding, delicious and so easy to make! Halved the recipe (two eggs) so it was perfect for two and it still worked really well!
missboring
3rd Oct, 2013
I didn't have ramekins so I used mugs like another user did and they turned out so well, a longer cooking time though

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