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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jordanjam
4th Apr, 2013
Could you use the same recipe but put it in a 1 litre oven proof dish instead of 4 smaller ones? only I don;t have any basin or ramekins.
juanitagoudie
13th Jan, 2013
This is by far my favourite kind of pudding and I've always wanted to make it but thought it would way to difficult, so imagine my joy when I stumbled upon this little gem of a recipe! Couldn't be easier and so tasty.
emmaunwin
13th Jan, 2013
Wow! A fantastic recipe... Easy to make and easy to cook too! After 10 mins I could smell hat they were ready and when I served them to my guests they were gorgeously gooey in the middle! Guests were impressed. I will definitely make them again.,
busybee
30th Dec, 2012
It is a wonderful recipe, and tastes quite delicious. So thank you indeed Daisy!
charliefiddian
17th Oct, 2012
This is a great standby pudding using store cupboard ingredients. Worked really well
fiddid
21st Jul, 2012
5.05
Worked perfectly, definitely going to do again as a last-minute luxury pud!
kamyak
7th Apr, 2012
Looks really nice
gracered
8th Nov, 2011
Daisy! I haven't tried it yet but will do! Sounds and looks very nice! x
gracered
8th Nov, 2011
Daisy! I haven't tried it yet but will do! Sounds and looks very nice! x

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