Chocolate fondant on a plate with molten centre oozing out

Easy chocolate molten cakes

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(54 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins


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


  • 100g butter, plus extra to grease



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 100g dark chocolate, chopped
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    Dark chocolate

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


  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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Lucie.I's picture
18th Apr, 2020
These are really nice and tasty cakes. I made them for my family in a small muffin tray; the first time I got 8. The second time I got 12. I would really recommend them!
22nd Mar, 2020
Where does it say mix chocolate mix to eggs & sugar?
Elliot Eserin
14th Jun, 2020
People seem to miss this. Part 3 states to "mix in". This means "mix into the chocolate mix" the sugar, etc.
23rd Feb, 2020
This is the go to for chocolate puddings - never goes wrong and is delicious every time - would recommend!
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Andrea Kachorroski
3rd Aug, 2019
I liked it. Lucky I'm a baker as there's no instructions of what to do with the chocolate mix. The family loved it,
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Sadie Davies
22nd Feb, 2020
when do we need to add the chocolate sauce as i'm a student and want to make this for my exam
cjfza's picture
16th Apr, 2020
sorry im so late, but you should fold the chocolate mixture into the eggs relatively gently with the flour too *and enjoy lockdown! guessing the exam was postponed?
14th May, 2019
I rated this recipe 5*, however on their own these were a bit too sweet for my taste - I used 85% cocoa dark chocolate. However served with whipped cream - unsweetened - to balance out the sweetness- they are just perfect! So single cream or whipped cream or something similar is a must here, not an option.
2nd Sep, 2018
Brilliant recipe! Even I didn't mess it up. I divided it for 2 people but next time I'll make all 6 and freeze some
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Yasmin Iqbal
6th Oct, 2018
What measurements did you use for just 2 people?


Pandamil's picture
26th May, 2020
Does it look like the photo
Lucie.I's picture
6th Apr, 2020
Hello, I just wanted to ask (maybe I missed the answer to this question on the recipe) how do I make this cake in the shape that is in the photo?
Esther_Deputyfoodeditor's picture
7th Apr, 2020
Hello! Esther from the food team here. If you use dariole moulds the pudding will come out in that shape once turned out. thanks for your question!
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Siya Donde
22nd Dec, 2018
Hi, I made the cake but a crust was formed on the top ( like a brownie), any idea why would that have happened? And hot ot prwevnt that?
Pandamil's picture
26th May, 2020
Hot oven
4th Mar, 2018
Can this batter be made and refrigerated in an air tight container, and for how long?
Chelsea Exin
16th May, 2017
Hi, can I replace with granulated sugar?
Chelsea Exin
15th May, 2017
Can i replace light soft brown sugar with granulated or caster sugar?
31st Aug, 2013
Hmmm ok so I did this and it was really tasty, but the middle wasn't melting and gooey. It was just chocolate cake. What did I do wrong?
17th Jul, 2016
I think you've cooked it for too long or set a high temperature .


18th Jul, 2015
Very easy recipe to do. I found I needed to cook it a little longer than the suggested 10 - 12 minutes. Don't worry about it being overcooked on the inside if you cook it longer, mine was still beautifully gooey after about 16 minutes
1st May, 2015
Follow the instructions to the letter (although I note the recipe does miss out on adding the chocolate sauce), remember to think undercooking rather than cooking (does that make sense?) You are looking to bake the outside only a little and let the middle not bake. When you take the puddings out the heat will contiue to cook them. If they burst, so what....he idea is to get a chocolate sauce and bit of sponge and the mess can easily be hidden with ice cream to make it look like you meant it that way......If you don't have the confidence to tip them out, serve them straight from the ramakins. Ive cooked these so many times and only had a few failures in the beginning, they never fail to impress and above all they taste great!
14th Feb, 2016
Sorry but what do you mean by the recipe missing out on adding the chocolate sauce? That does not make sense.
Ice_Fox's picture
15th Feb, 2020
In the recipe it tells you to make the chocolate sauce (Step 2), then it tells you to make the cakes (Step 3) but doesn’t tell you to add the sauce. The next step (Step 4) then tells you to bake it and Step 5 is how to serve it. It doesn’t say what to do with the sauce.
Ice_Fox's picture
15th Feb, 2020
I watched a video on a similar recipe and they added the chocolate sauce into the cake mix (which formed a crust around the gooey centre when baked) Recipe here:
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