Chocolate fondant on a plate with molten centre oozing out

Easy chocolate molten cakes

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(50 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
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  • 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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  • 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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Leon-lewis Clarke's picture
Leon-lewis Clarke
30th Oct, 2019
50g chocolate 50g butter 75g light brown sugar 1 1/2 eggs 1/4 tsp vanilla extract 25g plain flour
24th May, 2018
This is a fantastic recipe! So easy to follow and they turned out perfectly! I added a spoonful of homemade salted caramel sauce to the centre which made it extra delicious :-)'s picture
15th Oct, 2017
Really tasty - I served with vanilla ice cream. I used very bitter chocolate so the amount of sugar was perfect to balance it out. Needs a bit longer - I found in the middle of my oven they were perfect in around 15-20 minutes (depends how gooey you want them to be)
30th Aug, 2017
Amazing dessert my husband rates it as restaurant worthy and I served it at a dinner party and it was a huge success. It makes 6 recycled Gu pot ramekin size portions. I replaced dark chocolate with Morrisons extra Special orange dark chocolate with peel in it's amazing! Try it!
Chelsea Exin
15th May, 2017
Can i replace light soft brown sugar with granulated or caster sugar?
rebecca.aziza's picture
2nd Mar, 2017
Wow... Really Yummy. I am fond of Chocolate. I really love it. Delicious
23rd Dec, 2016
Fantastic recipe. Really quick and easy and then delicious. A real favourite.
6th Dec, 2016
Made this tonight for myself and a friend - used 2 medium eggs and cooked for about 15 mins as someone suggested and they were absolutely delicious! Will definitely make them again!
24th Nov, 2016
Made this for dessert tonight using half quantities but 2 medium eggs , for the 2 of us , was ridiculously easy and absolutely delicious, I used Lindt Absolute 99% cocoa chocolate,and less sugar than the recipe, didn't have any vanilla extract so added 2 teaspoons of Chambord liqueur . Cooked in oven for 10 minutes then left a little longer with the oven off. Will definitely make this again .
16th Oct, 2016
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


1st May, 2015
Hi, Ive just added my personal tip, hope that helps.


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