Chocolate fondant on a plate with molten centre oozing out

Easy chocolate molten cakes

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(37 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



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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


  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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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
2nd Aug, 2016
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.
17th Jul, 2016
Really delicious!
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1st Jun, 2016
This would have to be the easiest & yummiest recipe I've ever followed :))
17th May, 2016
Really enjoyed. Mine stuck a bit so tricky to get out in 1 piece. Would do again.
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.
7th Nov, 2015
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!


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