Chocolate fondant on a plate with molten centre oozing out

Easy chocolate molten cakes

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(42 ratings)

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
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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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GoJosieJo
30th Aug, 2017
5.05
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?
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rebecca.aziza
2nd Mar, 2017
Wow... Really Yummy. I am fond of Chocolate. I really love it. Delicious
Ceebbee
23rd Dec, 2016
Fantastic recipe. Really quick and easy and then delicious. A real favourite.
MrsRaybosh
6th Dec, 2016
5.05
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!
sandrabowes
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 .
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 :))

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