Molten Chocolate Cake

Oh, how I love molten chocolate cake!!

These little cakes are so rich and soooooo delicious! They are one of my go-to recipes when I need a “fancy” dessert because they never fail to impress. I even made these molten chocolate cakes for dessert the first time I cooked for my husband.

They’re also really easy to make, and they can be made ahead of time and then just popped into the oven when it’s time for dessert, which is perfect for times when you’re entertaining.


  • 4 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (plus more for dusting)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks from large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Grease 4 ramekins.
  2. In a large, microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate and butter on high for 1 minute, or until butter has melted.
  3. Whisk together butter and chocolate until chocolate has melted and is incorporated.
  4. Add the powdered sugar, and whisk until combined.
  5. Whisk in the eggs, yolks, and vanilla until well-combined.
  6. Add flour, and whisk until just combined.
  7. Pour batter into prepared ramekins.
  8. Set ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet.
  9. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until the edges are firm but the center is still soft.
  10. Let the cakes stand for 1 minute.
  11. Run a thin knife around the edge to loosen cakes, and invert onto plate.
  12. Dust with additional powdered sugar, and serve warm.
  13. To make ahead, make through step 7. Then, cover ramekin with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
  14. To bake, set out ramekins while you preheat the oven. Bake as directed.


PREP TIME : 10 minutes
COOK TIME : 13 minutes
TOTAL TIME : 23 minutes