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Today’s post is going to be a short one. I’ve been debating about whether or not to even post this dessert – bad photo or not. There are about a million recipes out there for molten chocolate cakes, and they are probably all equally good. But just in case you haven’t had a chance to make one yet, here’s another wonderful recipe!

I actually made these for dessert on Valentine’s Day. It was dark out, and when you are wanting to eat, not wanting to ruin a nice dinner by having to stop and take time out of your dinner to take pictures, this is what happens to the photo. But we did enjoy the cakes, and the dinner for that matter!!

Molten Chocolate Cakes
adapted from Take Home Chef

1 cup plus 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
Unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting
8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
4 large eggs
4 large egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup all purpose flour, sifted

Preheat oven to 400F. Coat six 3-inch deep x 2 1/2 inch wide molds or six 3/4 cup ovenproof custard cups with 1 tablespoon butter. Dust the molds with cocoa powder, rolling each mold around to cover the sides and bottoms well and tapping out any excess cocoa.

Stir the chocolate and remaining butter in a heavy medium saucepan over low heat until smooth. Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs, egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl until pale and doubled in volume. This will take 3 to 5 minutes.

Fold in the melted chocolate mixture. Add the flour and whisk until smooth. Pour into the prepared molds, dividing equally. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until slightly puffed and just set around the sides (a toothpick inserted in the middle should come out with batter attached). Let the cakes rest for 3 to 4 minutes.

To serve: Run a small sharp knife around the sides of the molds to loosen the cakes. Place a baking sheet over the pan or a plate over each cake. Holding the baking sheet or plate and mold together, invert the cakes onto the baking sheet or plates, giving a sharp little shake to loosen. The cakes will slide out onto the baking sheet or plates. Serve with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, or ice cream.

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26 Responses to Bad Photo Sunday – Molten Chocolate Cakes

  1. Happy cook says:

    Well the cake looks DELICIOUS to me.
    I have never made them but my daughter has been going on asking me to make one

  2. Megan says:

    These little cakes are so impressive and they are so easy. My favorite cake for sure! I make a spiced version from McCormick but I’ll have to try these.

  3. noble pig says:

    I love Molten cakes, there is just something about chocolate ooze that gets me going!

  4. glamah16 says:

    Who cares what the photos look like. Its MOlten Chocolate cake! How can it go wrong?

  5. Patsyk says:

    My husband just walked by as I was looking at this post and he said that looks good!

    ps… you’ve been tagged.

  6. Gretchen Noelle says:

    Mmmmm! These look delicious!

  7. Tara says:

    I love the idea of bad photo sundays! I just might have to borrow (steal) that idea for my blog. There are times when you just want to eat and don’t have the time or energy to take a good photo! But that looks like a delicious dessert… 🙂

  8. KJ says:

    I love molten chocolate cake. They are so impressive and delicious.

  9. Grace says:

    no photo of oozing chocolate could ever be considered bad in my book. deeeelicious!

  10. Dhanggit says:

    good or bad photo.. i do believe that anything that comes out from your kitchen is heavenly delicious 🙂

  11. chriesi says:

    Mmm that is delicious!

  12. Elle says:

    The cake looks great! And you know what, a lot of recipes floating around or not, I have *always* wanted to make these. The idea of cutting into a small chocolate cake with chocolate lava inside is heaven!

  13. Kristen says:

    Your so called “bad photo” has me licking the screen!

  14. Emiline says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    I love molten chocolate cake.

  15. Mary says:

    I don’t think your cake is such a bad photo. It makes me want to lick the screen anyway.

  16. Brilynn says:

    You really can’t go wrong with a molten chocolate cake, it’s bound to be delicious!

  17. Kevin says:

    That looks good! I have been wanting to try making molten chocolate cakes for a while now.

  18. bakingblonde says:

    Oh, those look so perfect with a big old scoop of icecream!!

  19. giz says:

    It really doesn’t matter how many different recipes there are out there, molten cake always gets a smile and a wow!!!

  20. linda says:

    This is my favorite dessert when dining out 🙂 Yours looks delicious!

  21. Patricia Scarpin says:

    A recipe made by you adapted from a recipe by Curtis Stone?? I’m in, Deb!

  22. Elizabeth says:

    Bad photo? Can chocolate take a bad picture? LOL! Great recipes lately.Elizabeth “MommyChef”

  23. PheMom says:

    They sure are tasty though! I had better luck with the Gooey Chocolate Cake recipe in Baking From My Home to Yours though. I made them for my birthday (and I’ve pretty much thought of them every day since – almost 2 months ago). Love it!

  24. Elle says:

    Yummy! Never made molten chocolate cakes…yet…but yours looks so good that might change 🙂 I think that the photo captures that gooey warm goodness perfectly.

  25. Ruth Elkin says:

    I haven’t had the chance to make these yet actually but they’re moving up my to do list now!!! they look delish!

  26. jessica says:

    I made these and they were amazing! I will be using this recipe from now on. I have a hard time being patient… I want to devour these as soon as they come out of the oven.

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