Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

Valentines Day is next week, and if you are like me you probably have dessert on your mind. Something chocolatey and scores well in the 'wow' and romantic category. So imagine a mint-chocolate river oozing from the cratered precipice of a piping hot buttery molten lava cake, creating a warm rolling lusciousness on your tongue. Sounds good doesn't it? And it is. This version of molten lava cake is unique and special for the mint fudge sauce that is spooned over providing a cool menthe contrast to a rich and creamy chocolate cake.

Even better is that this recipe is very simple to make and very forgiving of mistakes. The best part is that the batter can be whipped up and refrigerated the night before, leaving ample time to focus on that special dinner, and not to mention that special someone.

Molten Chocolate Cakes with Mint Fudge Sauce
From Bon Appétit, January 2001
Mint Fudge Sauce
  • 4 1/2 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  1. Stir both chocolates in top of double boiler over barely simmering water until melted. 
  2. Add 1/3 cup hot water, corn syrup and extract; whisk until smooth. Remove from over water. Cool slightly. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover; chill. Before serving, rewarm in saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly.)

Molten Cakes (makes 6 cakes)
  • 5 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Butter six 3/4-cup soufflĂ© dishes or custard cups. 
  2. Stir chocolate and butter in heavy medium saucepan over low heat until melted. Cool slightly.
  3. Whisk eggs and egg yolks in large bowl to blend. Whisk in sugar, then chocolate mixture and flour. Pour batter into dishes, dividing equally. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill.)
  4. Bake cakes until sides are set but center remains soft and runny, about 11 minutes or up to 14 minutes for batter that was refrigerated. Run small knife around cakes to loosen. Immediately turn cakes out onto plates. Spoon sauce around cakes. 


El said...

You can't go wrong with chocolate but when you add mint it's unbelievable. What a great idea. It looks divine!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

I don't even like chocolate molten lava cake and this looks awesome!

tasteofbeirut said...

I have been in love with the chocolate cakes ever since I tasted one in Paris about 20 years ago; great recipe and thanks!

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Every time I see these beauties I tell myself I'm going to give them a try. Hasn't happened yet. Maybe this Valentine's day will be the magic day.

Stunning photo of the cake with the mint leaves Christine.

Belinda @zomppa said...

Was this for me??????? Heavens.

Simply Life said...

oh wow! those photos are incredible and this looks like an unbeatable dessert!

Kay @ The Church Cook said...

Good heavens! Christine, this looks wonderful! The only thing it is missing is a photo of Alex eating it. :) Big hugs to our boy!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I think I'm in LOVE! Especially the mint fudge sauce!

Asha @ FSK said...

YUmm! I love the first photo of oozing chocolate!

nancy at good food matters said...

Hi Christine, Your chocolate desserts are always the most tantalizing--best looking Molten Lava cake I've seen!

Kitchen Butterfly said...

This is on my bucket list to make - it looks so good......

Claudia said...

Hello Chocolate! My Goodness, that sings!

Megan said...

Mint chocolate... mmm. Takes this up quite a notch from the typical molten chocolate cake!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Mint just makes chocolate twice as good! This does sound like a wonderfully delicious recipe and how perfect for a special someone for VDay!

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

A rich chocolate dessert is a must have on Valentine' Day. And the touch of mint makes it extra special. A lovely finish to a holiday meal, Christine.

La Table De Nana said...

They look perfect! The first ones I made were Susan's recipe:)

sally said...

Love the combination of mint and chocolate! It seems especially good for a molten chocolate cake.

Gloria said...

look amazing and delicious Christine!!

Reeni said...

So sinfully delicious! And gorgeous too. Love that mint sauce!

Julia @The Roasted Root said...

I think you took molten chocolate cake to a new level...yours is very molten-ey! I have been waiting to get a visual of a chocolate recipe where the chocolate is oozing out like this! I want all six of the cakes!

Victoria said...

There are few things more decadent than a molten chocolate cake. This looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing (even if I read it AFTER Valentine's Day, haha).

Magic of Spice said...

Mint and chocolate in my favorite this!
Hope you had a lovely valentines :)

Milena Andrade said...

hello, this recipe is delicious, I loved your blog
I will visit more often! kisses.