This has become my go-to recipe for dessert. It’s quick to prepare and requires no exotic ingredients. It scales easily so I can make 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 at a time. I find that it takes 10 minutes to make, ten minutes to bake, ten minutes to cool so from start to service is 30 minutes. If I prep the batter and pan ahead of time, I can have it on the table in less than that. This recipe assumes that you have a kitchen scale. If you don’t, you should get one. It’s a huge time saver.

Molten Chocolate Cakes

Ingredients To make 2 To make 4 To make 6 To make 8 To make 10
Butter (room temperature) 18 gm 37 gm 55 gm 73 gm 92 gm
sugar 25 gm 50 gm 75 gm 100 gm 125 gm
Eggs (room temperature) 1 2 3 4 5
flour 17 gm 33 gm 50 67 83
salt 0.7 1.3 2 3 3
Semi-sweet chocolate 76 gm 151 gm 227 gm 303 gm 378 gm


  1. Heat your oven to 400F (have you used an oven thermometer to check your oven temperature? I did and found that to reach 400F I need to set the temperature control to 430F)
  2. Prepare the pan. I use a muffin pan, but you could use a bunch of ramekins. Butter the muffin pan depressions that you will use then put a teaspoon of sugar into each. Slowly rotate the pan so that the buttered area is coated with sugar. Dump out the extra sugar.
  3. Whisk the butter and sugar together until fluffy.
  4. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time.
  5. Whisk in the flour and salt.
  6. Melt the chocolate, either in the microwave or over a double boiler.
  7. Mix the chocolate into the rest of the batter.
  8. Distribute evenly into your coated muffin pan.
  9. Place muffin pan onto a baking sheet and put into the oven. Bake 10 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes.
  11. Use a thin knife to separate the edges of each cake from the sides of the muffin pan.
  12. Place a tray or plate over the muffin pan and invert to turn cakes onto the plate or tray.
  13. Use a thin spatula to move the cakes to individual plates for service.
  14. Garnish as you wish. Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream are excellent foils to the cake.