Molten Chocolate Cakes

Molten Chocolate Cakes

by Chef George Duran


Servings 12 cakes

Active Time:

~20 min

Total Time:

~25 min

About this Recipe

Chocolate lovers rejoice! Chef George Duran created his version of this trendy dessert to satisfy the most discerning palates. Sure, it’s decadent, but with only 6 ingredients it couldn’t be easier to prepare. This recipe makes about 12 individual cakes (or 3 full batches). The batter can be refrigerated for several hours, but we recommend baking all the cakes the same day. Note that the center of each cake is supposed to be slightly runny. These are great served with whipped cream, ice cream or your favorite toasted nuts.


  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 stick (¼ lb) unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, for serving

From Your Pantry

kosher salt

cooking spray or softened butter


Brava egg tray

mixing bowls

stand mixer (optional)


double boiler

Nutrition Information

Allergens: Soy, Milk, Eggs, Wheat (Gluten)


  • Chef's Picks
  • Sweets
  • Vegetarian
  • Kid Friendly
  • American
  • Bread
  • Eggs
  • Egg Tray
  • French
  • Serves 4
  • Weekend
  • Weeknight
  • Year Round

  1. 1

    Prep batter

    • In a double boiler, over simmering water, melt chocolate chips and butter.
    • Remove from heat and add vanilla, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt and sugar; whisk well.
    • Add egg yolks, one at a time, whisking well after each addition.
    • Add flour; whisk well. Mixture will be grainy.

  2. 2

    Beat egg whites and finish batter

    • In medium bowl (or stand mixer) whisk egg whites and a pinch of kosher salt until stiff peaks form.
    • Fold about a quarter of egg whites into chocolate mixture to lighten batter.
    • Fold remaining egg whites into chocolate mixture.

  3. 3

    Bake cakes

    • Lightly spray wells of Brava egg tray with nonstick cooking spray.
    • Ladle about ½ cup batter into each well.
    • Slide egg tray into top shelf.
    • Select “Molten Chocolate Cakes” on touchscreen and follow instructions.

  4. 4


    • When your food is done, carefully remove egg tray and rest for 2 minutes.
    • After 2 minutes, using a spoon, gently scoop out cakes and transfer to individual plates.
    • Serve with whipped cream, vanilla ice cream or other favorite toppings.
    • Remaining batter may be kept refrigerated for a few hours.