Nothing says romance like chocolate, so if you’re having dinner à deux, these delectable cakes, with their molten centres, are the perfect dessert. Best of all, you can prepare the batter ahead of time. (See Tips)
Preparation 30 mins
Cooking 13 mins
- Unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting
- 2 oz chopped semi-sweet chocolate or 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
- 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
- Icing sugar for dusting (optional)
- Whipped cream and fresh berries for serving
- Preheat the oven to 400F. Generously butter two 3/4-cup ramekins, then dust the base and sides of each with cocoa powder. Set aside.
- In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate and butter together, stirring occasionally until completely smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl and using an electric mixer, beat the egg on medium speed until foamy.
- Add the sugar and salt. Beat on high speed until the mixture is pale yellow and very thick, 5 to 10 minutes.
- Add the egg mixture to the melted chocolate mixture. Sift the flour into the chocolate mixture, then, using a spatula, gently fold the ingredients until just combined.
- Divide the batter between the prepared ramekins, smoothing the tops as best you can. Place the ramekins on a small trimmed baking sheet and bake until the cakes have puffed up slightly but still jiggle in the centre when the ramekins are shaken gently, 10 to 13 minutes.
- Immediately run a knife around the edge of each cake. Invert the ramekins onto serving plates and let them sit for about 1 minute to allow the cakes to release, then lift the ramekins off the cakes. Dust the cakes with icing sugar (if using) and serve immediately with whipped cream and fresh berries.
- You can prep the batter for these dainty cakes up to 2 days ahead. Divide the batter between the ramekins. Cover them tightly with plastic wrap, then refrigerate for up to 2 days. Bring them to room temperature before baking.