Half Baked Chocolate Sponge Cake? Molten Chocolate Lava Cake (心太软)



This is a sinful dessert. It is a wicked indulgence.. Frankly speaking, after preparation and photo taking, I am eating the dessert in guilt knowingly what is the composition of the ingredient. However, the taste is awesome as expected, since it basically comprises of chocolate, eggs, butter and a very small amount of flour and even flour can be omitted.


I have purposely quote a rather long paragraph from Wikipedia on this dessert as what is written is interesting and adequately explained what is required for a molten chocolate cake.


“Molten chocolate cake or lava cake is a popular dessert that combines the elements of a flourless chocolate cake (sometimes called a chocolate decadence cake) and a soufflé. Some other names used are chocolate fondant pudding, chocolate moelleux and chocolate lava cake.

The US-based chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten claims to have invented molten chocolate cake in New York City in 1987, but the French chef and chocolatier Jacques Torres has disputed that claim, arguing that such a dish already existed in France. According to Vongerichten, he pulled a chocolate sponge cake from the oven before it was done and found that the center was still runny, but was warm and had both a good taste and a good texture. Regardless of who invented the dish, Vongerichten has been credited with popularizing it in the United States, and it is now almost a de rigueur inclusion on high-end restaurant dessert menus.

Rather than presenting only the cake itself in a ramekin or on a plate, the baker may choose to make the cake more appealing. Fresh raspberries, a drizzling of raspberry and/or chocolate sauce, and dustings of powdered sugar may be added to enhance flavor, or a sprig of mint may look more appealing as well. For a more intense chocolate taste, the baker may also add a tablespoon of strong coffee. “(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molten_chocolate_cake)


To summarize, it is a semi cooked chocolate sponge cake of which the runny interior of chocolate batter is fantastically tasty. It is usually served in ramekins and can be decorated with fresh fruits or ice creams. It can be flourless and flour is optional with 4 main ingredients, eggs, chocolate, sugar and butter.


Preparation of this dessert is very simple, just mixed and baked, can easily get it done with 30 minutes and good to prepare only if your guest has arrived. No complicated gadgets were required. Though simple ingredients  with simple preparation method, this is a very presentable desserts to be served. If you are hard-core chocolate addict, this is for you. I have obtain recipe from Ms. Angela Chia’s blog : Molten Lava Cake. I would like to take this opportunity to thanks her for sharing.


Preparation: 4 small cupcake size molten lava cakes

Recipe adapted from : Molten Lava Cake 心太软熔岩蛋糕


  • 200 grams of baking chocolates
  • 100 grams of butter
  • 20 grams of icing sugar
  • 20 grams of plain flour (optional)
  • 2 eggs



  • Pre-heat the oven to 180 degree Celsius.


  • Place the butter and chocolate in a microwavable bowl. Heat for 1 minute. After 30 seconds, take it out and stir. If by the end of 1 minute and the chocolate have not yet melted, extend for another 30 second. Keep and eye and use a hand whisk to slight to whisk the chocolate butter mixture until well mixed.


  • In a big mixing bowl, beat the egg and icing sugar until well mix. Sift in the flour, stir until well mix. Pour the chocolate mixture into the egg batter and stir until it form a sticky chocolate batter.


  • Transfer the chocolate batter into the baking cups and bake in the pre-heated oven of 180 degree Celsius for 10-12 minutes or when the exterior of the cake is set. Dust with icing sugar if desired. Best served warm with some ice creams or fresh fruits.



Is it as complicated as what it looks? No, it is not. It is a simple but presentable desserts. Don’t worry the fact that it is semi-cooked. Most ingredients are edible even if uncooked. But do not consume too often as it is too high calorific. Maybe you want to give it a go tonight? Once again, thank Ms. Angela Chia for her recipe.


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