Molten Chocolate Cake
  • ½ cup butter, cut into pieces
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet or milk chocolate
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated white sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place rack in center of oven.
  2. Generously butter 4 - ¾ cup molds, ramekins, or custard cups and dust the insides with granulated white sugar.
  3. Place the prepared molds on a baking sheet and set aside.
  4. Melt the butter and chocolate in a double boiler over medium heat. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. Beat the egg yolks and ⅓ cup sugar until thick, pale, and fluffy.
  6. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  7. Now, then fold in the melted chocolate mixture.
  8. In a clean bowl whip the egg whites until frothy.
  9. Add the cream of tartar and continue to whip until soft peaks form.
  10. Gradually add the 1 tablespoon of granulated white sugar and whip until stiff peaks form.
  11. With a wire whisk gently fold the beaten whites into the chocolate mixture, just until it is well combined.
  12. Don't over mix or the batter will go flat.
  13. Divide the batter between the prepared cups, filling about ¾ full.
  14. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until the outside edges of the cakes are set but the middle still looks a little wet.
  15. You may have cracks on the top surface of the cakes.Immediately remove from oven and let them rest for a minute or two.
  16. Run a knife around the edge of each cake and then turn it out onto the center of a serving plate. Carefully remove the mold.
  17. Sprinkle the top of each cake with confectioners sugar and serve with Vanilla ice cream.
Recipe by Gracious Rain at