Gooey Chocolate Cakes


Back in June, my sister, Kay, invited me to come cook for a small group of college girlfriends who were staying at her house for a few days. For dessert one evening, I prepared these Gooey Chocolate Cakes I had seen in Dorie Greenspan’s marvelous cookbook, Baking, from my home to yours.  Served with coffee ice cream–they were too delicious and rich for words.

I highly recommend the disposable aluminum foil muffin pans.  They are easier to bend and manipulate to get the cakes out in one piece.  They can be washed and used again and again.  I would also urge you to use the vegetable spray with flour in it.  Although you could use a regular vegetable spray or butter and then coat with flour, it tends to show when you turn the cakes out after baking.  If you must, use cocoa so you won’t see it on the final product.

Gooey Chocolate Cakes
Recipe type: Dessert
Individual chocolate cakes with a gooey chocolate center
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • ¼ t. salt
  • 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, 4 ounces coarsely chopped, 1 ounce very finely chopped, (I like Ghiradelli best and it's readily available)
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Use nonstick spray with flour in it to grease 6 cups of a regular-size muffin pan. Disposable aluminum foil pans work great. Place muffin pan on a baking sheet.
  2. Sift the flour, cocoa and salt together.
  3. Combine coarsely chopped chocolate and the butter in a glass batter bowl. Microwave on MEDIUM for 2 minutes. Stop and stir after one minute.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and yolk until smooth. Add the sugar and whisk until well blended, about 2 minutes. Add the dry ingredients and, still using the whisk, stir (don't beat) them into the eggs. Little by little, and using a light hand, stir in the melted chocolate and butter. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups (makes 6) and sprinkle the finely chopped chocolate over the batter.
  5. Bake the cakes for 10-11 minutes. (See note) Transfer them, still on the baking sheet, to a rack to cool for 3 minutes. (There is no way to test that these cakes are properly baked, because the inside remains liquid.)
  6. Line a cutting board with a silicone baking mat or parchment or wax paper, and, after the 3-minute rest, unmold the cakes onto the board. Use a wide metal spatula to lift the cakes onto dessert plates. Serve immediately.
Dorie suggests baking for13 minutes. In my oven, they need less. You may have to experiment. Baked too long, the cakes will not be gooey. Still delicious, but not gooey. Serve with ice cream, whipped cream or custard sauce. They are also good the next day, especially heated in the microwave for a few seconds.

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Angie July 22, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Thanks for such a nice and easy recipe. Made them the first time and they turned out really gooey and yummy. I used mini muffin cups and was able to get 8 mini cakes. Thank you very much for sharing.


Paula July 22, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Glad to know they turned out for you. I had kinda forgotten about this recipe but it is a goody!


Debbie August 22, 2009 at 8:24 pm

I was lucky and was able to sample these. They are delicious!!


Romaine August 21, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Welcome to my site. Glad to hear you like the lettuce jars. Really helps me eat LOTS more salads when it is so quick and easy to grab a jar and start eating.


Jennine August 21, 2009 at 7:40 am

Mmmm… I’m going to try this one!

And guess what is in my fridge right now! Jars of salad! Brilliant idea and with seven kiddos, my lettuce will never go bad again!

Thank you SO MUCH for the wonderful idea!


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