Molten Chocolate Babycakes

Whenever I’m craving chocolate, I never want just a plain bar of chocolate, I want something baked, warm and gooey. Flipping the ‘Chocolate Chapter’ from Nigella Lawson’s cookbook ‘Domestic Goddess’ I quickly settled upon these molten chocolate babycakes. These are everything a chocolate-lover dreams about; they’re sweet, indulgent, and full-on chocolate! You essentially bake a pool of melted chocolate in a ramekin and then flip them upside down when they’re done. This might seem a bit scary, buy you’ll feel so accomplished when you tap the babycakes out of their custard cups successfully! How could I not rate them 5 out of 5?

Molten Chocolate Babycakes recipe: Nigella Lawson - How To Be A Domestic Goddess

Ingredients: Serves 6
- Scant ¼ cup soft unsalted butter, plus more for greasing (50g)
- 12 ounces best bittersweet chocolate (350g)
- ½ cup sugar (150g)
- 4 large eggs, beaten with a pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup all-purpose flour (50g)
- 6 individual 6-ounce custard cups

- Unless you are making these up in advance, preheat the oven to 400ºF (200ºC), putting in a baking sheet at the same time. Lay 3 of the moulds on a sheet of doubled baking parchment. Draw round them, remove, and then cut out the discs as marked. Press them all into the base of the cups.
- Melt the chocolate and let it cool slightly. Cream together the butter and sugar, and gradually beat in the eggs and salt, then the vanilla. Now add the flour, and when all is smoothly combined scrape in the cooled chocolate, blending it to a smooth batter.
- Divide the batter between the 6 custard cups, quickly whip the baking sheet out of the oven, arrange the little tins on it and replace in the oven. Cook for 10–12 minutes (the extra 2 minutes will be needed if the puddings are fridge-cold when you start) and as soon as you take them out of the oven, tip out these luscious babycakes onto small plates or shallow bowls. Serve these with whipped double cream, the same unwhipped in a jug, crème fraîche, crème anglaise or ice cream.

In a lot of ways, this recipe resembles Nigella's Chocohotopots turned upside down.

These are a spectacular ending to a fancy dinner party. It looks really difficult
to get the babycakes out of their custard cups, but it’s mercifully easy.

These chic cakes will satisfy anyone in your company. They have that ooey,
gooey chocolate intensity that dreams are made of.


Lilacandgrey said…
I think my husband would DIE for this! gotta make it for him :)
Lucie said…
Mmmm! Which chocolate did you use for this?
~*~ saskia ~*~ said…
Wat ziet je blog er prachtig uit Watertandend.....zit ik hier achter mijn laptop!
Een gezellig weekend!!
Chele said…
These are the best. Just can't beat thre combo of lava like molten chocolate and a chocolate sponge too!
I will definitely have to try these ... how delicious looking! Thanks for sharing --
Moon said…
It's really weird: I don't have the chocolate-love that most women have, but when I see something like this: I just HAVE to make it! I'll find someone else to eat it for me :)

Btw: are you supposed to serve these hot or cooled?
Paris Pastry said…
@Lucie: a Dutch brand of chocolate. One of my favorites. Though I just purchased some Valrhona chocolate! Can't wait to try it!

@Moon: You can serve them either way, but I like them warm.
Lot-O-Choc said…
Oooh i love making molten chocolate cakes they are so much fun :D yours look so so good! Yummy!
This is just like these lava cakes I buy. They are seriously my favorite dessert ever! These here look wonderful! I wish I could try :)
Love love love these! This is one of my favorite desserts to order in a restaurant. Thanks for sharing your recipe xo
Hetty Summers said…
You have such a yummy blog.

Unknown said…
These have been on my radar for some time now but I've always told myself they looked too difficult. Thanks for the reassurance that they are easy.
Delishhh said…
Hi, i just came across your blog and it is wonderful. Can you send me some of this chocolate? It looks amazing. I am saving this recipe. You have a new follower.
A Bowl Of Mush said…
I've made these once! They were sooooo delicious!

You've made me want to make them again so badly!!
Eliana said…
Dessert perfection!
Arghhhh you're really teasing me, I could just fall into your pictures!!! Arghhhhhhh!!! :-)
Ingrid_3Bs said…
I wanna try making vanilla (white chocolate) ones...
Brittany said…
These look amazing...I will have to make them this weekend!
apparentlyjessy said…
Oh baby! These look to die for!

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