Molten Chocolate Liquor Cake


I’ve been spending a lot of time on twitter lately. I mean its sort of getting out of hands now. With a toddler at home, my life is crazy as it is right now and twitter is making it crazier! But I can’t help it, it is so much fun! And I can’t believe that I had no idea how to tweet a month back. And if you are one of my tweet buddies, you might know that it was “A’s” birthday last week. Unlike all the other birthdays in the past, I just didn’t get time to plan anything for him. So when asked a day before that what he wants for his birthday, his answer was “cook me some GOOD food.”


Cooking ‘good’ food for him (specially food that would make him happy) is not difficult at all. My husband is the simplest and most predictable person when it comes to food. If you know him even a little you know that making him some rajma or a nice curry or baking something chocolate will make him the happiest man in the world. But since it was his birthday, I tried to make it a little fancy for the two of us. Of course there was curry in the menu but for dessert I made some individual molten chocolate lava cake and to make things a bit interesting I added some liquor into it (Ok, a little more than ‘a little’!). Cake was a hit and the man was super happy!


I had these two molten chocolate lava cake recipes bookmarked and they had been sitting there for a while now. One of them was from the pioneer woman and the other one was on Foodista. Both the recipes are so simple and quick but in my household if you want ice cream, you better be on my side and if you want anything chocolate then the husband leads the way. So I waited for him to taste this beauty on his birthday.


I love a recipe if it is quick and easy and if it tastes anything like this cake, then its a home run! If you’ve not tasted this cake, PLEASE give this recipe a try. You will be surprised how good it comes out after putting in almost no time and energy. Just put everything in a bowl, whisk and bake. How simple can it get? I served this cake with vanilla ice cream that added a whole new dimension to the cake. I felt that if you add something lightly sweet with cake, it balances the taste and in this case light vanilla cake did the same.


Ingredients: serves 6

3 1/2 oz of Dark Chocolate
1/3 cup Butter
1 cup Powdered Sugar
2 whole Eggs
2 whole Egg Yolks
2/3 cups Flour
1 tbsp Liquor Per Ramekin (optional) I used coffee liquor because I think coffee brings out the chocolate’s taste even more.


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Spray 4 medium or 6 small ramekins with oil and place on cookie sheet.
Microwave chocolate and butter in large bowl on high for about 1 minute, until butter is melted. Whisk until chocolate is also melted.
If you think the chocolate is hot, let it cool down or else you’ll get scrambled eggs instead of a cake batter!
Stir in sugar until well blended. Whisk in eggs and egg yolks. Stir in flour.Add liquor.
Divide between cups.
Bake 13-14 minutes until sides are firm and center is soft.
Take it out of the oven and let it stand for a minute.
Invert cakes on dishes and decorate a little if you want.
Serve with ice cream like I did or you could serve it with whipped cream.


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  2. I’m new to your blog and also to baking. This recipe is special because it is my first successful cake! It is simply mind-blowing.

    Just one suggestion: it would be great if you mentioned specifically what brand of chocolate or coffee liquor you use because simple things like that make all the difference in taste, especially in baked goods.

  3. Your writeup was just too compelling and it didn’t help that the photograph was simply irresistible…don’t have any special occasion coming up, but I’m definitely baking this tomorrow itself 😀

  4. This looks sooooooo goooooooood! It’s really funny because it’s like our stomachs are telling us the same things – just the other day I was telling my husband how I haven’t made lava cakes in a while, and it was about time I made some! So first the figs, and now this!! Ha ha!

    Molten choc cakes are so good when homemade – it’s too bad that restaurants have worn out their reputation … I just blogged about that yesterday too.

  5. These look perfect! I love chocolate molten cakes but have never made one! I have this unreasonable fear that I’ll cook it too much and the middle will become solid. Come to think of it, it’d probly still be delicious. I need to make this soon.

    PS: I’m glad we’re Twitter friends :)

  6. Happy belated birthday to A!

    I suppose he knows how lucky he is to have such an awesome wife who whips up such decadent looking desserts. :-)

    Your photos are gorgeous, as always!

  7. Oh Prena, all the day yesterday i was craving for molten cake instead of actully processing my data, but needed up eating in the evening, didn’t even think of taking pic, i flooded rum in it :) gorgeous pictures as always,and though am in twitter, addiction bug hasn’t bit me still good great God thanks, i have to complete my PhD 😀

  8. What an enticing post! I have been meaning to try this too as my hubby is chocolate lover…more than sucker! :) I should try it soon. Pics are as good as ever. I think we both are following via twitter but I’m not addicted like you yet. :)

  9. oh my goodness. This has immediately been added to my list of things to make. And check out that food styling! I see textures, layers, etc. :) I have been checking back to look at your pictures and learn from you! :) This looks absolutely delicious!

  10. Belated Happy Birthday to A!

    That gooey chocolate from inside looks so GOOD! I still haven’t done a molten cake yet, and the girls have been begging me. I agree with you about the chocolate and coffee together – it is divine. The oozing our chocolate has to be the inspiration for me to make a molten cake, at least for the kids.

  11. This looks fabulous!! belated birthday wishes to your hub! :)) What a lovely treat!!!

    P.S. Sighh isn’t twitter such an addiction!! someday I am sure there is going to be a TA!