Gooey Chocolate Cakes

This recipe should come with a warning. It should warn you that you must give all of the cakes, except one, away before taking the first bite. It should warn you that after the first bite, you won’t be able to stop yourself from eating more. 

gooey chocolate cakesGooey Chocolate Cakes


1/3 cup of flour
3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
150 grams of bittersweet chocolate con cafe (125 grams coarsely chopped & 25 grams very finely chopped)
100 grams of butter, cut into 8 pieces
1 teaspoon of instant coffee powder
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
1/3 cup of sugar


    1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Coat a regular-size muffin pan with baking spray and place on a baking sheet.
    2. Sift the flour, cocoa and salt together.
    3. In a double boiler, heat the coarsely chopped chocolate, butter and instant coffee powder, stirring occasionally just until they are melted. Remove from the heat.
    4. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and yolk together, then add the sugar and whisk until well blended, about 2 minutes. Stir in the dry ingredients. Stir in the melted chocolate mixture slowly. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups and sprinkle the finely chopped chocolate over the batter.
    5. Bake the cakes at 400F for 13 minutes. Transfer them 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. Place wax paper over the muffin cups & place a cutting board over the wax paper. Flip the muffin cups over onto the wax paper to unmold the cakes. Use a wide metal spatula to lift the cakes onto dessert plates.

Yield: Makes 6
Source: Adapted from Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

Gooey Chocolate Cakes were chosen by Leigh from Lemon Tartlet for Tuesdays With Dorie.

Gretchen Noelle

My love of food was cultivated early on by my family but has come alive while living in Peru. During the 12 years of living in Lima, Peru, I have also enjoyed numerous trips to other areas of the country. Here on Provecho Peru you will find Peruvian recipes in English, American favorites prepared overseas, news about Peruvian Cuisine and interesting tidbits about life in Peru.

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51 Responses

  1. Aran says:

    Oh gretchen… gooey is right!!! Beautiful photos too. great job!

  2. Mevrouw Cupcake says:

    Your cakes look beautiful, the chocolate espresso beans were a nice touch!

  3. April says:

    Your cakes look great!

  4. noskos says:

    Great pictures!! Aren’t they good ?!? 🙂

  5. LyB says:

    LOL! I wish I’d read this post before joining TWD, I’m afraid all of Dorie’s recipes should come with a warning! These were incredible, and I imagine even better with a little kick of coffee in them!

  6. Rebecca says:

    You are so right–it should come with a warning. Your pics are adorable!

  7. jenn says:

    yours look nice and gooey! isnt that a great word, gooey? nice job.

  8. CB says:

    Thanks for all the warnings. LOL. Agreed. Fabulous pictures. Love the powder sugar and coffee bean decor. Clara @ I♥food4thought

  9. Shari says:

    I love the little coffee beans on top! Very cute!

  10. Donna says:

    Perfect Job! Pretty little cakes, especially. I love your photos. Makes me want to grab a fork and take a bite!

  11. Madam Chow says:

    You are so right. I ate one and, at first, didn’t think it was THAT great. Then I ate another and realized that I was in big, big trouble!

  12. Annemarie says:

    Great pics! Love the warnings…too true!

  13. kimberleyblue says:

    Yours look perfectly gooey – great job!I too am now thinking of the countless ways to enhance these cakes, with different flavours. You’re right about the warning!

  14. Erin says:

    These look wonderful! Your center looks so perfectly gooey. I love the espresso beans on top!

  15. Marie says:

    Ohhh well done. Your cakes look nice and molten! Mine were more fudgy. I love the espresso beans on top. Nice touch!

  16. chelley325 says:

    They look wonderful and love the pics!

  17. Dolores says:

    Ha! Thanks for the warnings! Wish I’d had a couple of them before I started my adventure with these lovelies.Is that some sort of pistachio center I spy in one of your cakes? Or mint? Or what? Inquiring minds may be sorry they asked, but they want to know. 🙂

  18. Namratha says:

    Those pics are saying “go for it” and you say don’t…:-I this looks way too good not to try…fabulous pics!:)

  19. Karen says:

    I love it! What a great read! And oh, this recipe…I’m going to have to try it!

  20. RecipeGirl says:

    Yep, I might be in danger of downing two of those cakes. YUM!

  21. farida says:

    Oh my! This is gorgeous! Mouth-watering, I love this recipe. My sweet tooth is getting nuts now!

  22. Mary Ann says:

    I agree with you on the warning. Luckily for me, I had to share with 4 other adults and 3 kids! Your pictures are beautiful!

  23. Amy says:

    These look gorgeous! Love the coffee bean on top. I adore molten chocolate cakes; I haven’t tried Dorie’s yet but I’m glad to know they’re dangerously delicious! 🙂

  24. Heather says:

    I love your warning! It is so very true! Great job! It looks positively sinful!

  25. Tammy says:

    I love your gooey centres!!!! they look delicious!

  26. Jessy and her dog Winnie says:

    I love the pictures. These cakes look heavenly!

  27. Carrie says:

    Your cakes look perfect!Are those coffee beans on top?Oh my!

  28. Amy says:

    I love the pictures! And you are right about the warnings!

  29. Judy says:

    Well, I’m finally at the Cs (I skip around the list.) Your warning is right on target, too! I will have to chastise my neighbor when she returns, especially since she loves chocolate. I do, too, but I don’t need them ALL to myself! Yours look really delicious!

  30. Cecilia says:

    Once again, you pulled something absolutely perfect out of the oven. Your cakes look fantastic!And I liked your little warning.

  31. Kevin says:

    Those look so chocolaty and good. I really shouldn’t eat all 6 that the recipe makes by myself, but I want to try one. 🙂

  32. Anne says:

    Warning, I love that! They look gorgeous, great photography (and baking!)

  33. mimi says:

    your’s came out so nice and gooey on the inside! and i was debating about the powdered sugar sprinkled on top, next time i will definitely do that, it looks so delish!

  34. eatme_delicious says:

    Haha love the post and you know I’m going to have to make them!! They look delicious.

  35. Laurie says:

    This looks very tempting and a hard one to share!

  36. Big Boys Oven says:

    so adorable! just want to taste them now!

  37. sunita says:

    Gretchen, that looks sinfully delish!Could you please check your mailbox…looking forward to hearing from you soon 🙂

  38. Katrina says:

    Your mis en place is inspiring! I love the coffee beans, and the cakes look delicious! I wish I had the willpower to give the other 5 away…

  39. Suzana says:

    Wow, perfectly adorable cakes! And the melting chocolate looks sinful!! I’ll give this recipe a try for sure.

  40. Megan says:

    Warning or no warning, I have to make these. Your pictures told me so!

  41. Karina says:

    Lovely as always! And I couldn’t agree more, these cakes were seriously addictive!

  42. Piggy says:

    great pictures, especially the last one!

  43. Dianne says:

    Your cakes look wonderful!

  44. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    Thanks for the warning. Otherwise I might have been tempted to make them. Really, gooey…chocolate…cake. What part of that doesn’t have me written all over it? Yours look wonderful!

  45. sher says:

    Thanks for the warning! But, I’m warning you that I’ll trample anyone in my way to get to one of your marvelous cakes!!!!

  46. annmartina says:

    And do not think about warming a leftover one in the microwave, pouring half and half over it, and smothering it in blackberries.

  47. Veron says:

    gooey chocolate cakes have always been my first love in desserts!

  48. katiez says:

    I know they must be incredibly difficult to make so I’m not even going to try.I’m not.Really, I’m not.I don’t have anyone to give the extras to…so I’m not!

  49. Cakelaw says:

    Yummo – I want one of these now!

  50. Susan from Food Blogga says:

    I’ve read the warning, understood the warning, but will likely not heed the warning. Oh. My. God. They. Are. Fabulous.

  51. Jaime says:

    hahha – thanks for the warning 😉 those cakes look perfect and gooey!

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