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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.


51 Responses to “Gooey Chocolate Cakes”

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

    Posted by Aran | April 1, 2008, 7:23 am
  2. Your cakes look beautiful, the chocolate espresso beans were a nice touch!

    Posted by Mevrouw Cupcake | April 1, 2008, 7:37 am
  3. Your cakes look great!

    Posted by April | April 1, 2008, 7:40 am
  4. Great pictures!! Aren’t they good ?!? :-)

    Posted by noskos | April 1, 2008, 7:45 am
  5. 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!

    Posted by LyB | April 1, 2008, 7:51 am
  6. You are so right–it should come with a warning. Your pics are adorable!

    Posted by Rebecca | April 1, 2008, 8:19 am
  7. yours look nice and gooey! isnt that a great word, gooey? nice job.

    Posted by jenn | April 1, 2008, 8:39 am
  8. Thanks for all the warnings. LOL. Agreed. Fabulous pictures. Love the powder sugar and coffee bean decor. Clara @ I♥food4thought

    Posted by CB | April 1, 2008, 8:45 am
  9. I love the little coffee beans on top! Very cute!

    Posted by Shari | April 1, 2008, 9:07 am
  10. Perfect Job! Pretty little cakes, especially. I love your photos. Makes me want to grab a fork and take a bite!

    Posted by Donna | April 1, 2008, 9:46 am
  11. 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!

    Posted by Madam Chow | April 1, 2008, 10:19 am
  12. Great pics! Love the warnings…too true!

    Posted by Annemarie | April 1, 2008, 10:31 am
  13. 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!

    Posted by kimberleyblue | April 1, 2008, 10:33 am
  14. These look wonderful! Your center looks so perfectly gooey. I love the espresso beans on top!

    Posted by Erin | April 1, 2008, 10:40 am
  15. Ohhh well done. Your cakes look nice and molten! Mine were more fudgy. I love the espresso beans on top. Nice touch!

    Posted by Marie | April 1, 2008, 11:37 am
  16. They look wonderful and love the pics!

    Posted by chelley325 | April 1, 2008, 12:27 pm
  17. 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. :)

    Posted by Dolores | April 1, 2008, 12:37 pm
  18. Those pics are saying “go for it” and you say don’t…:-I this looks way too good not to try…fabulous pics!:)

    Posted by Namratha | April 1, 2008, 1:35 pm
  19. I love it! What a great read! And oh, this recipe…I’m going to have to try it!

    Posted by Karen | April 1, 2008, 2:23 pm
  20. Yep, I might be in danger of downing two of those cakes. YUM!

    Posted by RecipeGirl | April 1, 2008, 2:23 pm
  21. Oh my! This is gorgeous! Mouth-watering, I love this recipe. My sweet tooth is getting nuts now!

    Posted by farida | April 1, 2008, 3:45 pm
  22. 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!

    Posted by Mary Ann | April 1, 2008, 3:49 pm
  23. 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! :)

    Posted by Amy | April 1, 2008, 4:18 pm
  24. I love your warning! It is so very true! Great job! It looks positively sinful!

    Posted by Heather | April 1, 2008, 5:34 pm
  25. I love your gooey centres!!!! they look delicious!

    Posted by Tammy | April 1, 2008, 6:28 pm
  26. I love the pictures. These cakes look heavenly!

    Posted by Jessy and her dog Winnie | April 1, 2008, 7:06 pm
  27. Your cakes look perfect!Are those coffee beans on top?Oh my!

    Posted by Carrie | April 1, 2008, 8:19 pm
  28. I love the pictures! And you are right about the warnings!

    Posted by Amy | April 1, 2008, 8:20 pm
  29. 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!

    Posted by Judy | April 1, 2008, 8:21 pm
  30. Once again, you pulled something absolutely perfect out of the oven. Your cakes look fantastic!And I liked your little warning.

    Posted by Cecilia | April 1, 2008, 8:26 pm
  31. 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. :)

    Posted by Kevin | April 1, 2008, 9:31 pm
  32. Warning, I love that! They look gorgeous, great photography (and baking!)

    Posted by Anne | April 1, 2008, 10:00 pm
  33. 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!

    Posted by mimi | April 1, 2008, 10:36 pm
  34. Haha love the post and you know I’m going to have to make them!! They look delicious.

    Posted by eatme_delicious | April 1, 2008, 11:37 pm
  35. This looks very tempting and a hard one to share!

    Posted by Laurie | April 1, 2008, 11:44 pm
  36. so adorable! just want to taste them now!

    Posted by Big Boys Oven | April 2, 2008, 4:30 am
  37. Gretchen, that looks sinfully delish!Could you please check your mailbox…looking forward to hearing from you soon :-)

    Posted by sunita | April 2, 2008, 5:04 am
  38. 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…

    Posted by Katrina | April 2, 2008, 8:25 am
  39. Wow, perfectly adorable cakes! And the melting chocolate looks sinful!! I’ll give this recipe a try for sure.

    Posted by Suzana | April 2, 2008, 9:30 am
  40. Warning or no warning, I have to make these. Your pictures told me so!

    Posted by Megan | April 2, 2008, 10:24 am
  41. Lovely as always! And I couldn’t agree more, these cakes were seriously addictive!

    Posted by Karina | April 2, 2008, 10:44 am
  42. great pictures, especially the last one!

    Posted by Piggy | April 2, 2008, 10:53 am
  43. Your cakes look wonderful!

    Posted by Dianne | April 2, 2008, 2:08 pm
  44. 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!

    Posted by Cookie baker Lynn | April 2, 2008, 5:51 pm
  45. 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!!!!

    Posted by sher | April 2, 2008, 7:20 pm
  46. And do not think about warming a leftover one in the microwave, pouring half and half over it, and smothering it in blackberries.

    Posted by annmartina | April 3, 2008, 8:43 am
  47. gooey chocolate cakes have always been my first love in desserts!

    Posted by Veron | April 3, 2008, 11:57 am
  48. 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!

    Posted by katiez | April 3, 2008, 2:25 pm
  49. Yummo – I want one of these now!

    Posted by Cakelaw | April 4, 2008, 6:45 am
  50. I’ve read the warning, understood the warning, but will likely not heed the warning. Oh. My. God. They. Are. Fabulous.

    Posted by Susan from Food Blogga | April 4, 2008, 5:23 pm
  51. hahha – thanks for the warning ;) those cakes look perfect and gooey!

    Posted by Jaime | April 14, 2008, 2:40 pm

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