Molten Chocolate Mocha Cakes
Decadent and moist cake on the outside combined with an ooey-gooey dark chocolate mocha interior. These molten chocolate mocha cakes perfect for any special occasion.
Special occasions always call for chocolate. Why is that? Really?? By the way, these are the kind of questions I ask myself when I’m bored and driving home. Weird I know.
Almost everyone in my family is a chocolate lover. The answer to the usual question, what would you like for your birthday, is always something chocolatey. For this reason, I always keep a few bags of Ghirardelli baking chips in my pantry for special occasion birthdays and celebrations. Great quality chocolate, very easy to melt (no butter needed for a smooth finish) and I just love the bittersweet chocolate with coffee. I don’t joke about my secret stash. Once a certain someone ran out of his generic hot cocoa powder and broke into my special dark Ghirardelli stash and it was not pretty.
Valentine’s Day is definitely a special occasion and it’s all about chocolate. After these mini red velvet bundt cakes, I was inspired to make some more miniature desserts because I loved how we each enjoyed our own little cake (plus you all loved them too!). I busted out a bag of Ghirardelli 60% Cacao chocolate baking chips to make these molten chocolate mocha cakes that have been on my baking bucket list for a while.
At first glance, many people think that making a lava (or molten) cake is difficult. After all, fancy restaurants make them look so beautiful and daunting. Well, I’m here to tell you that lava cakes are technically very easy to make and totally irresistible. You can have these on the table in under an hour 🙂
Let me walk you through the steps with the pictures below! You will agree they are easy to make after you review them.
How to make Molten Chocolate Mocha Cakes
The ingredients are simple and straight forward. Like with every recipe, gathering and measuring your ingredients before you start is always a great idea.
For the molten cake, you need to make sure your baking dishes are well greased and floured. This will enable you to easily release the cake after baking. I love using PAM baking spray as it combines butter and flour. In addition, I dust the ramekins with cocoa powder.
Melt the chocolate and butter together until nice and smooth.
Here’s why it is a must to use good quality chocolate.
Whisk the powdered sugar and espresso powder into the eggs.
Then add the melted chocolate to the egg mixture. Mix until smooth.
Once you have combined everything, you will have a rich smooth batter.
Pour the batter into the prepared ramekins.
And bake until the outsides are done and the middle is still a little jiggly. Is that a scientific term?? Consult the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.
And that’s it. Just flip these onto a serving plate and you are good to go. I love serving mine with just powdered sugar and fresh fruits.
These molten chocolate mocha cakes are “one of the best things you’ve baked” declared the taste-tester around here. And I have to agree with him because I ate two in a day. One for breakfast, since I took the pictures at 8 am and couldn’t help myself, and of course for a late-night sweet craving.
The cakes are perfectly moist and soft around the edges and the centers as you can see are just ooey-gooey decadent great!! I served mine with fresh strawberries but you can use your favorite berries.
You have to try them and I assure you, your Valentine will love you more.
Molten Chocolate Mocha Cakes
Decadent and moist cake on the outside combined with an ooey-gooey dark chocolate mocha interior makes these molten chocolate mocha cakes perfect for any special occasion.
- 6 ounces Ghirardelli 60% Cacao bittersweet chocolate baking chips, chopped
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 3 egg yolks, room temperature
- 1½ cups powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon espresso powder
- Pinch of salt
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- Additional powdered sugar
- Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease six ramekin cups (6 ounce) by spraying with baking spray and dust with unsweetened cocoa powder.
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate over low heat, stirring continually. Let cool slightly.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and whole eggs until well blended. Whisk in the powdered sugar and espresso powder until combined. Add in the melted chocolate to the flour and whisk until just combined (do not overmix).
- Divide the batter evenly among the cups, and then place them on a cookie sheet. Fill cups only 2/3 of the way to leave room for rising.
- Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until the sides are set, but the centers are still soft and puffed. A toothpick inserted on the edge should come out clean.
- Remove and let stand for about 3 minutes. Carefully loosen the cakes from the sides of the cups with a knife and invert them onto serving plates.
- Sprinkle cakes with powdered sugar. Serve warm with fresh fruits.
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ooooooomg. These look AMAZING! I seriously love nothing more in the world than molten chocolate cake!! I have never made them because I’m afraid of what will happen (aka I will eat the entire recipe). Yours look absolutely gorgeous – pinning! Better than a restaurant! Hope you have a great weekend!!
Thanks Cate! You can scale this recipe down and only make two servings 🙂 Have a great weekend!
LOVE these!! I always have a stash of all kinds of chocolate in the house. Usually it is my chocolate baking chips that end up mysteriously disappearing, though 🙂 I love all of your mini desserts, Zainab! These chocolate cakes would probably be one of my favorite as well.
Thanks Ashely! Hope you have a great weekend 🙂
Oh girl!! This is killing me right now at 7 in the morning. I want all that molten in my FACE
probably not a 7am kind of snack 😮
YES, Chocolate for MIILES!!! This looks so good I could swim in it 🙂 I’ve never made molten cakes before but they are some of my favorite things to order when I go out. You’ve got me convinced that I can make these at home!
Amy!! You have to make them. They are so easy and yet so fancy. Perfect ending to any special meal 🙂
Holy smokes, these look incredible! I am a recovering chocoholic and these might make me fall off the wagon! Love love love!
Nooooo you can’t fall off the wagon. Ok maybe just once :0 Thanks Ali!! Have a great weekend 🙂
I’m a chocoholic big time, and this looks like it would satisfy my cravings for a while! I have to say, your photography is just fabulous, Zainab — I’m just marveling at your beautiful photos lately! Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂
Marcie thank you!! This will definitely keep those cravings at bay for a while. Hope you have a great weekend 🙂
I’m a chocoholic, so I love chocolate on any special occasion. These look perfect for Valentine’s Day!
I think I would lick the platter clean! I love love Ghirardelli chocolate. The 60% bittersweet chips are all I use in my chocolate chip cookies.
These lava cakes look devilishly delicious.
hahah Jamie, I might have licked mine clean after the first serving :0 Thanks!!
Oh yummy!!! 🙂
Oh my gosh, I haven’t made lava cakes in forever! I always make them for my mom’s birthday, since they are more elegant and so chocolate-y. Wow, you captured the gooey middle perfectly! Kudos to you for getting that perfect shot; that is no easy feat. Lovely lighting, gorgeous photos and one stunning chocolate dessert. Love the addition of coffee!
Mary Frances thank you! I need to start making these for birthdays. I am discovering a whole new world here. These pictures were take in morning light (8-9am) which I am not used to but I was traveling last weekend and didn’t get to baking and had to them during the week. I’m glad you like them 🙂
These little cakes are so gorgeous! Everyone in my family always asks for chocolate cakes for their birthdays too, and sometimes I run out of ideas. But I’ve never made lava cakes before! Love that you added some mocha to it. I can only imagine how incredible these are. 🙂
Thank you Beth! These are perfect for chocolate lovers…a great chocolate overload and so easy to make. Try them next time 😉
I have to admit, I’m probably the only person who has not made this recipe – thanks for sharing so I can give it a try! Pinned!
Thanks Deb! This is my first time too 🙂
I would of thought making molten cakes difficult too. I have actually never tried before but you make me want to give it a go!
They are so easy Nancy! Try them soon 🙂
These look fantastic! I’m also a huge fan of Ghirardelli chocolate chips, they are just great!
Thanks Hallie!! Ghirardelli is the best 🙂
I’m in chocolate heaven! I think we eat it on special ocassions because we can justify it’s ok for a holiday….otherwise, I got nothing. 😉
Seriously I’m drooling over these molten cakes. I always order one if they’re on a restaurant menu. I’ve never made them at home but now I must.
As always, your photos are amazing and so inspiration to a fellow food blogger. 🙂
Thanks Tina! You are too kind 🙂
I love Ghirardelli and I am DYIINNGGGG over these lava cakes!!! One of my fave desserts and yours is just perfect. Ahhh that molten center!!
OH WOW. These really put the molten in molten chocolate cakes! What do you think would happen if I made these using gluten free flour? Catastrophe? Or do you think they’d hold up?
i am a sucker for anything chocolate – this gooey lava cakes look so good.
Yum Yum, I love a good gooey center, pinned!
OMG! That gooey middle! I need to go make something with carob since I can’t have chocolate.
I just made lava cakes for the first time too- yours turned out wonderful! Love that molten center! Hope you have a great weekend.
What a stunner!!!
Wow. I think I’m going to literally lick my computer! Will you make me some?
Your cakes look irresistible! Too tempting!
Oh my goodness! I’m in heaven just looking at these! Why is it that chocolate has such a heavenly taste? I would have thought that molten choccy cakes would be difficult, but apparently not!
This is my all time favorite dessert. Hot chocolate oozing out of chocolate cake. Any one who doesn’t like it is crazy. Your photos are amazing!
These look incredible Zainab! I’m mesmerized by the chocolate oozing out – looks like chocolate heaven! So gorgeous girl! Pinning!
Wow…these look delicious!! I want to just tip that plate over and let all that molten chocolate roll right into my mouth. (Yes, I would actually do that. No, I would not be ashamed.) Thanks for sharing, Zainab!
Hahhaha! I will not be ashamed either. I licked my plate coz the spoon wasn’t cutting it.
These look absolutely delicious! I love chocolate fondant puddings- so delicious and perfect for Valentine’s day 🙂
YES!!!!! I am in the kitchen making molten cakes as we speak and these are stunners. Pinning right now!!
Yay!! I can’t wait to see them 🙂
These say “the perfect ending to a romantic Valentine Dinner” to me!! They are perfectly decadent and you certainly can’t go wrong with Ghirardelli’s!!
Thanks Renee!! They really do say that 🙂
OMGee Zainab! This looks amazing, especially the “lava” part with the chocolate oozing out.
While my husband and I were on vacation last September I ordered one of these for dessert and having been wanting to make one at home since. Totally swiping your recipe girl! 🙂 Thanks! Pinned
Thanks Krista!! I always used to order them when we are out and I am so glad I tried making it at home because they are so easy to make! Hope you are having a great weekend 🙂
They look amazing. Will definitely try the recipe. Can you refrigerate and rewarm them?
Carolyn yes you can! I just had the last one tonight and I just microwaved it for a minute and it was perfect!!
These look so great. I’ve been wanting to try to make molten chocolate cakes and this looks like a great recipe. I’m drooling from your pictures look good enough to eat. I’ve pinned this (seen on ShowStopper)
Zainab, these cakes look INCREDIBLE! I love baking and eating molten lava cakes and like you said, I was very intimidated the first time I went to make them at home, since all the restaurants make them seem so over-the-top and fancy. My husband just headed to a friend’s house to watch the Superbowl and I’m seriously considering baking these cakes for myself tonight to accompany me while I blog 🙂 Pinning!
Geeeeeez what perfect lava cakes! Seriously that picture with the chocolate flowing is making me crave these SO badly! I’m a big fan, but I’ve never made my own before – I’m thinking that should change!
i just tried to lick that delicious molten filling off my screen. BIG sigh that it did not hop off the screen and into my mouth. These are so luscious!
Oh my gosh, Zainab! These look absolutely incredible! That ooey gooey center is killing me. I’ve never made these before but your recipe looks so simple! I must try…
this molten cake looks amazing! turned out so well!
I’m drooooooling just looking at these beauties!!!!! That CHOCOLATE lava is pure sinful!! I. WANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the molten cake….a classic!
Give these to me oh please!! They look too good!!
Back again to say thanks for linking this up to our Marvelous Monday party! Pinned!
Ohhhh, these look good, Zainab! I could eat two of these in a day myself. 🙂 I love these types of cakes. YUM! Pinning and sharing on social. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays, my friend!
Girl!! I love that we both have a secret stash ha! And these look amazing like I just closed my mouth. Wow. Beautiful!
These look unbelievably tasty! Wow – pinning, and I’ll have to get back to you as soon as I’m hosting 🙂 …nah, maybe I’ll just treat myself 😉
I now have so much more time to bake. I will be making these delicious beauties very soon. I giggled when I saw how many comments there were already! We all love chocolate! Stopping by from SITS
Just made these and they are sooooo good ooomg. Thanks for the recipe Zainah, it is perfection!!
Alicia, thank you so much for letting me know!! I am so glad to hear that you loved them. Now I want to make them again myself. Would love to see them if you took a picture…just tag me on social media (@blahnikbaker) or use the hashtag #blahnikbaker.