Chocolate-Chile Molten Cakes

  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins

This take on a molten cake brings the old flavor combination of chocolate with just a little chile heat into the present. The batter must be frozen before baking, going directly from freezer to oven to table (put it in towards the end of dinner). It’s baked in individual ramekins and served hot. And although chipotle pepper may sound odd, it produces a nice kick that’s perfect with cooling vanilla ice cream. Use as much or as little of the pepper as you like.


Cooking spray
1/2cup sugar, divided
5ounces best-quality semisweet chocolate, chopped (such as Ghirardelli)
1ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped
10tablespoons butter
1 1/2teaspoons vanilla extract
1tablespoon finely chopped canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
3 eggs
1/4teaspoon salt
3tablespoons stone-ground cornmeal
2tablespoons all-purpose flour
2tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, cocoa nibs, and raspberries or other fresh fruit for garnish


  1. Spray six 1-cup ramekins with cooking spray. Coat each with 1 teaspoon sugar.
  2. Place chocolates in a double boiler set over barely simmering hot water. Stir occasionally until chocolates melt. Remove from heat.
  3. Beat butter and sugar together with a mixer until fluffy. Beat in vanilla and chopped chipotle; the mixture may separate slightly. Add eggs, one at a time, scraping bowl and beating 1 minute between additions. Add chocolate and beat 5 minutes. (Batter will be thick.)
  4. Combine salt, cornmeal, flour and cocoa; sift over batter and stir.
  5. Divide batter among ramekins. Don’t worry about smoothing out the tops. Cover each tightly with plastic wrap and freeze at least 4 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 400F.
  7. Bake frozen cakes 10 minutes. (Tops will smooth out.) Let stand 5 minutes. Invert onto serving plates. Serve immediately with ice cream and berries.

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Glycemic Load 11
  • Calories 470
  • Fat 33g
  • Saturated Fat 20g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 7g
  • Cholesterol 145mg
  • Sodium 320mg
  • Potassium 120mg
  • Carbohydrate 38g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Sugars 27g
  • Protein 7g
  • Trans Fat 1g
  • Vitamin A 20%
  • Vitamin C 2%
  • Calcium 4%
  • Iron 15%