Bruno Albouze Molten Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Lava Cake

Yields12 ServingsPrep Time35 minsCook Time12 minsTotal Time47 minsDifficultyBeginnerRating


Chocolate Lava Filling
 210 g Bittersweet chocolate 64/70%
 40 g Milk chocolate
 200 g Butter
 300 g Eggs (6)
 150 g sugar
 100 g Pastry flour, sifted
Crunchy Praliné
 140 g Praliné*
 40 g Milk chocolate
 15 g Butter
 55 g Crushed corn flakes, or feuilletine
Vanilla Chantilly
 150 g Heavy cream, hot
 100 g White chocolate
 3 g Gelatin sheet
 150 g Heavy cream, chilled
 5 g Vanilla
 50 g Sour cream (Optional)



Jean-Georges Vongerichten claims to have invented molten chocolate cake in New York City in 1987. However, French chocolatier Jacques Torres disputes this, arguing that such a dish already existed in France. Chocolate lava cake can be served right after baking. However, and for better handling, it is best to be rewarmed afterward. Chocolate lava cake can be served as is or topped with whipped vanilla ganache montée (Upgraded Chantilly), or vanilla ice cream (Look up at Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe).

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Chocolate Mixture

Place a saucepan with 2''/5cm of water on a burner; on low heat. Place your chopped chocolate, and butter in a heatproof bowl. The simmering water should not touch the bottom of the bowl. Do not over heat the chocolate-butter mixture. Meanwhile, beat eggs and sugar. For this recipe you can use six or twelve 3.5''/9cm Ø x 3/4''/2cm H, Exoglass tart rings, or two 6.5''/ 16.5cm fluted-nonstick brioche molds. To purchase these molds, look up at my Shop Page. Fill up greased pastry rings (3.3oz/90 grams per serving and about a pound/450g for buttered and floured brioche mold). Sprinkle each cake with a light pinch of fleur de sel if desired. Refrigerate chocolate cakes for up to 5 days prior baking.

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Preheat oven to 350ºF/180ºC. Bake individual cakes for about 9 minutes. It takes longer to cook if the rings are taller and the chocolate mixture is cooler than room temp. Large cake should take 18 minutes. Cool lava cakes to room temp, and chill completely prior removing from sheet pan, or mold. If served right after baking, transfer cake on plate using a large offset spatula.

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Vanilla Chantilly / Ganache Montée

Soak gelatin in cold water to soften; drain and set aside. Slightly melt white chocolate in a narrow container. Bring to a boil the first half of the heavy cream with the vanilla. Turn off the heat and let infuse for about 30 min. Remove vanilla pod, squeeze and rinse. Let dry out in the oven for 5 minutes, and save it for garnishing. Pour hot heavy cream in the barely melted chocolate, mix and add gelatin. Add remaining chilled heavy cream and sour cream. Blend well and chill overnight. Whip ganache montée to a medium-firm peaks Chantilly.

Praliné Crunch

*To make praliné from scratch, look up at Chocolate Swans Recipe. Praliné can be subbed for Nutella. Gently melt milk chocolate with butter. Mix in praliné, or Nutella. Add crushed corn flakes. For the individual lava cakes only, roll out between 2 parchment paper, or silicone mat into a 1/4''/5mm thick sheet. Refrigerate and cut into disks that should be smaller in diameter than the tart rings – keep refrigerated.

Bruno Albouze Crunchy Praliné


Microwave lava cake for a few seconds, or until the center of the cake juggles. Top with crunchy praliné and Chantilly rosette – Enjoy!

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