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Bittersweet Chocolate Cakes

Deceptively simple and endlessly versatile, these indulgent Bittersweet Chocolate Cakes contain just five basic ingredients and can be ready in about 40 minutes. Makes six individually portioned cakes.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Keyword: chocolate, individual cakes, lava cakes, miniature treats
Servings: 6


  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter sliced in pieces
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • pinch kosher salt


  • If baking immediately, preheat oven to 375° F.
  • Combine chocolate and butter in a medium heatproof bowl. Set the bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water, stirring frequently until melted and smooth. Remove the bowl from the saucepan to cool slightly.
  • In the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with a whisk, mix eggs to combine. With the mixer on low speed, pour in the sugar and add the salt. Increase speed to medium-high and whisk until the eggs are pale yellow and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  • Fold about 1/3 of the egg mixture into the warm chocolate mixture. Scrape the chocolate mixture into the remaining eggs and fold gently until evenly combined.
  • Divide the batter between 6 ungreased ramekins.
  • To bake right away, set the ramekins on a baking sheet. Place them in the lower rack of the oven and bake until the tops puff up, turn crisp, and crack, revealing gooey centers below, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • To prepare ahead, cover the ramekins and refrigerate them for up to 1 day. Let them sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes while the oven preheats to 375° F. They'll take longer to bake after refrigeration, about 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature with toppings of your choice.