Mini chocolate cakes with a gooey centre

by Sunita on August 13, 2010

I love surprises, the pleasant ones of course. And I love the surprise that stuffed foods hold . The sense of anticipation while cuting into it to reveal the goods hiden within, gets me all excited like a child.

I made these mini chocolate cakes the other day. I wanted to store the cakes to share with friends later, and did not want the hassle of frosting them. But I wanted them to be special.

So, instead I stuffed the cakes with a chocolate mixture which when baked and served would serve like frosting, only on the inside.

This is very similar to the molten lava cakes where you have a chocolate liquid gushing out from the centre. These cakes had a thicker filling.

These cakes are so easy to make too. I used small steel bowls, but you can use ramekins as well as cupcake/muffin moulds as well.Give them a try for some true indulgence.

Here’s how I made them-

What’s needed-

3 eggs
5 tblsp of dark muscovado sugar
1/2 C +2tblsp of whole wheat flour (atta)
1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
4 tblsp of cocoa powder
1/3 C of sunflower/vegetable oil

For the filling-
1 and a 1/2 C single cream
250gms dark chocolate
1/2 c of cocoa powder

Note- The above amount for the(delicious) filling made much more than I need for the cakes. So, feel free to reduce the quantities. I used the leftovers as frosting on some other cupcakes. If it firms up too much on storing, soften it a little by placing it in a bowl over a pan of hot water. This should soften it and make it spreadable.

How to-

  1. Break the chocolate in a bowl. Heat then cream to the point where it just begins to boil and pour over the chocolate. Stir, adding a little cocoa powder (for the filling) at a time and whisk vigourously.

    Chill the mixture till completely cooled.

  2. Pre heat the oven at 180 deg C and grease ( I used non stick spray) 6-7 small bowls/ramekins or muffin trays( you will get more in a muffin tray).
  3. Add all the ingredients for the cake batter in a bowl and beat, preferable with an electric beater till everything just comes together. Do not over beat.
  4. Fill half of the moulds with the cake batter. Place a small spoonful of the filling in the centre and cover with another layer of the cake batter so that the moulds are full 3/4ths of the way up. make sure that the filling is completely covered.
  5. Place them in the cenre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 20 minutes or till well risen and the tops are firm.
  6. Cool the cakes in the moulds for a couple of minutes. Run the back of a spoon round the sides and gently remove them from the moulds.
  7. Serve the cakes warm and lightly dust with icing sugar before serving (optional).
  8. To store, cool completely on a rack and then store in air tight containers. Before serving warm the cakes for a few seconds in the microwave or wrap in foil and warm in a pre heated oven.

Prepare yourself to cut into the cake and be greeted by the soft gooey insides.

This is more like a cake that has been frosted on the insides. The warm cake with the delicious ( and I really mean delicious, you won’t be able to stop yourself from just having ‘a little lick’ ) filling is truly a chocoholic’s delight. be sure to serve the cakes warm, they don’t hold the same appeal if they are cold.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa August 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Mmmhhh, devilishly scrumptious! An irresistible treat!




2 sanjeeta kk August 13, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Thats too cute Sunita! Lovely clicks as usual. Best wishes.


3 Alka August 13, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Looks heavenly! Now add scoop for vanilla icream… bliss! Have a great weekend as well :)


4 Suman Singh August 13, 2010 at 2:08 pm

looks heavenly..feel like having some now..mmm…


5 Suparna August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Look heavenly ! Makes me want to try out ASAP !


6 BongMom August 13, 2010 at 6:02 pm


I love your whole wheat bakes, will probably do this one. I know BS will love it


7 Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal!! August 13, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Wow, that looks amazing !!! I am bookmarking to try it out later :)


8 Soma August 13, 2010 at 10:08 pm

bokmarking this for the girls. Theya re gonna love it. Thanks Sunita.


9 suma August 14, 2010 at 4:50 am

This amazing chocoholic’s treat is even more appealing as you have made it with wheat flour and oil. I had made similar ones earlier, would love to try your version sometime for sure!! Lemme just find an excuse:-)) Drool worthy pics!!


10 pallavi August 14, 2010 at 6:55 am

hey Sunita,

Your whole wheat recipes are great!!!! can this cake be made without eggs? please reply
coz i’m dying to make this but am vegetarian.


11 Sruthi August 15, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Were these special treats for Rengoni’s 9th Birthday… happy Birthday to her!


12 Joyti August 16, 2010 at 12:13 am

Those do look and sound so indulgent and rich…and of course irresistibly delicious.


13 poornima krishnan August 17, 2010 at 1:59 am

Oh My. What a delicious sight!


14 notyet100 August 17, 2010 at 3:03 am

mmmm drooling here,,,


15 Meeta August 17, 2010 at 7:15 am

oooh decadent and chocolaty! looks delicious and you are such a rock star. you know it’s birthday month for both of us ;o) so i think i might make this for my birthday boy soon!


16 Mona August 18, 2010 at 11:40 am

OMG! those clicks are making me drool Sunita!


17 Cristina August 22, 2010 at 5:13 am

These are both decadent and sophisticated little chocolate treats. Your photos are absolutely edible!


18 anisa August 29, 2010 at 9:50 am

Hi sunita!

I would first like to say it is lovely to always have some one i can get back to with any baking trouble, and you always reply! thank you! I follow your blog religiously, and I’ll say I’m a big fan!

I read an article on measuring weights and volumes and everyone seems to have a different version of how much a cup measures. Some say 120gms make a cup, others say 250 gms of sugar make a cup but when we talk specifically about flour, 110gms make a cup. Then there seems to be a different measure when you follow the British scale of 1 cup and the American one.

So I wanted to know, in your recipes, when you say 1 cup, how many gms would that be?



19 amber September 7, 2010 at 3:10 am

how many does this recipe make?


20 Scarlett July 23, 2012 at 9:51 am

These cakes were amazing I loved them. I ate them really slowly just to treasure each bite i would definetly cook them again. Yum Yum Yum :)


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