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Molten Chocolate Mousse Cake

Gluten Free Molten Chocolate Mousse Cake. With only 4 ingredients this chocolate mousse version of a molten chocolate cake is the easiest recipe for this dessert that I’ve found.

Molten Chocolate Mousse Cake broken open to see soft centre

Molten Chocolate Mousse Cake

I’ve tried a few of these recipes over the years and have enjoyed all of them to be honest. It is chocolate after all, but I this is the one I like best.

Rather than an oozing liquid center, the inside of these are more like a warm chocolate mousse. It just melts in your mouth.

Dark Chocolate Chips, to melt and dip the biscotti

I like to use 50% dark chocolate chips but you can use semisweet as well.

This is also probably the most uncomplicated of the recipes I’ve tried. It uses only 4 ingredients in a pretty simple preparation.

It’s also the perfect dessert to end a romantic dinner for two. Some ripe fresh strawberries served with it are great for dipping and sharing.

Use butter to well grease 4 eight ounce ramekins or custard cups. Dust the insides of the greased cups with cocoa or granulated sugar and set aside.

Molten Chocolate Mousse Cake with strawberries on a white plate

Molten Chocolate Mousse Cake

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Originally published January 2019. 

Molten Chocolate Mousse Cake broken open to see soft centre
Yield: 4 servings

Easy Molten Mousse Chocolate Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A different kind of molten chocolate cake where the inside maintains a chocolate mouse-like luscious texture. Indulgent, impressive and totally delicious.


  • 3 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 7 ounces chopped good quality chocolate (or 1 cup plus 2 tbsp chocolate chips. I use dark chocolate with at least a 50% cocoa content.)
  • 4 large or extra large egg yolks
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 2 large or extra large egg whites
  • 1 tbsp sugar


  1. Use butter to well grease 4 eight ounce ramekins or custard cups. Dust the insides of the greased cups with granulated white sugar and then cocoa and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  3. Melt the butter and chocolate together over very low heat or in a double boiler.
  4. Cool to almost room temperature.
  5. Using an electric mixer, beat together the egg yolks and 4 tbsp sugar until light and fluffy.
  6. Gently fold the egg yolk and chocolate mixtures together.
  7. In a separate bowl, beat together the egg whites and 1 tbsp sugar to soft peaks.As gently as possible fold the whipped egg whites through the chocolate mixture until they are fully blended. Gentle folding is what is important here so that the egg whites do not deflate.
  8. Spoon batter into the prepared baking cups, place them on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. (My oven only takes 10 minutes.)
  9. Cool for 2 minutes before inverting each dessert onto a serving plate and gently removing the baking cup. Serve with ice cream, whipped cream or fresh berries.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 serving

Amount Per Serving Calories 461Total Fat 26gSaturated Fat 15gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 229mgSodium 156mgCarbohydrates 49gFiber 1gSugar 46gProtein 6g

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Wednesday 8th of December 2021

Can I make this ahead and reheat it right before?

Lynn Parsons

Monday 13th of December 2021

We haven’t tried making it ahead and reheating

mary m

Thursday 13th of February 2020

can i use Lindt 70% dark chocolate?

Barry C. Parsons

Saturday 15th of February 2020

Sure, if that's what you like.

smith Isabelle

Friday 12th of February 2016

very good

Tracy @ Daily Deal Blog

Thursday 16th of February 2012

I love sweets and I love allowing myself to indulge once in awhile, guilt-free. Great for another chocolatey goodness. 

Russell at Chasing Delicious

Wednesday 15th of February 2012

Yum. I love chocolate molten cakes! I just made some this weekend actually.

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