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Tuesdays With Dorie: Gooey Chocolate Cakes


Thanks to Leigh of Lemon Tartlet for picking this week’s recipe. Leigh chose Dorie’s Gooey Chocolate Cakes, and I was very pleased with her choice. See, I am a true chocolate lover at heart. I usually eat something chocolate every day, and I think that the best desserts are chocolate. And while the past recipes have been delicious, I was ready for something truly rich and decadent such as the Gooey Chocolate Cakes.

This recipe was so easy to put together. I love the way the chocolate on top added a little bit of extra chocolate to the cake. I baked mine in muffin tins. I was expecting something more like a molten lava cake, but this did not have a runny center like a molten lava cake has. It was definitely soft and gooey though, and I was pleased with the result. Thanks to Leigh for choosing this week’s recipe! Be sure to check out our Tuesdays With Dorie blog to see how everyone else did with their Gooey Chocolate Cakes!

Next week’s recipe will come from Mary of Starting From Scratch.


Gooey Chocolate Cake

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

¼ teaspoon salt

5 ounces bittersweet chocolate,

4 ounces coarsely chopped,

1 ounce very finely chopped

1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces

2 large eggs, at room temperature

1 large egg yolk, at room temperature

6 tablespoons of sugar

Getting ready: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. butter (or spray – it’s easier) 6 cups of a regular-size muffin pan, preferably a disposable aluminum foil pan, dust the insides with flour and tap out the excess. Put the muffin pan on a baking sheet.

Sift the flour, cocoa and salt together.

Set a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water, put the coarsely chopped chocolate and the butter in the bowl and stir occasionally over the simmering water just until they are melted – you don’t want them to get so hot that the butter separates. Remove the bowl from the pan of water.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and yolk until homogenous. Add the sugar and whisk until well blended, about 2 minutes. Add the dry ingredients and, still using the whisk, stir (don’t beat) them into the eggs. Little by little, and using a light hand, stir in the melted chocolate and butter. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups and sprinkle the finely chopped chocolate over the batter.

Bake the cakes for 13 minutes. Transfer them, still on the baking sheet, to a rack to cool for 3 minutes. (There is no way to test that these cakes are properly baked, because the inside remains liquid.)

Line a cutting board with a silicone baking mat or parchment or wax paper, and, after the 3-minute rest, unmold the cakes onto the board. Use a wide metal spatula to lift the cakes onto dessert plates.


22 Responses

  1. I agree – chocolate should be eaten every day, and the best desserts are always the chocolate ones. And yours look awesome!

  2. Yummy looking cakes!!! Mine weren’t runny either, I guess the title of the cakes covers it pretty well 🙂

  3. These look delicious! Glad you enjoyed them!

  4. Your cakes look great! I love the idea of mini muffins!

  5. They look delicious!

  6. I love the puddles of melted chocolate topping your ckaes! Although, I can’t claim to be a chocolate lover, these cakes were gooey-licious!

  7. So glad someone else tries to have a little chocolate every day. That last pic is lickable!

  8. Yummy chocolate cakes. Great job!
    Clara @ I♥food4thought

  9. Mine turned out just like yours – no, the weren’t runny, but yes, they were tasty!

    Yours look great, good job!

  10. Nice pics – it looks like they turned out great for you!

  11. Great pics! They look yummy!!

  12. They look great. Mine were gooey not runny, too.

  13. Those cakes look to die for delicious! Gooey center or not this will be one of my go-to, easy-peasy recipes!

  14. Ohh you got some great goo going on there! Mine were more fudgy than gooey, but they did taste delicious, especially with a drizzle of muscovado toffee sauce and some clotted cream!!

  15. MMMMMM….Gooey!

  16. You did a great job with these. It’s interesting how different people seemed to get different goo-levels with this one. Oven temperature?

  17. I’m glad to hear someone else eats chocolate everyday! 🙂

  18. Just beautiful! I had more fudge than goo, but I was still so so pleased with the outcome!

  19. Nummy cake pictures!

  20. Very nicely done! Your cakes look absolutely decadent.

  21. Chocolate every day is a very good goal. Love the dark fudgey look of yours.

  22. Those look wonderful! I’m an equal opportunity dessert eater, but chocolate really hit the spot this week.

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