Tuesdays with Dorie: Gooey Chocolate Cakes




We had a snow storm today. Even though tomorrow is April 1, it was still pretty outside. And it was the perfect night for a warm gooey dessert. Tonight I made Gooey Chocolate Cakes.


I wasn’t planning on serving these until later in the evening, so I picked away at prepping throughout the evening. When it was time, everything came together very easily. The only glitch was after they had been in the oven for 5 minutes. I was cleaning the counter and found my finely chopped chocolates for the tops (or is that the bottoms?). Anyway, I opened the oven, sprinkled on the chocolate, and everything came out fine.

After reading other comments from people, I checked them after 10 minutes but I ended up leaving them for the full 13 minutes called for in the recipe. They came out nicely gooey, as you can see further down.

I used Dorie’s trick of the disposable muffin tin and it worked great. Here they are fresh from the oven:


I didn’t have any problem unmolding them. The really great thing about this recipe is you only have to wait 3 minutes to dig in. Here they are ready to plate:


Yummmm. This one isn’t going to last long:


I don’t think I ate this so much as I inhaled it. I wish that I had ice cream to go with it, but since the snow was coming down, the winds were blowing, and the roads were slippery . . . I stayed in and just savored the warm gooey goodness! Oh yeah . . . my son and husband loved them too.

Gooey Chocolate Cake

From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

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). I usually obsess over testing whether something is done or not, so being unable to test for doneness is a definite plus for me.

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.

Serves 6 (or less if someone is having one of those days)

Tip: These can be reheated the next day for about 15 seconds in the microwave to restore their gooeyness

20 responses to “Tuesdays with Dorie: Gooey Chocolate Cakes”

  1. Wow! They look great…& gooey! Welcome to TWD!

  2. They look great!! Very yummy!

  3. Welcome abaord! Those look very gooey indeed! Did you enjoy them?

  4. Your cakes looks very yummy!!

  5. Looks great! Very molten!

  6. I didn’t have ice cream either…but they were still good!!

  7. Lovely! These go great with a cold glass of milk!

  8. They look great. My husband is not a big fan of dark chocolate, but he loved this!

  9. Yours look wonderful! I love how gooey the center is!

  10. Those look fantastically gooey – awesome job!

  11. Ain’t every day one of those? Yours look the thing to make any day better!

  12. Congrats on your first challenge! Yours turned out lovely and molten. Mine were more fudgy, but they were mighty tasty nonetheless!

  13. Wow! They look ooey and gooey and sinfully rich!

  14. i didn’t have disposable, so i’m glad to know it works well for next time. those are gorgeous and gooey!

  15. Your cakes look perfectly cooked! These would be the perfect dessert to be snowed in with!

  16. Yours look lovely and so extremely gooey!

  17. Oh, your cakes look beautiful. I didn’t get goo in the center of my cakes, and I’m thinking that a)they needed a little less cooking time or b)I should have used foil muffin pans rather than a real metal one.

    I’m glad that these cakes kept your family warm during the snow storm!

  18. Inhaled, haha! So true! these look delicious!

  19. What a great way to battle the late winter blahs. Welcome to TWD!

  20. yum! they look great. i wish i had some ice cream for mine too

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