Julia Stephan

Senior Food Editor at Kitchen Stories

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“Quel malheur” is a French saying for when something doesn’t quite go as expected. The “quel malheur” moment in this recipe? The molten white chocolate interior of course!

Our community member plastic pine tree sent us her favorite recipe for this delicious and fool proof white chocolate lava cake.

Molten white chocolate cake

Molten white chocolate cake

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Why do we love this recipe?

Our eyes start to shine with joy whenever a molten chocolate cake is on the menu–but baking it at home? Many people are nervous about, or even fear, this kind of recipe—too many things can go wrong.

This community recipe from the plastic pine tree is easy to understand and prepare, for a success every time! You need just 6 ingredients and we bet you already have them at home.

Whisk it all together, bake it off, and in about 20 min. (total!) you’re able to serve your friends or family a restaurant-worthy dessert—no big thing. If you’re not a fan of white chocolate, you can opt for dark or milk chocolate with this recipe. If you don’t have individual ramekins or baking tins at home, you can use a muffin tin instead.

Our tips for making molten chocolate cakes

To prevent the chocolate core from getting firm, make sure to not go beyond the stated baking time.

Met the exact baking time? Then serve your molten chocolate cake immediately. It should never rest or chill but should be served hot and fresh out of the oven.

A little excursion into the world of French desserts

What is the difference between a soufflé, molten chocolate cake, and a mousse? For everyone who has lost the track of theses fluffy French desserts, we’ll give you a little tour:

A soufflé is an airy dish with lots of beaten egg whites which cause the batter to rise in the oven. Even though many people may think of desserts when thinking of soufflés, there are also plenty of tasty savory soufflés made with things like cheese, truffle, meat, fish, or vegetables.

For a molten lava cakes, there’s no need to beat the egg whites. The cake is still fluffy and airy, but the main character of this dessert is the melted chocolate on the inside. Don’t be fooled, as there are soufflés with molten interiors as well.

So, what is a mousse? This dessert is also light, airy, and filled with chocolate, but–here it comes–mousses are generally not baked. The melted chocolate is carefully mixed with beaten eggs and egg whites and left to chill in the fridge until it firms up, and is then served cold or room temperature.

So there you have it! Give this simple, no-fuss chocolate lava cake a try, and we think you’ll be a member of team lava cake for life.

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