How to make chocolate fondant cake

Written by on November 5, 2019 in Desserts

Chocolate fondant cake on a tray

This gooey-centred chocolate pudding is irresistible! It’s not known exactly who invented it or when though french chef Michel Bras claims to be the creator. But, whoever it was, we should all be thankful for this mellow, melt-in-your mouth classic. Here’s how to make chocolate fondant cake at home…

Ingredients for 4

2 oz bittersweet chocolate (70%)
2 fl. oz. cream
7 oz. bittersweet chocolate (70%)
3.5 oz. butter
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
4 oz. icing sugar
1.5 oz. all-purpose flour
Icing sugar for dusting


Make the ganache filling first: Place 2 oz. of chopped chocolate in a heatproof mixing bowl.

Heat the cream until it’s just reaching boiling point then pour over the chocolate and mix until the chocolate is fully melted and the mixture is fully blended.

Let the mix cool at room temperature then put in the fridge for 30 minutes. After that put it in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400F/gas mark 6/200C.

Grease four ramekin dishes or moulds with butter then put in the fridge until you’re ready to use them.

Melt the 7 oz of chocolate with butter in a bain marie or bowl over a pan of boiling water, stir gently until fully melted. Keep it warm while you move to the next stage.

Whisk the eggs, yolks and icing sugar until the pale and frothy then sift in the flour. Add the melted butter and chocolate and fold into with a spatula until fully blended.

Fill the chilled moulds up to about just over halfway with the mixture. Remove the chocolate ganache from the freezer and cut into small cubes, about 1 inch square, and push one into the centre of each mould. Then cover with the rest of the chocolate mixture until the mould is full.

Place the moulds on a baking tray and bake for about 12 to 15 minutes at 400F by which time they will rise.

Remove from the oven, and carefully unmould them.

Dust icing sugar over the top and serve straight away with ice cream, custard or cream – pure delight!

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