Petit Gateau (French Chocolate Lava Cake)

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This French petit gâteau recipe is the finest dessert recipe for a fine dining night at home. Delicious mini chocolate cake with a soft melted chocolate surprise.

This is my favorite dessert in the whole world. An ooey-gooey chocolate mini cake, that when it’s open releases mouthwatering melted chocolate from heaven.

It is also my main option when I have guests in my house that I want to impress, and I don’t have the time to bake for hours. This dessert will only take you 20 minutes (5 minutes preparation + 15 minutes baking).

You can serve it unmolded on a plate (for an elegant presentation) or just in the individual ramekin.

Because I’m such a lazy baker I usually serve them in the ramekin. Fewer dishes to clean!

The famous petit gateau or popularly known as the chocolate lava cake it’s a French dessert that literally means small cake. It combines the techniques of a cake and a sufflé.

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The result is a mini cake with a melted inner that must be served hot and preferably with a portion of vanilla ice cream (the day I took these photos I ran out f ice cream *sad face*). Believe me, the best part of this decadent chocolate dessert is the contrast of the hot cake with the cold ice cream.

This dessert may have variations like including liquors like whiskey or bourbon in the mix to make it a little boozier. Also, the ice cream can be whatever flavor you prefer or you can swap it with fresh raspberries.

The trick for the perfect petit gateau is the temperature of the oven. If you let the mini cakes too much time into the oven you will get a brownie, but if you take the cakes out of the oven too soon they just will crumble. So, set a timer and do not get distracted!

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Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

100% Pure chocolate mini cake, that when it’s open release a mouthwatering melted chocolate splash from heaven.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Servings: 2
  • 200 g dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsp of granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp of self raising flour
  • powdered sugar optional
  • Vanilla ice cream
  1. Preheat the oven to 220º C (420º F)
  2. Melt the chocolate with the butter in the microwave for 3 minutes. Be careful because it is too easy to burn.
  3. In a bowl, we join the eggs and sugar. Mix the dough gently until smooth.
  4. Add the previously melted chocolate and mix well. Also add the flour 1 tbsp at the time.
  5. Spread the molds with a little butter. Put the dough into the molds and then take them to the oven. Let the bake for 15 minutes.

  6. Finally, remove them from the oven and take off the molds with the help of a knife. Serve immediately along with the ice cream. Sprinkled with sugar glass.

I love to mix all and make a delicious mess:

When I eat it at home with ice cream!!!

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