Desserts/ Recipe

Molten Chocolate Lava Fondant Pudding Cake with Pomegranate and Candied Ginger

Good morning sugar loves!
Don’t you just think that there are some things, no matter how trite and redundant and “been done”, you still just love em?


…Like sweatpants and UGGS (Let the record show, I’ve never owned a pair of UGGS).

…Like re-run episodes of Friends.
…Like red and green at Christmas.
…Like 1980’s film Little Shop of Horrors.
….John feels the need to throw his two cents in…Like my singing.
…Or Like chocolate molten lava fondant pudding cake.

And there’s a reason for that. Because it’s fucking delicious. Sweet, oozy, hot chocolately cake, with a side of cold vanilla ice cream = good, my friends.

Anyone who says they don’t like this dessert, is lying. Or doesn’t like chocolate. But who doesn’t like chocolate? Silly bitches.

As I’m sure you’ve read elsewhere, you’ll be hard pressed to find this a hard dish to make. It’s simple really so I added a little homemade pomegranate juice to mine and a little candied ginger – makes it more festive. So even if you don’t celebrate Christmas – or can’t quite get into the Christmas spirit just yet – Festivus for the rest of us! Yes? More festive!

Molten Chocolate Lava Fondant Pudding Cake

Yield 6 small cakes


  • 4 Oz. Good Quality Dark Chocolate (chopped into small chunks).
  • 4 Oz. Unsalted Butter, room temperature + extra for greasing.
  • 2 Pastured Eggs + 1 Egg Yolk, room temperature, lightly beaten.
  • 1/4 C Flour.
  • 1/3 C Sugar.
  • 1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract.
  • Pinch of Salt.
  • 2 Tbsp Pomegranate Juice.
  • To serve: Extra pomegranate seeds, good quality vanilla ice cream, candied ginger and fresh mint.


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees F. Grease 4 oven-proof ramekins with butter; Place on a heavy duty baking sheet. Set aside.
  2. Heat the chocolate and butter in a double boiler over medium heat until melted and silky, stirring constantly. Once smooth, remove from the heat and set aside. If you don't have a double boiler, just place a bowl over a pot with some water in it. Make sure the water will not touch the bowl once boiling - works just as good as a double boiler.
  3. Once the chocolate has been set aside, combine the eggs, salt and sugar in a medium sized bowl. Whisk until fluffy and most of the sugar has dissolved into the eggs. Stir in the vanilla and pomegranate juice.Gently fold in the cooled chocolate/butter mixture. Once combined, add the flour. Stir well.
  4. Pour batter into ramekins, leaving 1/3rd headroom in each container as the cake will rise slightly in the oven. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cake is firm on the sides. You don't want to cook it all the way through or you won't have any ooziness.
  5. Remove from the oven. Use a knife to loosen the sides. Using an oven mitt, carefully place a plate or shallow bowl over a cake filled ramekin. Gently turn upside down so the cake transfers from the ramekin to the plate. Serve with a side of good quality vanilla ice cream.
  6. Eat!
  7. To make pomegranate juice: Take 1 pomegranate. Cut it in half. Careful not to smash your fingers, hold the halfed fruit cut side down and bash the crap out of the top and sides with a wooden spoon - this will release the seeds rather effectively and quickly into a bowl. Remove any pithy parts. Place seeds in a food processor and process on high until all the seeds have been pulverized. Place a fine mesh siv over a bowl and pour the smashed seeds into that. Let the liquid drain into the bowl and voila - pomegranate juice!


Do you have any “that’s-so-over” favorites?
  • Cheap Ethnic Eatz
    November 26, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    lava cakes rules, your is beautifully runny. And thumbs up on the Pomegranate & Candied Ginger.

    • Kristy Lynn
      December 2, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      thank you darling!

  • Lizzy Do
    November 26, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Just sublime…. I make lava cakes every Christmas…trying a new recipe each time. I don’t think I’ve ever found a loser! Yours may be up next…it looks spectacular!

    • Kristy Lynn
      December 2, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      thank you Liz! I think you have a fabulous tradition!!

  • Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    November 27, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    This cake looks amazing! Gorgeous photos too! Friends re-runs and quotables never get old 🙂

    • Kristy Lynn
      December 2, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      agreed, Rachel. “pivot!” …”PIVOT!”. haha

  • luckiest1
    November 27, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    OMG this looks to die for. *tries to resist*

    • Kristy Lynn
      December 2, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      don’t try lisa. just eat.

  • France@beyondthepeel
    November 27, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Oh my gosh these look amazing. These sound like the perfect date night dessert.

    • Kristy Lynn
      December 2, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      oooh i didn’t even think of date night. YES!

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    November 27, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Oh the ooziness! So good.

    • Kristy Lynn
      December 2, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      YOU’RE so good! 🙂

  • Lindsey at NW Backyard Veggies
    November 27, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Are you kidding me with this? I think I just drooled on my computer…

    Done before favorites, huh? Hmmm…The Princess Bride. So done. So over quoted. So my favorite movie ever.

    • Kristy Lynn
      December 2, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      have to be honest: I’ve never seen the Princess Bride all the way through. i know, i’m a sad excuse for a woman in her 30’s.

  • Jen
    November 28, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    This looks so yummy! 🙂 I think I will try to make a variation of this with almond or rice flour. Think it will work?

    • Kristy Lynn
      December 2, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      honestly jen, i have no idea. i’d imagine so though.

  • Shut Up and Cook
    November 28, 2012 at 5:18 AM

    This looks absolutely spectacular and so celebratory.

    Love it!

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets
    November 28, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Oh Maw Gawd!! I completely understand your excitement….must go buy double boiler and baby ramekins. Be right back.

    P.S. Love Little Shop of Horrors. Suddenly Seymourrrrrrr… standing beside me……

    • Kristy Lynn
      December 2, 2012 at 3:05 PM

      BAHAHAHA…. he don’t give me orders…..he don’t condesceeeeennnddd…