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Warm Chocolate Melting Cups

These little cakes have become a favorite of our guests. They are always surprised that such a chocolaty dessert is so light­—less than 200 calories apiece! —Kissa Vaughn, Troy, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon brewed coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 large egg white, room temperature
  • Sliced fresh strawberries, optional


  • In a small saucepan, combine 3/4 cup sugar, cocoa, flour and salt. Gradually stir in water. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in the chocolate chips, coffee and vanilla until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • In another bowl, beat eggs and egg white until slightly thickened. Gradually add remaining sugar, beating until thick and lemon-colored. Fold into chocolate mixture.
  • Transfer to ten 4-oz. ramekins coated with cooking spray. Place ramekins in a baking pan; add 1 in. of boiling water to pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or just until centers are set. Garnish with strawberries if desired. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
1 dessert: 197 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 51mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Danielle
    Feb 21, 2020

    Is there anything you can sub for the coffee? We’re not coffee drinkers. Thanks

  • waxqueen
    Feb 21, 2020

    has anyone tried cutting the recipe in half? I would definitely eat them if there are too many left over!

  • DebbieT
    Jul 15, 2019

    Wow! Easy and super delicious!

  • Psalm127-3
    Feb 12, 2018

    for no name Feb 5-I go to thrift stores just to see what I can find and ramekins are 90% available-like set of 4 matching glass dark cobalt blue $3

  • Anonymous
    Feb 5, 2018

    I don't have ramekins-does anyone have a suggestion of what else I could use? Thanks in advance

  • lstclair
    Feb 4, 2018

    No comment left

  • lakejls
    Dec 14, 2017

    To answer the silerk question: Yes, this recipe is quite similar to a Molten Lava Cake.

  • silerk
    Mar 30, 2017

    I'm not sure if I made them incorrectly or if they are supposed to be NOT cake like. My cups came out very much like a pudding with a crispy crust on top. Is that right?

  • Lynn49Too
    Sep 6, 2016

    Has anyone attempted this recipe using Splenda or Splenda brown sugar as a substitute for white sugar? I'm curious if it would would sure cut the calories!!773 calories in one cup of sugar...even divided it's too many for this gal's diet! How about we cut those calories to about 100 total calories from Splenda sugar? :)

  • Melsie49
    Jan 15, 2015

    This recipe is definitely a keeper. Quick and easy, plus they hold nicely for another day or to make ahead.