5 Ingredients or Fewer

Clementine Chocolate Lava Cake

December 20, 2018
Photo by Bobbi Lin
Author Notes

I like to serve these individual chocolate cakes for dessert at the end of long dinner parties (everyone loves chocolate). But more often than not I just end up making a batch, baking one ramekin off for myself right there, and stashing the rest, covered, in the fridge for the next three nights. We spend so much time talking about meal prep, but dessert prep can get you a long way in these colder, darker days. —Eric Kim

Test Kitchen Notes

Featured in: A Clementine Chocolate Lava Cake for Tonight (& 3 More Nights). —The Editors

  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 10 minutes
  • Serves 1 (4 times)
  • 4 ounces dark, bittersweet chocolate (60% or more cacao)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 clementine, zested
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Powdered sugar, for garnish
In This Recipe
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease four 6-ounce ramekins and place them on a sheet pan.
  2. Melt chocolate in the microwave and set aside to cool slightly. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla, clementine zest, and olive oil until light and fluffy. Fold in the chocolate.
  3. Pour batter into the ramekins and bake for 10 minutes, or until just cooked. (The tops should be slightly cracked, the insides hot and gooey.) Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

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Eric Kim is a Senior Editor at Food52, where his weekly solo dining column, Table for One, runs every Friday morning. Formerly the Digital Manager at Food Network, he writes about food, travel, and culture and lives in a tiny shoebox in Manhattan with his dog, Quentin "Q" Compson. His favorite writers are William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, and Ernest Hemingway, but his hero is Nigella Lawson. You can follow him on Twitter @ericjoonho.