Make Ahead

Hot Chocolate "Love" Cake

August 11, 2023
2 Ratings
Photo by LIATK
  • Prep time 45 minutes
  • Cook time 20 minutes
  • Serves 8-10
Author Notes

This chocolate cake is named the "love" cake because it brought my husband (a chef from Italy) and me together back in 2007 when I asked him for the recipe in his restaurant in Chianti. We've been married for 13 years now and love making this cake as a featured dessert during our cooking classes and dinner parties.

The cake is a deep, dark chocolate cake that is baked in a ramekin and a bit of a cross between a chocolate souffle and a lava cake. The cake has a lovely pudding-like middle and is served warm with a beautiful scoop of vanilla gelato on the side along with fresh raspberries.

This one is worth the extra bit of time to make. We hope it brings you love as well. —Love in a Tuscan Kitchen

What You'll Need
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate, chopped (use 60-70 percent chocolate)
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour (AP)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Melt together the butter and chocolate in a bowl over a water bath. You can create a water bath by placing a glass or metal bowl above a medium saucepan filled with water (half full). Warm the water over medium heat. The water should not be touching the bottom of the bowl. You can also use the microwave on 50 percent power for 1 to 2 minutes to melt the chocolate and butter together in a glass bowl. Set aside the melted chocolate to cool slightly.
  3. Beat the eggs and sugar together well with a hand or stand mixer on medium until the mixture is creamy and light yellow—around 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Slowly add the melted chocolate mixture (a little at a time) to the egg/sugar mixture.
  5. Next add the dry ingredients: flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Mix by hand with a whisk for 1 to 2 minutes until the mixture is smooth.
  6. Spray ten individual ramekins (4-6 oz. size) with spray oil or coat the inside well with butter.
  7. Pour the chocolate mixture into the ramekins, filling about ¾ full.
  8. Bake cakes at 375 degrees for 12 to 14 minutes (it’s better to undercook than overcook these, the middle should remain a bit melted).
  9. Turn the ramekins upside down on a small plate to turn out each individual cake. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and berries.

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2 Reviews

[email protected] August 14, 2023
This is one of my favorites when I’m looking for individual chocolate desserts! Delicious, deep flavors, easy to make.
There are many wonderful recipes, including this one, in the book Love in a Tuscan Kitchen!
I refer to it often when I’m craving an Italian meal😋!
RobynG August 13, 2023
A favorite recipe! Have had the chance to try this at the cooking class. I have made it also! A must try if you Love chocolate.