molten chocolate cupcakes

Individual Gluten and Dairy Free Molten Chocolate Cakes

For a non-gluten-free (i.e. regular wheat flour) version click here.

  • 4 tbsp margarine (or butter if not dairy-free)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup finely ground almond meal
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted gently
  • icing sugar to dust

Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly grease 6 small ramekins or line a muffin pan with 6 jumbo muffin liners.

Beat together the margarine and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating between each. Add vanilla.

Combine the almond meal, cornstarch, and salt. Stir into the egg mixture. Mix gently. Stir in the melted chocolate. Do not over mix.

Divide batter between muffin liners or ramekins– should make about 6 molten cakes.

Bake for 8 minutes. The tops should be just set – the centres should be runny – molten…. Set the timer. Take the plunge. Pull them from the oven even if you’re not completely sure.

Serve warm, dusted with icing sugar, and with fresh raspberries and whipped cream or suitable alternative -or just enjoy au naturel.




16 thoughts on “molten chocolate cupcakes

  1. This looks like a good reason to visit Lake Ontario. I will see if I can check it out next year. I am so looking forward to your book launch next year. Have you read the Oakdale Dinner Club? I am thinking about picking it up.

    1. Stacey – yes to all the above! And have just finished reading your last post – ONE. Wonderful.
      You mentioned talking about publishing a comment or two back – you can drop me a line at mechefske [at]

  2. Sounds like you had a wonderful time in Kingston, Lindy… and it sounds like a great place to visit! Let’s see…first I should start off by saying the Joyce Carol Oates and I share a hometown. We were both born, and grew up in Lockport, NY… Mmhmm… impressed, right? 🙂 She lived uptown and I lived in lowertown, but I think she had moved out of Lockport by the time I was born!
    You had me laughing at the Wally Lamb story…I would have loved to hear him speak!
    And these little orgasm cakes? Um, yeah. They definitely speak for themselves! They look, and sound absolutely delish… Right up my alley. ❤ Wonderful post, my love. ❤

    1. Prudy dear Prudy – so happy to hear from you. I’ve never read Joyce Carol Oates but I read you every week. 😉
      I tried to leave a comment on your blog and it would not let me. Will try again but I must have done something wrong in one of the form fields. 😦 Have you gone over to (The dark side….).
      ❤ you!

  3. Wow this dessert looks amazing. I love chocolate (and almonds). Lamb’s story made me so sad. That’s so ridiculous, but it happens. It kind of reminds me of when my wind ensemble played the holidays in a Walmart. I don’t really want to think about it. I also agree with the imbalance between alone and company when it comes to writing or anything creative really. You’ve been so busy lately following your passions. So cool that you’ve discovered all of this. Food and the city looks interesting to me. And you’d mentioned the other blogger before. Interesting premise. Very good post. I’ll have to try this chocolate molten dessert!

    1. Oh Amanda – I love hearing from you & can just picture your wind ensemble playing in Walmart. A fabulous image – such a clash of cultures in one visual. I think it’s enough for an award winning short story. You need to write that!
      Food and the City is a fascinating book. Her talk was amazing – I came away absolutely inspired. She showed slides of people all over the planet growing vegetables and fruit in the tiniest of spaces juxtaposed against photographs of Costco and transport trucks and the choice then seems so obvious.
      And yes – the little molten cakes are really good. Hard to go too far wrong with chocolate and almond. And we do love our chocolate… dont’ we? 😉

  4. Wonderful festival, it sounds like a great event with interesting speakers and people. A place where those who are passionate about the written word is fantastic. Also love the chocolate cakes, yum, GF, DF and orgasmic!

    1. Suzanne – it was inspiring and uplifting to be amongst all that creative energy and thought. I feel so fortunate to live here. You could attend next year. I need to start angling for a food writing stream – there were several food-writing related events. It is certainly an area of growing interest and for good reason – with seven billion of us on the planet all wanting food daily – it is a pretty important topic! 😉

  5. Another lovely post, Lindy! I agree, we are so fortunate to live in this beautiful city! I look forward to the day when you are a featured speaker at Writer’s Fest!

  6. Kingston sounds wonderful and the literary fest even better! Amazing to have such literary stars descending on a small town 🙂 The little cakes look totally delicious!

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