Winter-Spiced Molten Chocolate Cakes with Rum Ginger Ice Cream

These cakes are great for parties because they can be completely assembled the day before and then quickly baked before serving, for the all-important “ooze” factor.

I had these at Mark and Tony’s.  Delicious — and impressive looking!!!  Trisha

Ice cream

1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened
2 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger
1 tablespoon dark rum

14 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cardamom
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
6 large eggs
6 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups powdered sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
Additional powdered sugar
Crystallized ginger strips

For ice cream:
Place softened ice cream in medium bowl. Using plastic spatula, fold ginger and rum into ice cream. Transfer to airtight container. Freeze ice cream mixture until firm, about 4 hours. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep frozen.)

For cakes:
Generously butter eight 3/4-cup soufflé dishes. Stir chocolate, butter, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and white pepper in heavy medium saucepan over low heat until melted and smooth. Cool slightly. Whisk eggs, egg yolks, and vanilla in large bowl to blend. Whisk in 3 cups powdered sugar, then chocolate mixture, then flour. Transfer batter to prepared dishes, filling to top and dividing equally. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
Preheat oven to 425°F. Bake cakes until batter has risen above dish, top edges are dark brown, and centers are still soft and runny, about 15 minutes, or about 18 minutes for refrigerated batter. Run small knife around cakes to loosen. Allow cakes to rest in dishes 5 minutes. Using hot pad and holding dish very firmly, place plate gently atop 1 cake and invert onto plate. Repeat with remaining cakes. Dust with powdered sugar. Top with crystallized ginger. Serve cakes with rum-ginger ice cream.

Mark and Tony
March, 2004

3 Responses to “Winter-Spiced Molten Chocolate Cakes with Rum Ginger Ice Cream”
  1. Mark says:

    These is one of my favorite desserts. I usually make a full recipe and freeze them. They last quite a while.

  2. Gail Stroupe says:


    The winter spiced molten cakes, etc. sounds awesome….I look forward to making it perhaps for a new year’s eve party we are invited to!!!!

    Thanks for sharing your family’s website with me….you have some great recipes. I am making your mother’s ribs for Christmas.


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