Molten Chocolate Mousse Cups

Photo: Peden & Munk; Styling: Amy Wilson  

Bake this chocolate mousse straight out of the freezer. It couldn't be easier.

Yield: Makes 12
Recipe from Sunset

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Recipe Time

Total: 1 Hour
Freeze: 3 Hours

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 362
  • Calories from fat: 68%
  • Protein: 5.5g
  • Fat: 28g
  • Saturated fat: 15g
  • Carbohydrate: 33g
  • Fiber: 2.3g
  • Sodium: 54mg
  • Cholesterol: 136mg


  • 14 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar


  1. 1. Put chocolate and butter in a medium metal bowl and set bowl over (not touching) simmering water in a pot. Heat until chocolate is almost completely melted; remove from heat, stir until smooth, and set aside.
  2. 2. With a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk egg whites and salt in a bowl until foamy. With mixer still on, slowly rain in sugar and whisk until soft peaks form.
  3. 3. Stir yolks into chocolate mixture until completely blended. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in whites. Divide mixture among 12 small freezer- and ovenproof coffee cups or ramekins (4 oz. each). Cover each cup with plastic wrap and freeze at least 3 hours and up to 2 weeks.
  4. 4. Preheat oven to 325°. Set ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet, remove plastic wrap, and bake until puffed, cracked on the edges, and just wet-looking in the center, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cakes cool 10 minutes before serving.
  5. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
Also featured in: Sunset, February 2010
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