ArrowDownFill 1arrow-small-lineFill 1Cooking Light - EasyCooking Light - FastCooking Light - So GoodCooking Light - How-ToCooking Light - Staff FaveCooking Light Badge - Wow!GroupClose IconEmailEmpty Star IconLike Cooking Light on FacebookFull Star IconShapePage 1 Copy 3Page 1 Copy 2Grid IconHalf Star IconFollow Cooking Light on InstagramList IconMenu IconPrintSearch IconSpeech BubbleFollow Cooking Light on SnapchatFollow Cooking Light on TwitterWatch Cooking Light on YouTubeplay-iconWatch Cooking Light on Youtube

Warm Chocolate Cake with Citrus

Photo: Leigh Beisch
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 1 ramekin)
Prep: 15 minutes (plus 10 minutes to cool) Cook: 36 minutes. Elizabeth Falkner whips up edible magic daily as executive chef and owner of two renowned San Francisco bakeries, Citizen Cake and Citizen Cupcake. In honor of Valentine's Day, here's a romantic dessert adapted from Falkner for you and your honey, although it's just as fitting for gossip with the girls. This rich dessert can be served either warm or cool (note: It becomes much fudgier when cool).


  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (such as Scharffen Berger)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/16 teaspoon salt
  • Tangerine, blood orange, or mandarin orange sections

Nutrition Information

  • calories 299
  • fat 23 g
  • satfat 11 g
  • monofat 5 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 6 g
  • carbohydrate 25 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • cholesterol 121 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 110 mg
  • calcium 28 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Place hazelnuts on a baking sheet; bake at 350° for 15 minutes, stirring once. Turn nuts out onto a towel; rub off skins. Chop nuts finely.

  3. Coat 4 (4-6 ounce) ramekins with cooking spray, and coat the insides of the ramekins with chopped hazelnuts.

  4. Combine chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave on HIGH 1 minute, stirring every 30 seconds until mixture is smooth. Set aside.

  5. Combine eggs, sugars, and salt in a bowl; beat with mixer on high speed until pale and roughly tripled in volume (about 5 minutes).

  6. Gently stir one-fourth of egg mixture into chocolate mixture; gently fold in remaining egg mixture. Divide batter evenly among ramekins. Place ramekins in a baking pan; add hot water to pan to a depth of 1 inch. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until puffy and set.

  7. Remove ramekins from pan; cool on a wire rack 10 minutes or until cool to touch.

  8. Top ramekins with tangerine, blood orange, or mandarin orange segments.

  9. Note: Nutritional analysis includes Sugars 20g.