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Molten Chocolate Cherry Cakes


  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen pitted dark sweet cherries, thawed, undrained
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup cherry brandy
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 6 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • Confectioners' sugar


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cut cherries in half; place cherries and their juices in a large saucepan. Add 1/2 cup sugar, cherry brandy and cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Using a slotted spoon, remove 1/4 cup cherries; chop and set aside.
  • 2. In a double boiler or metal bowl over hot water, melt butter and chocolates; stir until smooth. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, egg yolks and remaining sugar until thick and lemon-colored. Beat in cocoa and flour until well blended. Gradually beat in chocolate mixture. Fold in chopped cherries.
  • 3. Transfer to 6 greased 6-oz. ramekins or custard cups. Place ramekins on a baking sheet. Bake until a thermometer inserted in the center reads 160° and sides of cakes are set, 15-17 minutes.
  • 4. Remove from oven and let stand 1 minute. Run a knife around edges of ramekins; invert onto dessert plates. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Serve immediately with warm cherry sauce.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 616 calories, 41g fat (22g saturated fat), 371mg cholesterol, 205mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (49g sugars, 5g fiber), 10g protein.


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