Red Wine Chocolate Lava Cakes

These perfectly portioned molten cupcakes combine two of your favorite things—red wine and chocolate.

When cut open, this easy yet decadent dessert oozes with a gooey chocolate center that pairs perfectly with the wine-and-chocolate ganache drizzled on top.

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped, divided
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons red wine, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 6 cups of a muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. Place 3 ounces chocolate and 4 tablespoons butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High for 1 minute. Stir, then continue microwaving, if needed, stirring every 15 seconds, until completely melted. Let cool slightly. Whisk in 1 tablespoon wine, eggs, egg yolk, vanilla and salt. Sift confectioners’ sugar, flour and cocoa over the batter and whisk until smooth. Divide the batter evenly among the 6 prepared muffin cups, using about ¼ cup each.
  3. Bake the cakes until the edges look dry and puffed but the centers still look soft and gooey, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack until firm, about 2 minutes. Place a cutting board on top of the pan and invert the cakes out onto it. If they stick, run a knife around and under them to loosen.
  4. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 ounce chocolate and 1 tablespoon butter in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High for 1 minute. Stir, then continue microwaving, if needed, stirring every 15 seconds, until completely melted. Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon wine. Using a thin spatula, transfer the cakes to serving plates. Drizzle the cakes with the chocolate sauce, about 1 teaspoon each. Serve warm.
  • Equipment: Muffin tin with 6-12 ( ½-cup) cups