Luscious Miniature Chocolate-Almond Cakes: A French Recipe

Updated on January 6, 2020
RyanCThomas profile image

Ryan Thomas is a university student who enjoys cooking recipes from a wide variety of culinary traditions.

This is a recipe that has a great many allusions to chocolate lava cake, although the usage of almond flour gives it a smoother and nuttier taste (the particular process of cooking the butter also contributes to this flavor and texture). It is relatively simple and fast to make, and the end result is extremely decadent and gloriously chocolaty, with a rich chocolate component that is just slightly undercooked so that the cake has a liquid-chocolate core much like a cross between a pudding and a cake. Sprinkled with some powdered sugar on top, eating it is a heavenly experience. Also, while I didn't try it myself, consider possibly making orange or other various flavor versions with the addition of flavor extracts!

This recipe is adapted from Simply French by Patricia Wells, a quite good cookbook that has a variety of main courses, vegetable dishes, appetizers, salads, and desserts.

Click thumbnail to view full-size


  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 4 oz dark or semisweet chocolate
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup fine almond flour
  • 4 egg whites, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon honey


  1. First, melt the butter. Cut 8 tablespoons of butter (one stick of butter), into pieces, and put them in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook it for around 4 minutes, and the butter will transform into large frothy bubbles, a clear golden substance, and finally will start to turn brown and emit a nutty flavor. At this point, remove from heat and switch to another vessel such as a heatproof ceramic or a metal bowl.
  2. Use a small saucepan (such as the previously used one), and place the 4 oz of chocolate in it, finely chopped, and heat it through a double boiler method over high heat until the chocolate is mostly melted. At this stage, remove from heat and allow it to finish melting by the residual heat.
  3. Combine together the powdered (confectioner's) sugar, the flour, and the fine almond flour, and mix together. Add in the chocolate and combine it together. Add the browned butter and the honey. Then proceed to fold in the 4 beaten egg whites.
  4. If one plans to later remove the cakes from their ramekins or appropriate cooking vessels, grease them thoroughly with butter, butter and flour, or non-stick cooking spray. Otherwise, just distribute the batter into ramekins or other small cooking vessels, reasonably evenly. Cover, and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to cool and firm.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, then place the ramekins full of the chocolate batter into them for 20 minutes, enough time that it still leaves the center under-cooked but they are starting to be finished. Remove from the oven, and allow to cool, then consume. Powdered sugar is a great addition.
Cast your vote for Miniature Chocolate Almond Cakes

Questions & Answers

    © 2018 Ryan Thomas


      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No comments yet.


      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

      Show Details
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
      ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)