Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 16th July 2010

Gordon Ramsay and his thoughts on Hot Chocolate Fondant – “Whenever I’m asked for my favourite recipe, this is the one.  It has a divine melting texture and the liquid centre is sublime.”

A photo of hot chocolate fondant sliced open with oozing chocolate to show the centre, placed on a white dish and wooden cutting board.

This recipe happens to be one of my favourites as well.  I am a huge chocolate lover and this one definitely delivers in deep-chocolate flavour, the oozing centre is my favourite part.

A photo of hot chocolate fondants in white ramekins placed on a wooden cutting board.

I’ve tried countless recipes for these molten lava cakes but non have compared to this one. Gordon’s Hot Chocolate Fondant recipe couldn’t be any easier to make.

A photo of hot chocolate fondants in white ramekins on an aluminum cookie sheet.

When I’ve made these cakes in the past the most difficult part of the recipe was slipping the cakes out of the ramekins without them falling part.  I am happy to say that was not the case with this recipe they turned out without any problems.  Lining the bottom of the ramekin with parchment paper made the difference.

A photo of a hot chocolate fondant in a white ramekin on a white napkin with a silver spoon.

You can prepare the dessert ahead of time, chill it in the fridge, and then pop in the oven for 12 minutes just before serving and enjoy (that’s the best part)!

A photo of 3 hot chocolate fondants in white ramekins on a wooden placemat.

Are you planning a romantic dinner for 2?  This is the perfect ending to a delicious meal!

A photo of a hot chocolate fondant placed on a white dish on a wooden cutting board.

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Comments (62)

62 Responses to “Want To Learn How To Make Gordon Ramsay’s Favourite Dessert? – Hot Chocolate Fondant”

  1. Ryan Says:

    Someone has the hots for Gordon!! Did you know he started out as a professional soccer player at my team Glasgow Rangers, when he was released by the club as a teenager he decided to become a chef, lucky us eh.

  2. Grace Says:

    Yes I knew that Ryan, I read both of his autobiographies. I am such a huge fan, I am so hoping to meet him one day!

  3. HeelShields Says:

    La Mia Vita Dolce,

    Are the ramekins individual sized? Can I make this and just pop one in the oven when I am ready to partake of this delightful dish? If not individual size, how many individual sized ramekins would it take for this receipe?

  4. Stacey N. Says:

    This recipe looks so yummy and you’re right – really easy! Maybe I’ll make it for my hubs one day – if he’s lucky!

  5. Grace Says:

    Hi Krystal, the recipe makes 4 but I got lucky and got 5 out of the batter, the ramekins I used were 3 1/2 inches wide by 1 3/4 deep. They are absolutely delicious, be careful don’t over bake, you want the chocolate to ooze out when you cut into it. Yes, you can keep in fridge until you are ready to bake, may need an extra couple of minutes to bake from chilled. Enjoy!

  6. Grace Says:

    Stacey lucky for him but also for you (if you know what I mean).

  7. Heavenly Housewife Says:

    I have tried a few of Ramsay’s recipes and they all come out good. One of my fav’s is his chicken tikka masala. Its become a staple at my house. The fondant looks amazing. I’m going to book mark this.
    *Kisses* HH

  8. Memoria Says:

    I don’t know if chocolate is better than sex (at least not in my world hahaha), but it is a close second!! This fondant looks perfect. Great photos.

  9. Grace Says:

    Going to have to try the chicken tikka masala, I agree his recipes are always great!

  10. Grace Says:

    Thanks Memoria, loved your interview on Marly’s site, you’re such an incredible woman!

  11. Marly Says:

    Looks like another homerun…or should I say gooooallll! This recipe looks perfect for a romantic evening…now for the romance…

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  13. Latief@AnotherBlogger Says:

    Its always yummy! Grace ;)

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  15. Adam Says:

    You talked so much about romance and sex with this desert. I was going to make it for my mom, but now it’s just awkward.

  16. Grace Says:

    Adam, sorry, I didn’t mean to make you feel awkward, I made it for my kids. It really is a delicious dessert. If your Mom is a chocolate lover she will be very thankful that you made it for her.

  17. Alex Says:

    I jsut tried these and although it tastes fantastic 12 minutes isnt enough to make a dessert that holds its shape. i have doubled the time and it is still a little gloopy so id recommend putting them in for 30 mins

  18. Grace Says:

    Hi Alex, wow can’t believe it took so long for yours to hold the shape, recipe called for 12 minutes and it worked fine for me (could depend on stove, I have an older stove so I use an oven thermometer to make sure I get the right temp). I’ve tried a few different recipes and I have found with those that I needed a longer cooking time but for this one it seemed to work out fine, I was surprised the 1st time I made it. Sorry about that, thank you for commenting so others can see your tip.

  19. Joe Says:

    This kind of reminds me of Dominoe’s(?) Lava Crunch Cake.

  20. Hannah Says:

    I made this today for dessert, and my family and I loved it. It was pretty simple too. I would probably make this again. Thank you for posting this.

  21. Grace Says:

    Happy you enjoyed it Hannah, one of my favourites.

  22. Joe Davola Says:

    I wasn’t aware that he liked ANYTHING. On the rare occasion that I flip pass his show he is complaining about how something sucks with the “f” word being every other word out of his mouth!

  23. Grace Says:

    You are so right Joe, he is an acquired taste but his recipes are always delicious!

  24. molly Says:

    Do you need an electric whisk for this, or will a regular one work? I’m not sure I own one.

  25. Grace Says:

    Molly my electric beater has a whisk attachment but I think the regular beaters should work as well, you could whisk by hand but it would take quite a while and some elbow grease to get it whipped enough.

  26. Beverly Says:

    What an awesome looking chocolate dessert! The guy knows how to create!

  27. Grace Says:

    Yes he does, he is my absolute favourite!

  28. Jim Says:

    every time i try this, it collapses/explodes/generally goes wrong. tough recipie, but great if it works out!

  29. Nik Says:

    yummy…yum very Delicious

  30. Grace Says:

    Jim I’ve tried many different recipes and I had quite the difficult time, in fact the ones I made prior to this recipe I couldn’t get out of the ramekins. Fortunately this one was a piece of cake, slid right out, I lost just a tad on the side but not enough to really notice. I was so excited. It has now become my go to recipe and it is fantastic!!!

  31. Sarah Says:

    So I made this for the kids, and they really liked the centers. It took about 17 minutes to cook in my oven.

  32. Manu @ Chez Manu - Italian Home Cooking Says:

    These look sooo yummy! Will give it a shot soon! Thanks for posting!

  33. Kristina Says:

    Yum. I’m all over this. Thanks for the recipe!

  34. Cheryl Says:

    Made these last night for valentine’s dessert. They turned out great! Very rich though, could only eat half (wish I had the other half now!) This is a really easy make-ahead dessert. The recipe only makes 2 small fondants but can easily be doubled or tripled. I made them in advance and let them sit on the countertop until I was ready to bake. 12 minutes = perfect!

  35. Grace Says:

    Glad you enjoyed Cheryl! I was able to get 4 fondants out of this recipe, what size dish did you use?

  36. Scotty Says:

    When is thecocoa added? Just for dusting?

  37. Grace Says:

    Hi Scotty, after you grease the ramekins with butter, cut a little parchment square and place on the bottom of the ramekin, then butter the square, then add a little cocoa to each ramekin and swirl around to well coat the inside of the ramekin (sides and bottom). Place in the refrigerator until you are ready to fill. This well help to remove the fondants with ease. Hope you enjoy!

  38. cheryl fournie Says:

    Do I have to bake these in Ramekins or could I increase cooking time and use one dish?

  39. Grace Says:

    Cheryl I have never made these in anything other than ramekins or small heatproof bowls. It would be most difficult to judge the cooking time because you want the filling to ooze out. Let me do a little research and see if I can find any recipes that use a larger baking vessel. Check back a little later today if you can, better yet if I find one I shall email you directly.

  40. Jess Says:

    hey, when you say finely granulated sugar, do you mean confectioners or powdered? or you you mean regular granulated?

  41. Grace Says:

    Hi Jess, that is regular sugar, not confectioners or icing. When I list caster sugar, that is very fine granules, it dissolves quicker.

  42. ye Says:

    this is an awesome pc of cake!!

  43. Linda Says:

    HOW MANY DAYS, OR HOURS, CAN THE BATTER FOR THE FONDANT BE MADE BEFORE BAKING.
    I AM LOOKING FOR RECIPES THAT CAN BE MADE AT LEAST 2 DAYS AHEAD OF TIME..
    THANK YOU!

    CAN THIS BE STORED AFTER BAKING AND HEATED? WHICH IS BEST?

  44. Grace Says:

    Linda I’ve not made this particular lava cake two days in advance, I can never wait that long but I think it would be fine, just keep in mind you will need to increase the cooking time by two or three minutes if you put them in the oven directly from the refrigerator. If you want the lava texture you need to serve once baked. They are delicious rewarmed but do not have the same oozy consistency.

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  52. evie Says:

    Am I right in thinking these have to be turned over on to a plate to serve ie. the bottom beomes the top?

  53. Grace Says:

    You are absolutely correct Evie.

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  56. Sonya Says:

    You know, I gave this recipe a shot. After being heart broken over millions of other “lava-cake” recipes, I mustered the courage to try this one. And I CANNOT thank you enough. They were PERFECT!
    Got 4 perfect fondants out of these. I even added a tiny brick of dark chocolate in the center for extra gooey-ness (that’s a word?)- yummy!
    The 12 minute time is PERFECT.
    Buttering the ramekins, dusting cocoa powder AND lining with parchment, you just cannot go wrong. I waited for 2 minutes before transferring these onto a plate.
    Muslims are fasting all over the world this month and it may not have been the healthiest thing, but guess what I broke my fast with? :) I think God was already rewarding me for my commitment to Him! YAY!
    Thank you so much.

  57. Grace Says:

    Sonya I am so happy you enjoyed them, these are one my guilty pleasures.

  58. Ella Says:

    Hi Grace,

    I happened to stumble upon your site last night and I’m SOOO glad I did!! My family has many chefs in it, and my mum is the only pastry chef. I lost my taste for sweets at a very early age and only learned how to make savory dishes. Now, ironically, I’m marrying a man with the BIGGEST sweet tooth (he likes a little bit of coffee with his sugar haha, I’m not even slightly kidding). Anyway, I wanted to make him more than savory dishes so I made it my mission to find the best recipes and found yours :) so I just wanted to thank you for putting this together, I’m so excited to make everything on here (so is my fiance haha)….Oh, one last thing, I really love the pictures! They are a HUGE help and I really appreciate the different plating ideas :)

    Thanks Again!
    Ella

  59. Grace Says:

    Congratulations Ella! It appears your fiance takes his coffee like I do, everyone always teases me too, would you like a bit of coffee with your cream and sugar? And thank you for the compliments on the images, my daughter snaps the photos for me, I am so proud of her!

  60. Ella Says:

    Thank you! My fiance thanks you too (he said he’s your #1 fan now haha) he’s in heaven knowing I’m going to try all of the recipes. Your daughter takes beautiful pictures and you have such amazing plating skills

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