Peppermint Hot Chocolate Molten Cake

What better way to give your molten chocolate cake a kick than with peppermint and spice?


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
  • 2 large eggs, pasteurized
  • 2 large egg yolks, pasteurized
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Pinch fine sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Peppermint ganache:
  • 8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 drops peppermint extract
  • Toppings galore:
  • Peppermint ice cream
  • Peppermint whipped cream
  • Crushed peppermint candies
  • Fresh mint leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Butter and lightly flour four 6-ounce ramekins. Tap out excess flour over sink.
  2. Place a nonreactive bowl over a pot of simmering water. Add butter and chocolate to bowl and melt together, stirring occasionally.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs and egg yolks, sugar and salt until pale and thickened.
  4. Whisk chocolate and butter mixture until completely smooth. Using a rubber spatula, quickly fold the chocolate mixture into egg mixture along with the flour until smooth. Add peppermint extract and mix.
  5. Evenly pour batter into prepared ramekins. Transfer ramekins to a rimmed sheet tray and bake in oven until tops are almost set but center is jiggly, about 12 minutes.
  6. In the meantime, prepare ganache. Place chocolate in a nonreactive bowl. Heat heavy cream in a saucepan over medium heat just until cream reaches a boil. Pour hot cream over chocolate and let stand for 1 minute. Stir chocolate with cayenne until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add peppermint extract and stir. Set aside.
  7. Remove cakes from oven and allow to cool in ramekins for 1 minute. Place dessert plate on top of each ramekin and flip cakes. Let ramekins stand for 10 seconds before removing. Drizzle ganache over the tops of the cakes and allow to drip down.
  8. Top cakes with peppermint ice cream, peppermint-flavored whipped cream, crushed peppermint candies and fresh mint leaves.