Molten Chocolate Cake

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Molten Chocolate Cake
Intensely chocolatey with a molten truffle chocolate center, these small cakes are based on chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's signature dessert. Get the recipe for Molten Chocolate Cake »Laura Sant

In 1999, while I was in Singapore developing new menus at Club Chinois, I invited Jean-Georges Vongerichten to fly over and cook with me at the World Gourmet Summit. It was the first time I had ever tasted his famous molten chocolate cake. I loved the soft sponginess of the cake's outer layer, similar to the texture of our Asian moon festival cake, but the best thing for me was the surprise inside—an oozing lava of melted chocolate. Since then, I've prepared this cake exactly the way Jean-Georges instructed, but with a Southeast Asian twist: I put caramelized jackfruit and banana inside. The jackfruit adds an exotic, intense flavor—quite aromatic. I hope it's not too late to say thank you to Jean-Georges for this wonderful and useful recipe. —Susur Lee, Lee Restaurant, Toronto