Mint Chocolate Pudding Cakes

I was recently invited to lead a cooking session with a Girl Scout troop. For days the hostess and I deliberated on what to cook. We finally settled on these luxurious chocolate pudding cakes, because 1) they’re easy to make, 2) they could be prepped, cooked, and eaten in the allotted time (about an hour), and 3) everyone loves chocolate.

The recipe is from Bon Appétit magazine. The cakes are generally inverted and served with ice cream, which is how I first enjoyed them at a friend’s dinner party. However, these particular pudding cakes (pictured), made with the loving care of Troop 2656, just did not want to invert (the buttering of the ramekins was probably a bit too thin).

When I made them again today, they cooked almost all the way through. So, lessons learned—butter well, and make sure to keep your eye on the ramekins in the oven. Start checking at about 9 minutes. The cakes should be like mini volcanoes—cake on the outside and molten lava chocolate on the inside.

Mint Chocolate Pudding Cakes Recipe

  • Yield: Serves 6


  • 6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


1 Preheat oven to 375°F. Generously butter six 3/4-cup (6 ounce) ramekins. Cut the butter into pieces and heat the chocolate with the butter in small, thick-bottomed saucepan over low heat, stirring, until melted and smooth. Remove the pan from the burner and let cool slightly.

2 With an electric mixer, beat the eggs, egg yolks, and the sugar until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Add the flour and beat until incorporated. Add the chocolate mixture, the peppermint extract, and the salt. Beat just until incorporated. Pour the chocolate mixture into the prepared ramekins. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet.

3 Bake the cakes until the edges are set but the centers look shiny and still wiggle like jello when the ramekins are lightly shaken, 10-11 minutes. (Start checking at 9 minutes.) Remove the cakes from oven; let cool for 5-10 minutes.

Either serve as is, in the ramekins, or run a knife around the edges of the cakes and invert on to individual dessert plates.

Serve with raspberries, mint leaves, vanilla or mint ice cream, or whipped cream.

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Making Chocolate Pudding with Girl Scouts
Cooking with Troop 2656 (more photos)

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  • shuna fish lydon

    O my God you could just die from the cuteness of this!

    Can I come to the next class even though I’m a boy sometimes? You’re the best Elise.

  • Michelle

    Wow — these look like a great substitute for the long lull between Thin Mint availability! Thanks for always providing such great variety in recipes; I’ve come to rely on your site more often, and my husband is never disappointed.

  • Donna A.

    This sounds really yummy! I was wondering if there is away to replace the mint extract with another flavor? What would you sudjest?
    Donna A.

  • Kalyn

    What an adorable bunch of budding young food bloggers! Looks like you had a lot of fun teaching them something about cooking. These kids look like they’re about the age of my students, who are 9 or 10. It’s a great age to start learning to cook.

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