Something about the holiday season demands chocolate—lots of it. The French Room (Adolphus Hotel, 1321 Commerce, Dallas) happily obliges with this unconventional recipe. What’s different? The individual servings of this fragrant, creamy-centered cake are popped out of their molds as soon as the outer edges are done and served piping hot, accompanied by forks and spoons. With raspberry and pistachio sauces providing a cool counterpoint, the results are even better than licking the bowl. No wonder the readers of Gourmet magazine recently named the French Room their favorite Dallas restaurant.

Try this recipe for Hot Chocolate Cake from The French Room, Adolphus Hotel, 1321 Commerce, Dallas.