Copycat Chili’s Molten Lava Cakes

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Copycat chili’s molten lava cakes recipe is way easier to make than you probably think and that hot fudge oozing out is such a crowd pleaser!

Don’t you dare tell me that you’ve never had a Molten Lava Dessert at Chili’s. Don’t. You. Dare. A few years ago I was in Hawaii and we were STARVING, the first and only restaurant that we found was a Chili’s. Random eh? We had this copycat chili’s molten lava cake for dessert and while we may not really be cake people, this is soooo delicious!

 

Copycat chili's molten lava cakes recipe is way easier to make than you probably think and that hot fudge oozing out is such a crowd pleaser! ohsweetbasil.com

 

The dessert is a moist, chocolate cake filled with a delicious fudge sauce, topped with ice cream that has a homemade magic chocolate shell on it. It is served warm and the cold ice cream is a delicious contrast.

 

Does Molten Lava Cake Need to Be Refrigerated?

No need to refrigerate it.

I just cover mine and reheat each serving (for 10-30 seconds) individually later.

 

Copycat chili's molten lava cakes recipe is way easier to make than you probably think and that hot fudge oozing out is such a crowd pleaser! ohsweetbasil.com

 

To make the cake, you’re just going to use a boxed cake which we will doctor up using sour cream. It makes a really moist cake that holds up well to the fudge inside.

Copycat chili's molten lava cakes recipe is way easier to make than you probably think and that hot fudge oozing out is such a crowd pleaser!

 

In order to make a molten lava cake you need to fill it with hot fudge and then freeze it for a bit so that when you warm up the cake the fudge pours out versus being absorbed by the cake. Does that make sense?

 

Copycat chili's molten lava cakes recipe is way easier to make than you probably think and that hot fudge oozing out is such a crowd pleaser! ohsweetbasil.com

 

Think about poke cakes, you don’t want the fudge absorbed, though that is delicious, instead it’s best to freeze it so that it stays in the center until you want it to come pouring out.

 

Copycat chili's molten lava cakes recipe is way easier to make than you probably think and that hot fudge oozing out is such a crowd pleaser! ohsweetbasil.com

 

I think you could make mini cakes in whatever you want, but mini bunt pans, or Texas sized Cupcake pans work fantastic. We use this jumbo muffin pan which I got off of Amazon. It was cheaper than at other stores and better quality. Yes, quality matters as you don’t want a pan that will quickly brown the cakes.

 

Copycat chili's molten lava cakes recipe is way easier to make than you probably think and that hot fudge oozing out is such a crowd pleaser! ohsweetbasil.com

 

At first I tried to slice off a little from the bottom so that it sat flat, but I found that the sauce seeped through some of them, so instead I just hurried and turned them out onto a wire rack upside down and because they were still hot it just flattened the dome for me. I also think it would be wise to remind you that when you are making your domes be very mindful of how far down your knife reaches. As you are cutting it’s easy to forget and accidentally poke through the bottom.

 

Copycat chili's molten lava cakes recipe is way easier to make than you probably think and that hot fudge oozing out is such a crowd pleaser!

 

We’ve included a great Hot Fudge recipe, but I wont even blink an eye if you skip it and just buy hot fudge from the ice cream section at the store. Though I do think homemade magic shell is far too easy to not do yourself you could buy that as well.

 

Copycat chili's molten lava cakes recipe is way easier to make than you probably think and that hot fudge oozing out is such a crowd pleaser!

 

To make homemade chocolate magic shell you just need chocolate chips, we prefer both milk and semi sweet or straight semi sweet and then coconut oil. Melt, stir and set  aside. If you need to store your magic shell in the fridge as you aren’t serving right away just melt it down again and let it sit before spooning it over the ice cream. It will start to harden right before your eyes and then all you have to do is dig in to your own Copycat Chili’s Molten Lava Cakes!

 

Can Molten Lava Cake be Frozen?

You can make this Molten Lava Cake ahead and freeze up to 2 days.

Then heat in the microwave.

 

Copycat Chili’s Molten Lava Cakes

Copycat Chili's Molten Lava Cakes

Copycat chili’s molten lava cakes recipe is way easier to make than you probably think and that hot fudge oozing out is such a crowd pleaser!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Duncan Hines Fudge Cake Mix
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Chocolate Shell Ice Cream Topping
  • Caramel Sauce

Hot Fudge

  • 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12-oz.) bag semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt

Magic Shell

  • 2 Cups Chocolate Chips (we do half milk half semi sweet or all semi sweet)
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the dry cake mix, eggs, sour cream, milk and oil.
  2. Spray a large Cupcake pan with nonstick spray and evenly distribute batter 3/4 way full. Bake according to package directions.
  3. Turn the cakes out onto their tops creating a “volcano” and allow to cool.
  4. Using a pairing or serrated knife, gently cut a  hole out of the center without going clear to the bottom.
  5. Fill with hot fudge that is cool and then slice off the bottom circle of the piece of cake you removed and place it on the hot fudge hole like a lid.
  6. Freeze for 30 minutes, up to 2 days with plastic wrap over the pan of cakes.
  7. Remove the cakes from the freezer and reheat in the microwave until warm, about 30 seconds.
  8. Top with ice cream, caramel, and magic shell.

Hot Fudge

  1. Melt all of the ingredients in a medium sauce pan over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  3. Continue to boil and stir for two minutes.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and continue to stir for one minute.
  5. Allow the fudge sauce to cool.

Magic Shell

  1. Place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl along with the coconut oil and slowly heat for 30 second intervals, stirring often until melted.
  2. Serve over cold ice cream and it will harden.

These cakes are so great to be made ahead of time, but don’t forget to cover with saran wrap so ice crystals don’t form.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8 large or 16 regular, Serving Size: 1

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 614 Calories
  • Total Fat: 36.1g
  • Cholesterol: 60.4mg
  • Carbohydrates: 71.2g
  • Fiber: 2.8g
  • Sugar: 56.2g
  • Protein: 8g
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54 comments on “Copycat Chili’s Molten Lava Cakes”

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  4. What a fun dessert to make at home!!!

  5. Can you please tell me what pan you used, could not get the link to work. Went on Amazon there were quite a few Texas Muffin pans, don’t want to choose a dud. Can’t wait to make these as a surprise treat for my daughter, she goes to Chili’s just for the lava cake. Thanks!

  6. Can you replace vegetable oil for the coconut oil in the magic shell? And are the cakemix ingredients listed in the recipe? Or is the milk eggs and oil extra?

  7. I have never had one of these at Chili’s, but I don’t care for Chili’s as they put pepper on everything :/

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  12. milk or semisweet chocolate?

  13. What would you recommend if I wanted to reheat these cakes all at once in the oven? What temp and for how long?

  14. we don’t get ready made fudge cake box. Which other cake recipe I can follow?

  15. How many mini cakes does this recipe make?

  16. Sorry to ask this question what is Texas size muffin it is not cupcake pan again I am sorry .thank you

  17. Thank you soooo much chocolate is my sin!! And I have not been able to find the thick thick kind of Hot Fudge you used to be able to get. Your version of Home made Fudge looks just like what I remember my Mom and Grandmother serving. Thick, sweet only got thinner if you heated it up again. Then would cool on ice cream to really thick sauce. Not just run. Well some would but it was soooo good!! I have to try this and the whole recipe. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe with all of us. : )

  18. Hello I loved or recepi but can u pls share the recepi of cupcakes other than the cakemix for above molten cake pls

  19. love the look of the homemade version…do you have a recipe for the homemade magic shell??

  20. Love this cake!! Can’t wait to try out this recipe.
    Just one question… What is the fudge sauce from krysta? Is it a recipe or a ready-made fudge sauce from the store?

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  22. How much is a cube of butter?

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  24. Look delicious ! Guess I’m a little behind finding the recipe. Company coming Sat night..these will be
    Dessert. Thanks !

  25. I just made these. These were absolutely delicious! Your hot fudge sauce is so much better than that stuff you get in the jar.

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  30. I would imagine 1 stick (1/2 cup)

  31. Looks YUMMY, cant wait to try. But can you please tell me what a CUBE of butter is?????

  32. Mmm! I love this variation! I like how you can freeze them and have one whenever you want! Brilliant!

  33. I used to work at Chilis and had WAY to many of these 🙂
    YUM

  34. I seem to remember a couple of other details from that visit…like the waiter being astonished at how fast we ate that yummy dessert & how we could barely refrain from licking the plate!

  35. Never had one, although I do make one very similar, but add berries and whipped cream. Yours looks yummy and it does look like a volcano! Joni

  36. Okay, I won't tell you I've never had one of these (although I've never been to Chili's…)but thanks to your recipe I'll never have to (not) say it again!