Copycat Chili’s Molten Lava Cake

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Homemade molten lava cakes are way easier to make than you’d think, and that hot fudge oozing out is such a crowd pleaser! Don’t forget to serve with a scoop of ice cream! 

Copycat Chili’s Molten Lava Cake

Copycat Chili’s Molten Lava Cake


Molten Lava Cakes

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

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


Make the Lava Cakes:

  • In a large bowl, stir together the dry cake mix, eggs, sour cream, milk and oil.
  • Spray a large Cupcake pan with nonstick spray and evenly distribute batter 3/4 way full. Bake according to package directions.
  • Turn the cakes out onto their tops creating a “volcano” and allow to cool.
  • Using a pairing or serrated knife, gently cut a hole out of the center without going clear to the bottom.
  • 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.
  • Freeze for 30 minutes, up to 2 days with plastic wrap over the pan of cakes.
  • Remove the cakes from the freezer and reheat in the microwave until warm, about 30 seconds.
  • Top with ice cream, caramel, and magic shell.

Make the Hot Fudge:

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

Make the Magic Shell:

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

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Copycat Chili’s Molten Lava Cake

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