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Chili's Molten Chocolate Cake Copycat Recipe
Chili's Molten Chocolate Cake
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Dessert
Calories: 266
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Recipe Rating: 5.0 (25 reviews)
 
Menu Description: "Warm chocolate cake w/chocolate fudge filling. Topped w/vanilla ice cream under a crunchy chocolate shell."

Get out your "easy" button for this one. The clone recipe for this top-requested Chili's dessert is easy to make—and can even be made days ahead of time. A chocolate fudge cake mix is all you need for the cake part of the recipe or you can use the scratch clone recipe here. The cake batter is poured into the large cups of a Texas-size muffin pan. When the cakes are done and cooled, you make a secret hole where the hot chocolate is loaded. Now you can keep the cakes chilled until dessert time. To serve, heat a cake, plop a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, and top it off with some Magic Shell (a chocolate topping that hardens on ice cream). When your diners dig into the cake, the delicious hot fudge center oozes out of the warm chocolate cake.

For a live demonstration of this clone recipe check out this video.

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 by Todd Wilbur.

Cake
1 18.25-ounce box chocolate fudge or dark chocolate cake mix
1 1/3 cups water
1/2ácup vegetable oil
3 eggs

1 bottle Hershey's hot fudge topping
8 scoops vanilla ice cream
Smucker's Magic Shell chocolate topping

Garnish
Caramel topping (preferably in a squirt bottle)
1. Make the cake batter following the directions on the box of cake mix and pour 1/2 cup of batter into each of the greased cups of a large (Texas size) muffin pan. If your pan has six cups, bake the cakes in two batches of 4 cakes each. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick stuck into the center of one cake comes out clean. Turn all of the cakes out of the pan after they cool.

2. The cakes will be served upside down, so you may have to slice a bit of the domed top off the cakes to help them lay flat when inverted. A serrated sandwich knife works best for this. After you've flipped over all of the cooled cakes, use a sharp paring knife to cut out a 1 1/2-inch diameter cylindrical chunk in the center of the bottom (now the top) of each cake. The hole should be about 1 1/2-inches deep. After slicing straight down into the cake in a circle, scoop out the chunk of cake with a teaspoon and discard the piece. Now you have a secret compartment to conceal the hot fudge payload.

3. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of fudge into each of the holes you've made in the cakes, then store the cakes in a sealed container in the freezer.

4. When you are ready to serve the dessert, drizzle a serving plate with caramel, then place one cake on the plate and heat it up in the microwave for 40 to 45 seconds, or until you see the fudge begin to bubble. Remove the cake from the microwave and let it rest for 30 seconds or so, then place a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of the cake. Pour a coating of Magic Shell chocolate topping over the ice cream and serve. 

Makes 8 desserts.





        
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previous employee  
Submitted on: 12/07/13
I use to be a server at chili's. This is exactly how they make them. The ice cream chili's use's is Blue Bunny Ice cream. Trust me try blue bunny ice cream is the way to go.
I E  
Submitted on: 06/23/11
Better than the restaurant. Made in a cupcake pan and had 24 molten chocolate cupcakes. They were absolutely perfect!!! I also decided to change up the filling, 12 cakes had chocolate filling, 12 had caramel (same brand as chocolate.) Note: if you make this recipe with caramel, microwave cakes for a little less than chocolate.
Pat  
Submitted on: 10/02/09
Having a couple in for dinner this past Sat. night I wanted to have something good. This recipe surpassed my expectations and got more raves than anyone could imagine. Would definately make this again, a keeper, as they say.
Laura  
Submitted on: 05/30/09
Instead of a muffin tin, I baked them in Corningware (7-oz. cups,they call them ramekins). They were bigger, like the Chili's cakes. They do take a little longer to bake - you have to test with a toothpick. A regular cake mix makes about 8 or so. DELISH!
Cathy  
Submitted on: 05/17/09
OMG, could this recipe be any easier. It is truly just like the one I had recently at Chili's. Yummy
Jenn  
Submitted on: 05/13/09
I am actually a manager at Chili's in *^&%#$, ** and this is as true as you can get to making the Molten Choco. Cake at home!!
Meayghan  
Submitted on: 05/07/09
yo this recipie is so awesome(lol) love it. YUMMMMMMMMMM Go Chilis! (lol)
Robert  
Submitted on: 12/10/08
I made this for my parents anniversary and they loved it. Im making it again for my birthday =)
Elizabeth  
Submitted on: 09/27/08
Oh my gosh! I'm twelve and I love to bake. I made this for my two sisters and they loved it!!! (They shared one cause they are only 3 and 2 haha.) Thanks a bunch Todd! Oh, and my dad ADORES twinkies so you really helped him with that one!!! BRAVA!
April  
Submitted on: 09/19/08
I have made these so many times. I also like the caramel on the plate and I put the top back on the cake. I found the Texas sized cupcake pan at my local craft store. I love that you can have them in the freezer ready to go and grab one whenever you're in the mood. It is the best chocolate dessert I've ever had.
BLS  
Submitted on: 02/22/08
We made this last night and it was AWESOME. I used Betty Crocker's Chocolate Fudge cake mix and we too had to use the regular cupcake size but found it to be the perfect size for an individual serving. In our microwave 28 seconds was just the right time. I also saved the TOP part of the cut-out hot fudge well to put back on before freezing and the cupcake was able to withstand the scoop of ice cream on top. THIS is our NEW FAVORITE and super easy--Thanks, Todd!!!
bob  
Submitted on: 02/03/08
Awesome! The guests thought it was from Chili's and we said "no, we made it thanks to topsecretrecipes". It was great for Superbowl.
Tiffany  
Submitted on: 11/25/07
WOW! If you've never tasted heaven, then give it a try with this one! The whole family loved it. My husband even told me that out of all the desserts that I make, this is his new favorite! And that's saying something. I didn't have the large cupcake pan needed, so I improvised, & it came out amazing anyway. This one's not only easy to make, but hard to screw up. And I read someone's previous comment about the caramel syrup on the plate and decided to try that. I definitely recommend it! Pushed a 100% amazing dessert up that extra 10%=110%!
Steven  
Submitted on: 10/15/07
I made this recipe I used cupcake paper to make the cake. It made the cake a little bit small. I cut the bottom of the cake and dug out some of the cake and replaced it with the hot fudge. Then replaced the bottom when the cake and the fudge rested to each other they stuck together. The whole family liked them and even a couple of the neighbor kids loved them.
carol  
Submitted on: 10/09/07
Incredibly easy and yummm! Love the video. You should do this more often.
Len  
Submitted on: 10/08/07
One of your best yet, Todd!
Megan  
Submitted on: 07/26/06
My whole family is addicted to the Chili's desserts and when I found this recipe I was so excited to try it out on them. This was SO EASY to make and taste just like the real thing. My family raved and raved about it. I almost did not want to tell them how easy it was. A few changes I made was adding carmel to the plate before putting the cake on it and it also did not take more than 25 seconds in the microwave to heat up anymore than that made it too hot. Also it made twelve cakes not eight, but who is complaining?!? Also when slicing out the center to put the fudge in I cut the top off the cirlce I cut out and placed back on top of the cake, a much better presentation. Thanks Todd!
Caitlin  
Submitted on: 05/13/06
The Molten Chocolate Cake is delicious! My cousins loved it when I made it! They asked: "How did you get the restaurant Chili's to give you 10 of these?"
Kel  
Submitted on: 04/11/06
This is my daughters favorite dessert - it was VERY good. You really wouldn't know if it was from restaurant or not. YUM!! Thanks - :o)
carolyn  
Submitted on: 03/27/06
This was even better than the orginial! I did have a little trouble when I put the scoop of ice cream on top of the cake, the cake collapsed. My cake was soft and moist, so had to put the ice cream on the side. Our Chili's also squiggles some carmel sauce on the plate first and I did this! Yum!
Carole Ingram  
Submitted on: 03/17/06
YUMMY!!! Tastes very similar to Chili's. This is super easy and if you got kids, they will LOVE it!
Brian  
Submitted on: 03/13/06
YUM YUM! Made this for dessert last night, it couldn't be easier and it looked like it was complicated to make but it wasn't.
Mary Lynne  
Submitted on: 03/10/06
This is my kid's favorite dessert at Chili's. Needless to say, this was a big hit at our house! And it's easy too! Thanks for a great recipe!
pm  
Submitted on: 03/08/06
5 stars and a huge YUM!
Michelle  
Submitted on: 03/07/06
You would never know you didn't just get this from the restaurant. Tastes just like Chili's own molten cake. My kids enjoy whipped cream all over the top too for a special extra.