Copycat Chili's Molten Lava Cake Recipe (2024)

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Ooey Gooey center, melted icream dripping down the sides, hot fudge drizzled on top. Do I have your attention yet? GOOD! You need to make this!

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If you asked me my favorite dessert, I would tell you Chili’s Molten Lava Cake without any hesitation!

I don’t know if anything gets better than moist chocolate cake with a gooey center topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate shell topping. Seriously, it is perfection! You’ll be shocked how easy this recipe is to make!

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So, we love this recipe so much. You can bake them and then when they have cooled, put them into freezer Ziploc bags and stack them in your freezer.

When you are ready for a delicious dessert, just pull them out of the freezer and thaw at room temp for about an hour.

Here is the recipe for Chili’s Molten Hot Fudge Molten Lava Cakes that make 12 cakes at a time. This is the recipe our mom used when making hundreds for a wedding reception. They are moist and so delicious and use a cake mix.

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Tips when making molten hot lava cakes:

  1. If you don’t have oven safe bowls, you can get some Pyrex bowls HERE. You can also use a muffin tin, but instead of making 4, it will make 6 smaller ones.
  2. I would suggest buying Nestle, or Kroger Milk Chocolate Chips. They just tend to melt better in the microwave.
  3. Make sure you spray the bowls well with non stick spray, so they will come out easier.
  4. Bake on a cookie sheet. This is important just in case it goes over the edge! Then it will be on your cookie sheet instead of burning on the bottom of your oven.
  5. When it is done, don’t let it cool for too long! Remember, you want to eat them HOT and Gooey! (well, at least I do!)

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Serves: 4

Copycat Chili’s Molten Lava Cake Recipe

5 from 1 vote

Ooey Gooey center, melted icream dripping down the sides, hot fudge drizzled on top. Do I have your attention yet? GOOD! You need to make this!

Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 15 minutes mins

Total Time 25 minutes mins



  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips (or semi sweet)
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 Tablespoons flour
  • caramel sauce for drizzling
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Smuckers Chocolate Magic Shellice cream topping for drizzling




Recipe adapted fromI Wash, You Dry


Calories: 571 kcal · Carbohydrates: 58 g · Protein: 6 g · Fat: 36 g · Saturated Fat: 21 g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g · Monounsaturated Fat: 8 g · Trans Fat: 1 g · Cholesterol: 241 mg · Sodium: 263 mg · Potassium: 71 mg · Fiber: 1 g · Sugar: 46 g · Vitamin A: 952 IU · Calcium: 33 mg · Iron: 1 mg


  • Microwave Safe Bowl

  • 4 1 cup, Oven Safe Cups

  • Cookie Sheet

  • Non-stick Cooking Spray

Recipe Details

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

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  1. Monica says:

    Can you make and hold the cooking?

  2. Rachel Radue says:

    I'm confused. What makes the "lava" inside? The warm runny chocolate that's inside the cake????

  3. Cyd says:

    It just happens with the ingredients! Trust us! This is one of our favorite dessert recipes.

  4. CVD says:

    I just made this and it was yummy ?

  5. Wendy says:

    Yes you can..!

  6. Cindy says:

    Can I make them the day before and warm them to surve

  7. Sarah says:

    Do you use plain flour or self rising?

  8. Cyd says:

    We used regular all purpose flour.

  9. Annie says:

    What size of the egg? Medium or large?

  10. Cyd says:

    We always use large eggs.

  11. Mary says:

    Loved this super easy recipe. I wasn’t sure how the large amount of confectioners sugar and the small amount of flour would work out in a “cake”, but it was fantastic. Now one of my grandkid’s go-to dessert recipes. Thanks

  12. Angel says:

    I just tried this but I didn't have a gooey center. I may have placed this in the oven a minute or so longer than I should have. It was delicious though. Thank you for sharing the recipe

  13. Kas says:

    When your mom made these and froze them, how did she warm them for the reception? It's just my husband and I and he does not eat dessert. And fortunately I cannot eat all of them myself LOL.

  14. Cyd says:

    Hi Kas. I am the mom of the Six Sisters. We did not serve them warm for the reception. They were served at room temp. But they are best when served warm. You can easily microwave them and they are so amazing. Maybe microwave for about 20 - 30 seconds. You'll just have to experiment on the length of time to heat them up. Enjoy! They are so yummy. We had hot fudge on them at the reception, so that warmed them up a little. :)

  15. Kait says:

    I don’t understand what makes the runny center. It was just a cake and not super goey either when completely cooked. It must have been I put the cake in the oven a minute or two longer.

  16. Ashley Hall says:

    How long should I cook them in a muffin tin?

  17. Cyd says:

    You will kind of have to keep an eye on them. It will be less cooking time. Cook until the outer edges are set and the middle is still kind of soft.

  18. Deanna says:

    Is it possible to make this dairy free? Could I use coconut oil or Crisco instead of butter? I have dairy free chocolate chips.

  19. Cyd says:

    We have not made this recipe using coconut oil or Crisco. So we can't give you an accurate answer. But if you have used it as a substitute before in a cake recipe that is similar, it will probably work out fine.

  20. Haley says:

    How many lava cakes does this recipe make? I’m excited to try it!

  21. Cyd says:

    This recipe makes 4.

  22. Christym says:

    What size muffin tin was used for this. It sounds very yummy.

  23. Cyd says:

    This is the fluted muffin pan we used.

  24. Leola says:

    Can I make the batter ahead of time and bake later?

  25. Cyd says:

    We have only baked these lava cakes right after making the batter. The good thing is that you can make the batter in 10 minutes or less.

  26. Larry Twoass says:


  27. Pamela Bailey says:

    Do you use milk chocolate chips or semisweet? In your notes above you suggest Nestle or Kroger milk chocolate chips, but the recipe says semisweet.

  28. Cyd says:

    We used Milk Chocolate Chips, but if you love semi sweet that will work too.

  29. Kelly says:

    My kids loved this! It is spot on first chili's lava cake.

  30. Rabia Shaik says:

    I made this today, and I cooked it for exactly 13 minutes, but the middle wasn't runny :(

  31. Lu says:

    I accidentally used more sugar instead of flour...

  32. Kathy says:

    My family loved this cake! It was so easy to make. We will definitely have it again and again.

  33. Rebecca says:

    The instructions say to spray four 1 cup bowls and links bowls on Amazon, but the linked bowls are four cups each. What size bowls should be used in this recipe?

  34. Momma Cyd says:

    Thanks so much for catching that. We have updated the post. Here is the link to the bowls. 6 ounce Pyrex bowls

  35. Joy and Annelise says:

    My daughter and I made these. I didn't think it would work because there is no rising agent in the recipe. But they turned out great!

  36. Ana says:

    Hello! I am new at baking. I wonder - can I substitute the powdered sugar for cocoa powder? Thanks!

  37. Momma Cyd says:

    That will not work out well for this recipe.

  38. Ana says:

    Thanks so much for the reply. I bought the powdered sugar and will try the recipe this weekend! :)

  39. Momma Cyd says:

    Good luck! It's so yummy!

  40. Linda Adkins says:

    These are AWESOME !CAN you make these into brownies maybe 8x8 pan ? What's your thoughts and how long should I bake them ? Thanks

  41. Momma Cyd says:

    We have only made these as directed on the recipe. We have not tried them in an 8x8 inch pan.

  42. Ana says:

    I baked them a while ago and they were heavenly!! I searched and your recipe is the best and easiest of all. I left a couple in the freezer and ate them later and they were so fresh and delicious! I don’t have a Chili’s in NYC but thanks to you I have my lava molten cake! Thanks so much :)

  43. Momma Cyd says:

    We are so glad to hear that you like these copycat Molten Lava Cakes. Have a great week!!

  44. Edith says:

    My guests went wild over it. Thank you for the recipe 👍🏻

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