Copycat "Chili's" Molten Chocolate Cake
- 6 Tbsp
- butter, unsalted (2 tablespoons melted, 4 tablespoons at room temp.)
- 1/2 c
- natural cocoa powder (not dutch-process), plus more for dusting
- 1 1/3 c
- all purpose flour
- 1 tsp
- baking soda
- 1/2 tsp
- baking powder
- 1/2 tsp
- 3 Tbsp
- 1/4 c
- vegetable oil
- 1 1/3 c
- 1 1/2 tsp
- vanilla extract
- 2 large
- eggs, at room temp.
- 8 oz
- bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 1/2 c
- heavy cream
- 4 Tbsp
- butter, unsalted
- 1 Tbsp
- light corn syrup
- caramel sauce, for drizzling
- 1 pt
- vanilla ice cream
FOR THE CAKES:
FOR THE FILLING AND TOPPINGS
How to Make Copycat "Chili's" Molten Chocolate Cake
- 1Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Make the cakes: Brush the four 1 1/4 cup brioche molds or jumbo muffin cups with the 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Dust the molds with cocoa powder and tap out the excess.
- 2Whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Bring milk and 3/4 cup water to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat; set aside.
- 3Combine the vegetable oil, 4 tablesoons room-temperature butter and sugar in a stand mixer and beat with the paddle attachment on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 4 minutes, scraping down the bowl and beater as needed. Add 1/2 cup cocoa powder and the vanilla; beat 1 minute on medium-low speed, then add the remaining egg and beat 1 more minute.
- 4With the mixer on low speed, gradually beat in the flour mixture, then the hot milk mixture. Finish mixing the batter with a rubber spatula until combined. Divide the batter evenly among the molds, filling each slightly more then three-quarters of the way.
- 5Transfer the mold to a baking sheet and bake until tops of the cakes are domed and the centers are barely set, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer the baking sheet to a rack; let the cakes cool until they pull away from the molds, about 30 minutes.
- 6MAKING THE FILLING:
Microwave the chocolate, cream, butter, and corn syrup in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervels, stirring each time, until chocolate starts to melt, 1 minute 30 seconds. Let sit 3 minutes, then whisk until smooth. Reheat before using, if necessary.
- 7Use the tip of the paring knife to gently loosen the cakes from the molds, then invert the cakes onto a cutting board.
- 8Use the knife to cut a 1 1/2 inch circle on the top of each cake, cutting almost to the bottom.
- 9Hollow out the cakes with a spoon; save the scraps. Wrap the cakes with plastic wrap and microwave until steaming, 1 minute.
- 10Drizzle plates with caramel, then unwrap the cakes and place on top. Pour about 3 tablespoons filling into each cake.
- 11Plug the hole with the cake scraps. Save or discard any remaining scraps.
- 12Top each cake with a scoop of ice cream. Spoon more chocolate sauce on top, spreading it thin so it hardens into a shell.