Copycat "Chili's" Molten Chocolate Cake

Brandy Bender


I AM SOOOOOO ADDICTED TO THIS!!!! I can't get enough of it, you will need to have a sweet tooth to eat this!


★★★★★ 1 vote

30 Min



  • 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

How to Make Copycat "Chili's" Molten Chocolate Cake


  1. Preheat 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.
  2. Whisk 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.
  3. Combine 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.
  4. With 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.
  5. Transfer 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.

    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.
  7. Use the tip of the paring knife to gently loosen the cakes from the molds, then invert the cakes onto a cutting board.
  8. Use the knife to cut a 1 1/2 inch circle on the top of each cake, cutting almost to the bottom.
  9. Hollow out the cakes with a spoon; save the scraps. Wrap the cakes with plastic wrap and microwave until steaming, 1 minute.
  10. Drizzle plates with caramel, then unwrap the cakes and place on top. Pour about 3 tablespoons filling into each cake.
  11. Plug the hole with the cake scraps. Save or discard any remaining scraps.
  12. Top each cake with a scoop of ice cream. Spoon more chocolate sauce on top, spreading it thin so it hardens into a shell.

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