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Chili's Hot Fudge Molten Lava Cake Recipe

Now you can make this gooey, chocolate restaurant favorite right at home.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time16 mins
Total Time26 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chili's molten lava cake, chocolate cake recipe, Copycat Recipe, single serve chocolate cakes
Servings: 12
Calories: 425kcal
Author: Camille Beckstrand


  • Mini Fluted Mold Pan


  • 15.25 ounces chocolate cake mix we use milk chocolate
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 3.4 ounces instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 11 ounces chocolate chips
  • cup hot fudge optional topping
  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream optional topping
  • 1 cup whipped topping optional topping
  • 12 maraschino cherries


  • Spray your pan* with non-stick cooking spray**
  • Mix together cake mix, oil, pudding, and water. Add chocolate chips and gently stir with a spoon so that the chocolate chips don't get crushed.
  • Divide the batter into the 12 molds (or 20-24 if using a muffin tin pan).
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 16-18 minutes (don't over bake! You want these to be moist!).

For Serving

  • Top cake with generous spoonful of hot fudge.
  • Place scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
  • Drizzle more hot fudge on top of ice cream.
  • Top with whipped cream and a cherry.


*We use a Mini-Fluted Mold Pan (you can find one usually at Target or Bed, Bath, and Beyond). This recipe can make 12 cakes using a mini-fluted mold pan. You should be fine to use a regular sized muffin tin pan and make 20-24 smaller cakes. You might need to adjust the baking time and cut it down by a few minutes if you do use a smaller muffin tin pan.
**Baker's Joy spray seems to work well for this recipe. If you use another kind of cooking spray, make sure you spray a lot so that these little cakes slide right out.


Calories: 425kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 506mg | Potassium: 320mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 336IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 2mg