Chili's Molten Lava Cake Copycat Recipe

With a little bit of planning ahead (there is a little freezing before baking involved, so be sure to read the whole recipe ahead of time!), this recipe is super simple to pull off and quite impressive in the end.

I plated my cakes with a drizzle of Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce and a generous topping of Homemade Magic Shell. So be sure to click through to those easy and delicious recipes to make your molten lava cakes extra fantastic!

Chili's Molten Lava Cake Copycat Recipe

Chili’s Molten Lava Cake Recipe & TNT’s On The Menu

Yield: 4 cakes


  • 16 ounces ready-to-spread chocolate frosting
  • 1 box Devil's Food cake mix
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 ounces chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 1 1/4 cup water



Prepare 1-2+ hours ahead of time:

  1. Use a cookie scoop to portion out 4 heaping tablespoons of the chocolate frosting on to a lined baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 1-2 hours until frosting is very firm.

Preheat oven to 350ºF. GREASE AND FLOUR four mini bundt pans.*

  1. Mix together the cake mix, vegetable oil, pudding mix, and water until batter forms.
  2. Divide the batter evenly among the four mini bundt pans.
  3. Gently press a portion of the frozen frosting into the center of each bundt pan, pressing it into the batter. Use a spatula to gently spread some of the batter over the frosting, sealing it inside.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove and let cool for at least 15 minutes before inverting onto a plate and serving warm with the caramel sauce, ice cream, and magic shell.


*I used these Wilton 4.4" Mini Fluted Tube Pans (

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