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Chili's Molten Chocolate Cake

Score: 4.96. Votes: 25
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Menu Description: "Warm chocolate cake w/chocolate fudge filling. Topped w/vanilla ice cream under a crunchy chocolate shell."

Get out your "easy" button for this one. The clone recipe for this top-requested Chili's dessert is easy to make—and can even be made days ahead of time. A chocolate fudge cake mix is all you need for the cake part of the recipe. The cake batter is poured into the large cups of a Texas-size muffin pan. When the cakes are done and cooled, you make a secret hole where the hot chocolate is loaded. Now you can keep the cakes chilled until dessert time. To serve, heat a cake, plop a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, and top it off with some Magic Shell, (a chocolate topping that hardens on ice cream) that you can make from scratch with my recipe here. When your diners dig into the cake, the delicious hot fudge center oozes out of the warm chocolate cake.

For a live demonstration of this clone recipe check out this video.

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 by Todd Wilbur.
Try my improved version in Top Secret Recipes Step-by-Step.

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  • 1 15.25-ounce box chocolate fudge or dark chocolate cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 bottle Hershey's hot fudge topping
  • 8 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Smucker's Magic Shell chocolate topping
  • Caramel topping (preferably in a squirt bottle)
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      1. Make the cake batter following the directions on the box of cake mix and pour 1/2 cup of batter into each of the greased cups of a large (Texas size) muffin pan. If your pan has six cups, bake the cakes in two batches of 4 cakes each. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick stuck into the center of one cake comes out clean. Turn all of the cakes out of the pan after they cool.

      2. The cakes will be served upside down, so you may have to slice a bit of the domed top off the cakes to help them lay flat when inverted. A serrated sandwich knife works best for this. After you've flipped over all of the cooled cakes, use a sharp paring knife to cut out a 1 1/2-inch diameter cylindrical chunk in the center of the bottom (now the top) of each cake. The hole should be about 1 1/2-inches deep. After slicing straight down into the cake in a circle, scoop out the chunk of cake with a teaspoon and discard the piece. Now you have a secret compartment to conceal the hot fudge payload.

      3. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of fudge into each of the holes you've made in the cakes, then store the cakes in a sealed container in the freezer.

      4. When you are ready to serve the dessert, drizzle a serving plate with caramel, then place one cake on the plate and heat it up in the microwave for 40 to 45 seconds, or until you see the fudge begin to bubble. Remove the cake from the microwave and let it rest for 30 seconds or so, then place a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of the cake. Pour a coating of Magic Shell chocolate topping over the ice cream and serve. 

      Makes 8 desserts.
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Score: 4.96. Votes: 25
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Dec 7, 2013, 22:00

I use to be a server at chili's. This is exactly how they make them. The ice cream chili's use's is Blue Bunny Ice cream. Trust me try blue bunny ice cream is the way to go.

Jun 22, 2011, 22:00

Better than the restaurant. Made in a cupcake pan and had 24 molten chocolate cupcakes. They were absolutely perfect!!! I also decided to change up the filling, 12 cakes had chocolate filling, 12 had caramel (same brand as chocolate.) Note: if you make this recipe with caramel, microwave cakes for a little less than chocolate.

I'm Todd Wilbur,
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For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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