This molten lava cake is incredibly yummy! It doesn’t get much better than warm chocolate cake with a melty hot fudge center served with a cold scoop of vanilla ice cream. Plus, this version is super simple to make too!
Molten Lava Cake
This is very easy to make and it tastes a LOT like the molten chocolate cake at Chili’s (yes, there is fudge in the middle)! Back when I was in college, we would go to Chili’s all the time. I would pretty much order the chips & salsa and then this molten chocolate cake.
Those were the good ol’ days when that was an acceptable dinner… especially right before a final. Maybe we should bring that trend back?
What is Molten Lava Cake?
If you haven’t tried one before, you are in for a real treat. Molten lava cake is an incredible dessert. On the outside, it appears to be a typical chocolate cake. However, when you scoop into it, the center oozes out with a rich chocolatey fudge “lava” (hence the name lava cake!).
Typically, molten lava cake is served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The fudge in the middle is piping hot and then the cold ice cream just evens it all out. Heaven on a plate.. or in a bowl… or however you serve it.
Easy Molten Cake
Making a molten lava cake completely from scratch is no easy task. Thankfully, I came up with a way to make the recipe super simple. In fact, it takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish!
Additionally, this recipe calls for baking in individual ramekins, so it will take even less time to bake than a standard chocolate cake. You’ll be enjoying your molten lava cake before you know it!
More Lava Cake Recipes
If you are anything like me, molten cake recipes are at the very top of my favorite dessert list. While the molten lava cake is a personal favorite, the rest of these are excellent methods to make a similar recipe.
How to Make Molten Lava Cake
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Spray custard bowls or ramekins well with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, beat dry cake mix, water, vegetable oil, and eggs together for 2 minutes.
- Fill ramekins or custard bowls 1/2 full of cake batter.
- Bake 25 minutes or until you can stick a toothpick in the center of one and it comes out clean.
- Allow cakes to cool for 5 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the bowls and then turn the cakes out of the bowls onto a cooling rack (the cakes will be bottom side up). Place the cooling rack in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.
- Remove cakes from the fridge.
- Use a knife and scoop about a 1 1/2-inch hole out of the top (what used to be the bottom). Only cut about halfway through cake.
- Scoop about 2 tablespoons of the Dove hot fudge topping into the hole.
- Once this part is done you can cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- When ready to serve, heat one cake at a time in the microwave for about 45 seconds or until the fudge begins to bubble.
- Remove from the microwave and let sit for about 30 seconds.
- Place a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the top of the cake, covering the hole.
- Pour a coating of magic shell over the ice cream, add whipped cream, and a maraschino cherry on top, if desired. Enjoy!
- Ramekins or custard bowls