Easy Chocolate Lava Cakes

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Easy Chocolate Lava Cakes are mini cakes with a warm center of hot fudge, topped with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and then drenched in chocolate magic shell. They are amazing!

Easy Chocolate Lava Cakes are mini cakes with a warm center of hot fudge, topped with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and then drenched in magic shell. Life-in-the-Lofthouse.com

One of my favorite desserts ever is the Chocolate Lava Cake at Chili’s restaurant. It’s a small chocolate cake with a warm center of hot fudge, topped with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. They drench the top in chocolate magic shell. It is amazing!

We don’t make it to Chilis too often, so I was excited when my little sister told me how to make these Easy Chocolate Lava Cakes at home! These divine mini desserts could not be any easier to make, and they are so impressive for dinner or party guests.

The cake is so soft, and the gooey warm chocolate that runs out from the center is irresistible!

Easy Chocolate Lava Cakes are mini cakes with a warm center of hot fudge, topped with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and then drenched in magic shell. Life-in-the-Lofthouse.com

I totally love that you can freeze these, too! The recipe makes 9, so if you don’t need all 9 immediately just freeze the rest for later. All you do is pop them in the microwave and nuke em’ for 30 seconds. So easy and so good!

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Easy Chocolate Lava Cakes are mini cakes with a warm center of hot fudge, topped with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and then drenched in magic shell. Life-in-the-Lofthouse.com

Easy Chocolate Lava Cakes

Prep Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 487kcal
Author Life in the Lofthouse

Ingredients

  • 1 box (18.25 ounces) Devils Food cake mix
  • 1 ⅓ cups water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 small jar Hershey’s hot fudge
  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream
  • Smucker’s Magic Shell chocolate topping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, add the cake mix, water, vegetable oil and eggs. Beat with a hand mixer, on low speed for 2 minutes.
  • Grease a Texas-size muffin tin. (The Texas-size pans usually come in 6-cup pans) Fill each cup 2/3 full of cake batter. This recipe makes 9 cakes, so you will have leftover batter if you only have one pan. OR after the first batch is done baking, let pan cool then clean. Use remaining batter in 3 of the cups and bake.
    Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Let cakes cool for 10 minutes in pan, then take a knife and loosen the edges. Carefully remove cakes from the pan, and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Once cooled, take a knife and slice the ‘dome’ off the top of the cakes, so they are flat. Once the tops are flat, turn the cakes upside down. Using a sharp paring knife, cut out a 1-inch circle out of the center of the bottom (now the top) of each cake. The hole should be at least 1-inch deep. Scoop out the chunk of cake and discard. Repeat this process with all the cakes.
  • Warm the hot fudge in the microwave according to its directions. Spoon 2 Tablespoons of fudge into each of the holes in the cakes. Store the cakes in a sealed container in the freezer for at least 3 hours before serving.
  • When ready to serve, take one cake and place on a microwave-safe plate. Heat for 30 seconds. Remove from microwave and top with one big scoop of vanilla ice cream, then drizzle on Magic shell. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

**TO FREEZE: make cakes according to directions. Let cool completely before storing in a tightly sealed freezer-safe container or ziplock bag. (Let out as much air as you can before sealing.) They freeze well up to one month.
**TO REHEAT: place one frozen cake on a microwave-safe plate. Heat for 30 seconds or until cake is completely thawed and warmed through. Serve warm. 

Nutrition

Serving: 9g | Calories: 487kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 32g

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Easy Chocolate Lava Cakes are mini chocolate cakes with a warm center of hot fudge, topped with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and then drenched in chocolate magic shell. Life-in-the-Lofthouse.com


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  2. Don’t throw away the tops! When they cool, crumble them in a food processor or by rubbing them together and dust the top of your ice cream with them!

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  4. I made these tonight. They were great and actually easy for me, who doesn’t bake! I used an apple corer to make the hole for the hot fudge. Also I used the cake trimmings to make cake pops!

  5. I made these for my sons birthday party this past week and they were a big hit. I made them the night before and froze them. We took them out at the party and popped each one into the microwave for 30 seconds then added a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream to the top followed by the chocolate drizzle shell. The cake was warm and the molten chocolate on the inside was warm and oozy. Talk about special and fancy (although way easier than they look)! Thank you for posting these Holly!

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