November 4, 2011

Chili's White Chocolate Molten Cake

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I am obsessed with Todd Wilbur!  He is the genius behind so many yummy clone recipes!  I got his new cookbook! It is a really really tempting one! One that I couldn't resist!  So many yummy (top secret) recipes that I can't wait to try.  This one immediately caught my attention.  I discovered chocolate molten lava cake last year and I LOVE it!  It never crossed my mind to try a white chocolate version? I LOVE white chocolate!  Remember this delicious and healthy banana ice cream?  Doesn't white chocolate and banana sound like a great combination?  It most definitely was! Todd has a very unique way of making molten lava cake, a way that I have never tried before?  This is how you do it:  
1.  Bake your cake batter in a jumbo-size muffin tin (I think regular size would work fine too for smaller portions)
2.  Slice off the top, so you have a flat surface
3.  Turn cupcake upside down and it should lay flat
4.  Take a paring knife and cut a chunk out of the center
5.  Combine white chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream
6.  Melt in the microwave
7.  Fill the hollowed out cupcake with the yummy white chocolate filling
8.  Slice off the top of the cut out chunk
9.  Place the top part back onto the cupcake
10.  You should have a flat top again.  Serve with ice cream and more white chocolate drizzed over the top. 

Chili's White Chocolate Molten Cake

1 box Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Butter
       Recipe Golden Cake Mix
2/3 c. water
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, softened
3 eggs
18 oz. (3 cups) white chocolate chips
1/4 c. plus 2 tsp. heavy whipping cream
1 (16 oz.) box frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed
8 scoops vanilla ice cream

*This recipe looks very long, but it is just detailed, because this is so easy!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Make the cake batter following the directions on the box and pour 1/2 cup of batter into 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 25-30 minutes (mine were plenty done at 25 min.) or until a toothpick stuck into the center comes out clean.  Let cool for 15 minutes, then turn all of the cakes out of the pan.  

While the cakes cool, measure 9 oz. or 1 1/2 cups of white chocolate chips into a microwave-safe dish.  Add the heavy cream and microwave for 30 seconds.  Stir; then microwave for 30 seconds more.  Let this cool for 15-20 minutes to thicken.  The cakes will be served upside down, so you may have to slice a bit of the dome top off each cake to help it lay flat when inverted.  A serrated 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.  Remove chunk and slice off the top.  Spoon 2-3 Tablespoons of the white chocolate filling into each of the holes.  Place the top back over the filled cupcake, then store the cakes in a sealed container in the refrigerator. 

Make the strawberry sauce by pureeing the strawberries with syrup in a blender until smooth.  When you're ready to serve, pour the remaining 9 oz. (1 1/2 cups) of white chocolate chips into a microwave-safe dish and microwave for 30 seconds, then stir and microwave for 30 seconds more.  Heat up each cake in the microwave for 30 seconds or until you see the filling bubble.  Drizzle the strawberry sauce onto each serving plate.  Place a warm cake on the strawberry sauce, then place a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the top of the cake.  Drizzle approximately 1 1/2 Tablespoons of melted white chocolate over the ice cream and serve right away with a spoon.  Repeat for each dessert.  Makes 8 desserts.  

Jenn's Notes:  Right when I saw this recipe, I had to make it, therefore I made due with what I had in my pantry.  Instead of using the recommended cake mix, I used a French Vanilla one.  It turned out extremely light and fluffy and because of that, it absorbed a lot of the molten filling.  I would like to try again with the right cake mix and see how it turns out.  Next time, I would only microwave the hollowed-out cake by itself, hurry and add the molten filling, top with ice cream and serve.  That way, it won't have much time to absorb the filling.  I served with this banana ice cream, drizzled with white chocolate and garnished with coconut!  It was yummy, but not very oozy?  I love this idea though!      


  1. I also like him I have 2 of his cookbooks and looks like I need another one after I saw this recipe! YUMMMMY!!!!! Is all I have to say!,

  2. My mom has a couple of his cookbooks. WE coulcn't survive without his cinnabon recipe.

  3. Ok, this is not what I need to be looking at right before bed! :) omgosh is looks delicious! Nice tutorial to! Thanks for visiting my blog!

  4. I wiill be obsessed and possesed if I even see thsi cake.If I eat it I will danc eto the end of teh rainbow.I love white chocolate,can you tell.?:)

  5. WOW!!!! Really very tempting recipe! I'm in love with white choco O_O great job!

  6. This looks dangerously good! And I love the name for your blog :) I'd eat cake for dinner every day if I could!

  7. That looks amazing! And such a photogenic dessert too. ;) Thanks for the visit to my blog!

  8. Stumbled here from blog search engine. When I saw this subject with photographs, Amazed. I never try to make cake on this way, I think it will be best for today dinner.

  9. Wow, that definitely looks yummy! Will have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing at Sunday's Best =)

  10. I LOVE his stuff. I think he is really underrated when it comes to cooks and blogs out there. So happy to see someone else making his delicious food!
    I have posted about his red velvet cheesecake (Cheesecake Factory) and his Auntie Anne's Pretzels. Both were superb! The Claim Jumper Garlic Bread wasn't a great hit... but I haven't had the original so maybe it just wasn't good to begin with.

  11. I actually have not heard of him before, but it seems like others have, so where have I been? I want to bite my computer screen to get a taste of this. It looks amazing. Thanks for sharing at Sunday's Best.

  12. Looks great! I have 2 of his cookbooks wish I had them all. I'll have to try this never had it at Chili's before. I think if you baked a chocolate cake & used the white chocolate molten would be pretty too. I'm going to put toasted coconut tinted brown and pecans on mine to look like rocks.

    1. Great ideas. They would all be wonderful! - Jenn

  13. :D I made white lava cakes too from his recipe only I filled it with caramel ice cream topping, wish I'd seen your post then.

  14. ok I see that everyone likes this guy but does the cake taste like the chilli's cake and what about the rasberry sauce..?

  15. Is there a way to make these so they could be served for company? I can't see myself in the kitchen cutting and filling them when guests are at the dining table?

    1. The problem I had was the cake absorbs the filling pretty quickly, so you would want to serve them right away after filling. You could have the cakes already cut and ready to go and then fill them just before you are ready to serve?

  16. An easy assembly for this dessert is to bake mini bundt cakes & fill the center holes with the white chocolate filling. Then top with strawberry or raspberry sauce and ice cream.

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