Applebees Triple Chocolate Meltdown

Applebees Triple Chocolate Meltdown has to be one of my favorite desserts that were recently served at the restaurant. You can recreate this chocolate molten lava cake at home.

two triple chocolate meltdown cakes topped with ice cream and chocolate syrup

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Who doesn’t love chocolate? Well, there are a few people that dislike chocolate, to be honest, and I feel sorry for them.

This recipe is wonderful but if you like a plain chocolate lava cake, you should try my Carnival Chocolate Melting Cake.

The Applebees Triple Chocolate Meltdown cake has great layers of chocolate flavors. First, you have the chocolate molten cake, but then we top it with a thick chocolate sauce, and we also drizzle white chocolate sauce on it.

Applebees Triple Chocolate Meltdown Recipe Ingredients

So this chocolate recipe has a little something for everyone. The recipe ingredients are very basic and simple. Here’s a list of what you need to make and serve chocolate lava cake:

  • Semisweet chocolate
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • White chocolate
  • Vegetable shortening
  • Vanilla ice cream
triple chocolate meltdown ingredients

How to Make Applebee’s Triple Chocolate Meltdown

  1. Butter 4 small ramekins and dust them with sugar.
  2. Melt semisweet chocolate and butter in a double boiler. Whisk occasionally until smooth and uniform.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk eggs, yolks, and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Slowly pour the melted chocolate mixture into the egg mixture, stirring constantly.
  5. Add flour and salt and stir until just combined.
  6. Pour the mixture into the prepared ramekins.
  7. Set the ramekins on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes.
  8. Invert each chocolate lava cake onto a dessert plate.
  9. Place white chocolate and semisweet chocolate in separate bowls and add shortening to each bowl.
  10. Melt the chocolates in the microwave.
  11. Top each lava cake with a scoop of ice cream.
  12. Drizzle the white chocolate over the cake.
  13. Drizzle the semisweet chocolate over the lava cake.

This recipe isn’t difficult to make, I know when you try making this style of chocolate cake you are going to want to make more of the melting/molten lava chocolate cakes. I do recommend one tool if you do not have it.

For this recipe, you should use 6-ounce ramekins. The ramekins are very helpful. I don’t recommend pouring the batter into a small cake pan and cooking it. While you could do it, you won’t get the lovely visual of individual desserts.

two homemade Applebee's triple chocolate meltdown cakes

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two triple chocolate meltdown cakes topped with ice cream and chocolate syrup

Applebees Triple Chocolate Meltdown

Recreate this luscious chocolate molten lava cake dessert at home.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: applebees triple chocolate meltdown, chocolate lava cake
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 1839kcal


Lava Cake Recipe

  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 4 ounces butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Chocolate Drizzle

  • 4 ounces white chocolate
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable shortening
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter 4 small (6-ounce) ramekins or other small ovenproof dishes, then dust with sugar. In the top of a double boiler over simmering water, melt the 4 ounces chocolate chips with 4 ounces butter. Wisk occasionally until smooth and uniform. Meanwhile, whisk together the whole eggs, yolks, and 1/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Pour the melted chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and stir very quickly. Add the flour and salt and blend until just mixed. Prepare the ramekins by buttering them on the inside thoroughly and dusting with sugar.
  • Pour into prepared ramekins. Set the ramekins on a baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes, the cake centers will still be soft. Invert each chocolate lava cake onto a dessert plate. They will slip out of the ramekins in a few seconds.
  • To make the drizzle toppings, place the white and semisweet chocolates in separate bowls and add 1 teaspoon shortening to each bowl. Melt in the microwave for 15-second increments: microwave the chocolate stir and microwave again until fully melted.
  • To assemble the desserts, top each lava cake with a scoop of ice cream. Drizzle the white chocolate over the cake and then drizzle the semisweet chocolate over the lava cake.


Calories: 1839kcal | Carbohydrates: 130g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 136g | Saturated Fat: 78g | Cholesterol: 569mg | Sodium: 942mg | Potassium: 1155mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 103g | Vitamin A: 2545IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 416mg | Iron: 9.1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Holly Coy

    5 stars
    Delicious. Only thing I had to change was adding more shortening to each drizzle, to make it thinner. Definitely saving this recipe.

  2. cookie

    Hi Stephanie,
    This recipe is must try. (Yes, I know and I don’t want to think about calories.)
    I have never had this cake at the restaurant but I am obsessed with LAVA cakes.
    Have a nice week.

  3. html color picker

    I ate it at the restaurant and enjoyed it. I tried many times but failed. Today saw your guide I learned a lot and drawn many useful things. I believe this time I will succeed. Thanks a lot!

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