Chocolate Pudding Cake


This recipe is almost evil because it’s so tempting, so easy, and I have the ingredients on hand all the time. I have to make it! You?

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How to make Chocolate Pudding Cake:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Add milk, oil, and vanilla; stir well. Spoon batter into an 8-inch square greased pan.

Mix an additional 1/3 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons cocoa. Sprinkle over batter in pan. Pour one cup boiling water over the contents of the pan. Don’t stir it!

Bake at 350-degrees for 25-30 minutes. As the cake bakes, it forms two layers, one layer of sweet, moist cake and another layer of rich pudding.

As if that’s not awesome enough, stick a dollop of whipped cream on top. Or, you know, two.

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  1. TeresaH says:

    OMG that looks so yummy that I swear I’ve gained a few pounds just looking at it! :hungry:

  2. Heyjules says:

    I feel led to inform you that it is in poor “taste” (all puns intended) to post a recipe like this during week two of January when the entire world is on a stupid diet.

    The time for something like this is week FOUR of January when everyone has given up and are looking for ways to regain that .07 lbs. they lost during weeks 1-3.


    Now hand me the cocoa and shut up…

  3. Bellen says:

    This is the most frequently requested dessert at my house and has been for the 40 years of marriage and about the 10 years before that. My mother said the recipe came from WWII rationing. Don’t know for sure, but I just love this recipe. My friend substitutes boiling coffee for the water in the last step. Can also add chopped nuts – they stay in the cake part.

  4. Jill says:

    Well now I’m hungry and Must Have.

  5. Susan says:

    My mom and sister are going to love this! :hungry: Unfortunately I don’t like chocolate. 😮

  6. jaq says:

    Don’t you realize it’s that time of the month for me? And you go post a Chocolate desert recipe? *sob* Must resist cravings… :no:

  7. Bayou Woman says:

    If I hadn’t already made fried bread and corn bread today, I might just bake this decadent cake. Oh my goodness, it looks so good. My daughter loves to bake. I think I’ll send her this link and let he drool over it until she can’t stand it any longer! Thanks, S!
    PS I love all you kitty cat photos! They are so precious!

  8. Estella says:

    Sounds wonderfully sinful!

  9. Renna says:

    If I had read your blog just five minutes earlier, I’d be in the kitchen whipping that evil baby up right now! I’m having the worst chocolate/sweet attack I’ve had in months, I kid you not! I’ve been going through every cupboard, both freezers, both fridges, looking for ANYthing that’s sweet and chocolate. Candy wouldn’t do. It needed substance. I finally just settled for a bowl of cheerios, and sat down to read your blog as I ate them. Woudn’t you know it? Delectable chocolate was staring me in the face. :no:

  10. kazari says:

    That’s a beautiful photo!
    Here we’d call that a ‘Chocolate Self-saucing Pudding’. It’s the sort of thing my mother learnt to cook from her mother, like scones and sponge cake. She would have eaten at boarding school too, on a special occasion.
    I keep meaning to post my recipe…

  11. Donna says:

    Seeing this inspired me to make a Texas chocolate sheet cake today. LOL I have a HORRID sweet tooth. My dentist said “Donna, keeping candy off your teeth is alot cheaper than dentistry” >LOL. I should know better, being a dental assistant at one time. But, I just LOVE sweets.

  12. mirela says:


    I just made the chocolate pudding cake, it is so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us. I wonder what could happen if instead of boiling water, I would try boiling milk? What do you think? Thanks again for a winner cake! Oh, I forgot to mention that my son and I are frequently making the grandmother bread together, it really is awesome!
    Love your blog,

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  13. Sherri says:

    :elephant: I printed this out as soon as I finished reading it….it’s baking in my oven right now!!

  14. Natalie says:

    Here in Australia (and the UK) this is known as a self saucing pudding. I just wanted to come by and tell you that I have searched high and low for a chocolate self saucing pudding, that used basic ingredients (no requiring chocolate), and that didn’t involve a whole lot of work (no butter creaming and all that nonsense). This is, HANDS DOWN, the BEST self saucing chocolate pudding there is!! I have tried many recipes only to be bitterly disappointed in all of them. This is both rich AND chocolatey with a really nice sauce (so many are little more than cocoa flavoured water). I can’t even count the number of times I have cooked this, for both my family, and myself – LOL.

    Who would have thought that I would find the ideal recipe from someone in the US, where they don’t even make “puddings” as we know them? Not me!!

    This recipe is going in my personal recipe book, that’s how much I love it!

  15. Susan at Charm of the Carolines says:

    This cake is so sinful, I must look away. But thanks for sharing!


  16. Linda from the Mtns.of NC says:

    My husband happened to see post about the chocolate pudding cake and has been after me to bake it for him. I was a little skeptical about the way it would turn out BUT…it is WONDERFUL ! It is indeed like having chocolate cake with 1/2 of it a warm chocolate pudding. Ahh!! Sweet Mystery of Life At Last I Found You!!

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