Chocolate Poke Cake From Scratch

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Chocolate Poke Cake From Scratch is one of the most amazing and moist cakes you’ll ever have!

A secret ingredient brings out the chocolatey goodness in the cake while adding a rich layer of homemade pudding keeps it extra moist! It’s all topped off with a simple one minute chocolate frosting!
Chocolate Poke Cake From Scratch on a white plate

A Tip For Enhanced Chocolate Flavor

This is one of the most amazing chocolate cakes of all time! My son calls this his favorite cake hands down!

Making a chocolate poke cake from scratch is easier than you think and it’s so worth the extra time!

If you love a great chocolatey flavor, I have a little secret to share with you! Adding just a little bit of coffee to the batter brings out the rich chocolate flavor (but don’t worry, you don’t taste a coffee flavor). This even works in place of water if you’re making a boxed mix!

This chocolate poke cake from scratch is one of the most amazing and moist cakes you'll ever have! A secret ingredient brings out the chocolatey goodness!

Originally I made this cake for my son’s 18th birthday…but of course when you have a house full of teenage boys and a chocolate cake, getting photos is kind of challenging.  *Sigh* … so I had to make the cake AGAIN, oh the hardships, more chocolate cake! And it was just as amazing!

The pudding layer poured onto the Chocolate Poke

Pourable Poke Cake Topping

The cake itself is decadent and moist with an amazing rich chocolate flavor…even without the pudding on top, it is excellent!!

The homemade pudding is super easy and quick and takes this cake to the next level! The whole thing is topped with my absolute favorite one minute easy chocolate frosting. This “poured frosting” is quick to make and requires not spreading, just pour over the cake and tilt to spread!

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After trying this Chocolate Poke Cake From Scratch, you may never want to use a boxed recipe again!

chocolate poke cake from scratch with chocolate pourable frosting
4.29 from 53 votes
Review Recipe

Chocolate Poke Cake

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 15 servings
Author Holly N.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
This Chocolate Poke Cake From Scratch is one of the most amazing and moist cakes you’ll ever have! A secret ingredient brings out the chocolatey goodness in the cake while adding a rich layer of homemade pudding keeps it extra moist! It’s all topped off with a simple one minute chocolate frosting!


  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup brewed coffee , cooled
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Chocolate Pudding Layer
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter , softened
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease & flour a 9x13 inch pan.
  • Combine milk & lemon juice and set aside. (The mixture will thicken slightly)
  • Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda & baking powder in a large bowl.
  • Add eggs, coffee, soured milk, oil and vanilla. Beat medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour into prepared pans. (Your batter may seem runny at this point but it will bake up beautifully.)
  • Bake 30 to 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Be sure to check the cake at 30 minutes so it doesn't over cook.
Chocolate Pudding
  • In a saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch and salt, mix well. Add in cold milk, stir until combined.
  • Turn heat to medium high stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil.
  • Allow to boil for 1 minute while stirring, remove from heat and stir in butter.
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Poke the cake all over with the end of a wooden spoon. Pour warm pudding over warm cake. Tap the pan allowing the pudding to seep into the cake.
  •  Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. (Frost after slightly cooled, about 30 minutes)
Poured Frosting
  • In a saucepan, combine milk, butter, & sugar over medium high heat. 
  • Bring to a rolling boil and allow to boil 45 seconds. 
  • Remove from heat and add chocolate chips. 
  • Whisk until smooth and shiny and immediately pour over the cake. Refrigerate until set.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 471, Carbohydrates: 74g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 38mg, Sodium: 225mg, Potassium: 304mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 56g, Vitamin A: 295IU, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 104mg, Iron: 2.4mg
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  1. Do you put the pudding on the cake as soon as it comes out of the oven? And do you let it cool down a bit before put it in the refrigerator? I bake the cake in a 9×13 stoneware from Pampered Chef. I’m just concerned about it breaking, if I put it in the refrigerator to soon.

    1. Hi Tammy, we pour the warm pudding over a warm cake. So let it cool slightly before pouring the chocolate pudding over top, and place in the refrigerator when you are comfortable!

  2. has anyone tried this using gluten-free flour? If yes, any tips? suggestions? King Arthur is my go to for gluten free flour.

    1. Sorry Yogi, we have not tried this recipe with gluten-free flour but would love to hear how it turns out for you!

  3. The cake part is very similar to Ina Garten’s recipe, but lacking the salt. I definitely noticed that it needed that one thing to take it over the top.4 stars

  4. I made this cake for a family Christmas Party and everyone loved it! I didn’t make the chocolate frosting I made peanutbutter frosting instead and because some other reviews said it was too sweet I only used half the sugar in the pudding layer and it was perfect! The flavor in the cake is amazing, I’ve never had chocolate cake that had that much flavor. This recipe is definitely a keeper!5 stars

  5. Holy moly!!!! This cake is decadent. I don’t quite understand why the butter needed to be soft when it was going into the pot to be melted. I added Nutella to the frosting. I tweaked the sugar content drastically. I made this for the first time and brought it to a gathering of friends. It was creamy and moist, but easy to swallow without a drink. I always make homemade pudding. The frosting on top was out of this world. As a baker of over 40 years, this is one recipe I’ll keep as a hand-written recipe to be placed in my Gramma’s tin holder. Kudos!!

  6. Doesn’t say anything about sour milk until you start reading the instructions. Does it have to be sour milk?

  7. I made this cake last week with rave reviews from my co-workers. Now one of my co-workers asked me if I could make this recipe in cupcakes for a function. What do you think?5 stars

    1. Kathryn, I’m so happy everyone loves this poke cake! I have only tried the recipe as written, but other readers have made cupcakes. I think it should work. Let us know if you try making them into cupcakes!

  8. TOO sweet…my family loves chocolate, but this cake hurts your teeth. May be OK if pudding layer is eliminated, but I threw 3/4 of the cake away 2 stars

    1. In response to the “too sweet” comment. What a waste. Try the recipe again and half all sugar. Add dark chocolate with a 55-70 percent cacao to melt into the frosting. The mistake was not spending with pennies. Recipes ALWAYS contain more sugar. Use brown sugar instead of white.

  9. How should I give more than 5stars for this?! MY CHILDREN did not even wait until atleast four hours in the fridge! My new fave to make, please try and you’ll never turn your head to another chocolate cake ever!5 stars

  10. I am not a baker and my family and I dont much enjoy cake as it can be too dry. I wanted to make a cake for someone else and I came across this recipe. First I did the whole shebang and it was delicious. Then I decided to do it again for my family and realized I didn’t have any pudding….I tell you what…this cake by itself…no pudding…no icing…is THE BEES KNEES. I never knew cake could be so moist! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I will be making this for years to come.

  11. If you have never made a cake from scratch then I challenge you to make this.Yes those who likes 6 ingredients only will say no way.But I guarantee you won’t be sorry but very proud.It is that good !5 stars

    1. I have never tried freezing it. You could try making the cake, poking it, then freezing. When you need the cake, add the pudding and frosting.

  12. Too Sweet and soggy. I like sweet but this was too much. First time making a “poke” cake but will try other types before I give up with them. I found the cake didn’t have a chocolate taste and the pudding and frosting overwhelmed the cake. I put this on the do not make again list. Husband did not care for it either.1 star

  13. I tried this recipe and it turned out wonderful,,, my son twisted his ankle playing volleyball at school and was asking for cake so I decided to try this cake. I must say I am not a chocolate fan but this cake is really good, the sugar in the cake and pudding was ok but for Me, as a diabetic the frosting was a bit sweet but my son said it was ok..thumbs up for this one5 stars

  14. After adding the pudding are you supposed to cover and refrigerate for 4 hrs/overnight or frost after 30 min of adding the pudding? I guess I’m confused as to when to frost. Do I take the cake out the refrigerator after 30 min of cooling, then add the frost and put it back in the fridge to finish the 4 hrs??

    1. Yes, after it has cooled about 30 minutes you can frost it and put it back in the fridge. The pudding layer has to cool in order to set the frosting up.

  15. I’m not much of a baker but have been taught to measure accurately. Your recipe calls for a cup of coffee. Is that 8oz? Sorry if it sounds silly but another thing that I’ve learned is to ask really smart people dumb questions. =)

    1. Because of the pudding layer, this cake is very soft and moist and we usually serve it out of the pan. I don’t think it would stand up to fondant.

  16. Question: Have you ever tried freezing this cake afterafter completing it? This question was not answered. Need a cake to make ahead when I don’t have access to an oven.

    1. I have never tried freezing it. You could try making the cake, poking it, then freezing. When you need the cake, add the pudding and frosting.

  17. Love this cake receipe, this is the second time I have made it, and my husband said it was possibly the best chocolate cake he has ever had.  Made another one today for my Dad having hip replacement on Thurs.  Thank you for this receipe.  5 stars

  18. Hi Holly I ran into your recipe as I was looking for a chocolate cake to make for my husband’s birthday. From the looks of the recipe and the comments posted the cake sounds delicious and I’m so excited to try it… one quick question.. the butter.. is it unsalted butter or regular butter? I usually use Imperial butter sticks when I bake but I want to make sure. Thanks!!5 stars

  19. This is excruciatingly sweet. My family are big chocolate lovers, but this is just too much. It’s disappointing really; I was super excited to make this for my husband’s 30th birthday, and it baked well and now I know how to make pudding from scratch, so that’s awesome, but the level of sugar is just.. I mean it’s teeth-aching, taste-bud-melting, insulting-requiring sweet.3 stars

  20. THIS IS THE BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE EVER! And I mean it! I have been searching for a decadent moist and delicious chocolate cake for soooooo soooooo long and none of them worked, but this is HANDS DOWN THE VERY BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE EVER! Thank you for sharing such a delicious yummy and perfect recipe! 5 stars

  21. I am a novice in the kitchen and I found this recipe when we were stuck inside due to bad weather and craving dessert.  I substituted dark chocolate cocoa because it’s all I had on hand & for chips, I used 3/4 cup milk chocolate and 1/4 cup white chocolate for the same reason.  Still turned out amazing!  I shared it with my neighbors and they said it was the best chocolate cake they had ever tasted and wanted more.  A big hit all the way around.  Thanks!

  22. Made this for Christmas and it was delish!  I kept in the fridge so it took awhile for the frosting to “soften” so it was easier to cut. I don’t even think it needs the frosting part. I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out perfect, the pudding heavenly – will be saving that if I just want pudding! Thanks for the recipe!!

  23. Any idea why I’m not able to see the actual recipe but can see everyone’s comments! No fair! I want to try my hand at this awesome cake!! Lol!

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  24. This was such an enjoyable cake to make!! Lots of steps but I loved spending the time in the kitchen.  Having said that, the actual cake was disappointing  Because of all the time I spent in it I expected it to be GLORIOUS and it was just okay.  Not decadent, like I had expected.  But maybe it’s probably me, I enjoy more of a milk chocolate or fudge flavor.  My chocolate loving family felt the same way. 

  25. I was a little worried about trying a new recipe when I had to make enough for 50 people, but I read the comments, and decided to give it a try. I bake a lot, and make this quantity once a month, and this was absolutely one of the best chocolate cakes I had ever made. The recipe was easy to double, so I only had to make two batches, the instructions were very clear, the results, delicious. The only problem I had was the pudding never boiled, so it might have gotten a bit thick before pouring over the cake, but I will watch out for that next time.Leftovers stayed nice and moist in the fridge for several days.Thank you so much for a wonderful chocolate cake!

    1. I am so glad you enjoyed this Karen! Thank you for your kind words, you really made my day!

    1. To sour milk you add a bit of lemon juice to milk. It is listed in step 2 of the directions. Hope that helps!

    1. I would serve this room temperature. If you’d like it warm you could microwave it very slightly however this would likely cause the frosting to melt.

  26. Best cake I have ever made, and I am an avid cook. Someone else mentioned it’s a “PMS cake” ….YES! I will be making this cake once a month for life and passing it on to younger generations. It is THAT good. Satisfies every type of chocolate craving I have at once. And it’s soo easy. And I usually have all ingredients in hand. Thank you for sharing!

    1. I am so glad you like the cake, Melissa! It is definitely the go-to cake for chocolate cravings!

  27. Do I have to refrigerate the cake for 4 hours? I am making this cake because guests are coming and time is not with me. Can I represent the cake while it is warm?

    1. Letting is set for 4 hours allows a chance for the pudding to soak into the cake and make it moist. It would still be good warm though! Enjoy!

  28. Delicious but recipe calls for a TON of sugar. I used 1/2 the sugar in the cake and pudding, and no sugar in the frosting, and it still turned out decadent and sweet!

  29. It’s a snow day! I thought I had more coffee and all I have is pumpkin flavored coffee and espresso. Do you suggest I do a long espresso and add water to make a cup or just use the pumpkin?? Thank you!

  30. One of the better chocolate cakes I have ever made. Super moist. Easier to make than I thought it would be, especially the pudding. Did not add the frosting this time. Maybe next time. Put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. Extra yummy. I highly recommend this cake. 4 1/2 stars.4 stars

  31. Hi Holly
    How can I make a vanilla moist came out of this recipe. I live chocolate but my husband love a moist vanilla cake. Would love to hear from u.

    1. You can refrigerate the cake (because of the pudding layer) but leave it out about an hour or so before serving.

  32. Just finished making this cake, got it in the frig and WOW! I can’t wait to have a slice. Heading to the store for some vanilla ice for when it’s ready. I haven’t tasted the cake but did lick the spoon from the pudding and frosting, awesome! And I used all dark chocolate . Thank you for what I am sure the only chocolate cake for this house.

  33. I’d love to try this recipe, but am unsure about using cup measurements for the butter and chocolate chips in the frosting, as we would you gram measurements in the UK. Can you advise how much the weight would be in grams please?

    1. The lemon juice is to sour the milk in this recipe (it doesn’t add flavor). I would suggest substituting it with white vinegar if you don’t have lemon juice or to replace the milk/lemon juice with buttermilk.

  34. I was craving chocolate so I searched “chocolate cake” on pinterest. This was the one I had to try…and let me tell you….it is absolutely the most delicious chocolate cake in existence. Also, the way you write your recipe is so easy to follow. Thank you for this recipe!

    ✌️ Keli

  35. Hi from the UK. Itching to try to make this but always get confused as to the conversion into grams and ml. Do you have a recommended link or way of working these measurements out please? Thanks in advance x

  36. I’m planning on serving this cake this Sunday around dinnertime. Would it be alright to make it on Friday or is that too long to let it hang out in the fridge? This looks amazing btw! Thanks!

    1. This cake would be completely fine made 2 days before! I would refrigerate it and then about an hour before serving let it sit at room temp.

  37. I was reading through all the comments and noticed you said in one response that you use Non-Rising all purpose flour. Does that just mean it’s regualr all purpose flour and NOT self rising flour?

      1. Am I wrong I read chocolate caramel poke cake .What happened to the caramel? I have made one similar to this and spread the caramel on after it has been refrigerated over night and then put the frosting on . I this how you would do it with this particular recipe? The way I see it the more calories makes it tastier.

  38. Thank you for sharing this recipe! Do you use butter milk (is that the sour milk you use?) for all the parts that require milk or just for the cake portion? Thanks!

  39. I made this wonderful recipe for a picnic and it was fantastically delicious! I absolutely love the THREE layers of chocolate! The cake was moist. The pudding layer was an added bonus. The frosting supurb! This will definitely go on my fav list!

      1. Thanks,
        I tried it out and it turned out really great! I just used one cup of sugar in the cake mix, which didn’t affect the flavor!
        Thanks for the great recipe!!!

  40. If i had to remove the eggs in this recipe bcos of egg allergy would you know what i could replace it with for it to still work?

  41. I just made this and I have a question. Is the pudding suppose to cover the top after poured over? I guess I was just thinking it would somehow get sucked down into the holes. I did tap the pan several times. It just seems like a lot of pudding on top. I’m sure it will be delicious either way. I was just curious. I still need to make the frosting and pour over, but I’m excited to try it! Yesterday was my birthday and I wanted to make this, but the day got away from me so I’m doing it today. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Happy Birthday! I hope your day (and your cake) was wonderful! It does sit on top and create a layer. While it rests for 4 hours a lot of the pudding will seep into the cake but you will still have thin layer on top.

  42. I made this last week, Turned out fantastic, My husband loved it!! will absolutely be making this again

  43. I had to make this twice because everyone at work loved it! My boss is on a carb free diet but she had to have a second piece.Thank you for the recipe!

  44. How far in advance can the cake be made? I need to bring a cake to a dinner party tomorrow evening around 6 – can I make it tonight and keep it in the fridge until I have to leave for the party? Thanks!!

  45. I made this poke cake with some changes. To make it more healthy i just pour chocolate frosting all over the cakewith some holes in the cake and it came out delious and not to sweet

  46. So after 1 week in the fridge, I finally ate the last piece of this cake. It held up well in a airtight container. I followed the directions, and cake was a bit runny when I put it in the oven. I had to bake it an extra 10-15 minutes longer than stated. Othet than that i followed the recipe exactly, quite easy to follow, and all I have to say is WOW!! This has been by far the best chocolate cake I have ever had, and I’m pretty picky. The moistness of this cake is to die for, not to mention that it is so rich! Better have your glass of milk handy…. you will definitely need it. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this cake!

    1. I’m so glad you loved it Vanessa! Thank you for sharing, great to know it kept a whole week in the fridge… although I’d have to hide it way in the back corner to keep it that long around here! ;)

      1. Do you have a recipe like this, but other than chocolate? It’s my favorite, but my hubby is more vanilla, banana, coconut type.

          1. My grandma used to make jello poke cakes. Use any flavor/s jello you like and make the cake the same as this recipe (any flavor cake) poke holes add liquid jello and refrigerate. So yummy!

  47. Este es el pastel de chocolate mas delicioso que he probado en mi vida!!!!! Me quedó PERFECTO!

  48. Thank you Holly for this fabulous cake recipe! I needed a last minute cake for my moms birthday and this was perfect especially since I had all the ingredients. The recipe was super easy to follow…..i put it in the back in oven right before serving. It was warm and delicious and went great with ice cream. It blew everyone away at the party :) Thanks again lol!

    1. You can use buttermilk in place of soured milk or you can make your own soured milk by adding 1 cup milk & 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar and letting thicken for 5 minutes or so.

  49. Hi holly, the amount of sugar is too large in the cake.. Can i use a lower amount? Like 3/4 cup which i think would be enough to get regular sweet taste.
    If yes would i decrease any of the liquid ingrediants?
    Same questions goes for the pudding.
    Thank you

    1. I have only made the cake as written and it turned out perfectly for me as well as many other readers. I can’t say for sure how it would work if you reduce the sugar.

  50. I’m in the middle of making this now for my husband and I’m a little worried. I didn’t notice that the “pudding” had to set! We are having a birthday celebration this evening… just wondering if it’s ok to eat before its completely set? I’m thinking it’ll get about 1.5 hours, maybe the freezer instead of fridge?

    1. Oh yes, it should be fine in 1.5 hours. The setting just allows time for the pudding to soak into the cake making it extra moist. I would suggest just leaving it in the fridge.

  51. Does it matter what kind of milk you use? We drink skim milk – would a different milk taste better? I can’t wait to try this!

  52. Ingredients list says milk… The directions say soured milk… What does this mean and how does one turn regular milk into soured know quickly? Sorry new at this baking thing:-)

  53. I really hate coffee, does this have a strong coffee flavor. If so can I substitute the coffee for something else, that will still give the same result

  54. This cake is famous around my household. They’re known to eat 4-5 pieces in one sitting. It’s kind of gross to watch. But seriously, this cake is amazing.

  55. This is very yummy! I am always afraid of making recipes I see on pinterest because I have been so excited about a recipe then it turns out tasting aweful. I try and read comments before making something but some times all there are are a bunch of comments saying it LOOKS good nothing stating that they tried it and it was good. This said lol it is a very good recipe. I did however have to change a couple of things with the pudding. I did not have corn starch so I used flour so if anyone runs in to tha problem they can use 1tbl of cornstarch=3 tbl of flour. And I ran out of cocoa so had to use part cocoa and part chocolate cooking bar. It probably would have been better if I was able to follow the recipe exactly but it still turned out great! Also, I did not let it sit for 4 hours. For one, I don’t like cold cake and for two I am not that patient lol. I ate a piece after about a hour of it being in the fridge so it was still a little warm and gooey. Thank you for the recipe5 stars

    1. I just made this today and i made it in 3 round pan…baked 20 min …i actually stacked it in a trifle dish…filled it to the top and will be taking it to a party tomm evening…It looks pretty impressive… I will have to cut and scoop out of the dish but I am use to serving trifle so should be fine!! I am excited to taste and I think it would be great with vanilla ice-cream. Thank- you.

  56. I recommend removing all the icons from the left side of the screen, as it makes it hard to see the article and recipe… just a suggestion!

    1. Thank you for letting me know Sharon! I had some recent site updates and just learned of this problem. I have someone looking at it today.

  57. Quick question: is the frosting supposed to harde or become the consistency of a can of frosting? Mine got hard right away. Just curious! Thanks!

  58. I made this today for my husbands birthday. Really yummy. I halved the cake recipe and used a 9 inch round pan-it baked in 25 minutes. I made the full amount of pudding because my husband is a big pudding fan (freak). Loved it. Thanks for a great recipe.

  59. Does the pudding soak into the cake? I don’t like the texture of pudding but it might be ok if it soaks into the cake. Any feedback n this?

    1. I have only tried the recipe as written but I have seen other recipes using Jell-o Pudding. If it is the cooked pudding that should work well.

  60. Good morning! Do you think I’d be able to use two 9″ pans with this recipe? I am eager to try it out, but I prefer double layered cakes instead of pan cake. My only concern is that the batter will not set correctly if I layer them.

    Thank you,

  61. This is incredible. I’m sharing it and making it and really going to like eating it! Thanks for the post! #ilovechocolate

  62. I just made this. HOLY CHOCOLATE GOODNESS! I did every step as you have in the recipe. It turned out better than any cake I’ve ever made. To those that it didn’t turn out, I’m truly sorry. This is the best PMS cake, ever. I can’t wait to add some Vanilla ice cream to this!

  63. can i leave out the pudding layer if i really cannot stand pudding? will it still be cake with yummy frosting?

    1. Yes, the cake will still be moist & delicious!
      If you don’t like pudding, there are lots of other things you can pour over a poke cake including sweetened condensed milk (my favorite) or ice cream topping as well.

      1. Would you pour one or two cans (the smallish cans) of sweetened condensed milk? I’m thinking two because when I have done a poke cake half the size I used one, BUT it was also a very dense cake.
        I guess I can bake it and see how things look, but any input would be appreciated :-)

        1. Great question. I often do a 9×13 cake with 1 can of sweetened condensed milk and one small can of caramel ice cream topping and it’s amazing. I would start with one can, you want to make sure there’s enough to seep into the holes and soak into the cake and add a second can if you think you need more to soak in.

  64. I tried to make this today but the batter turned our so runny that I thought that there would be no chance of it turning out all right and I threw it away. I was so sure i got the ingredients right. Now I’m annoyed because I should have tried it!!!

    1. Yes, that is supposed to be the consistency of the batter but it does bake up perfectly moist and delicious.

  65. I made this cake today, and the end result was delicious!

    However, I did not think the cake would come out properly until after I took the first bite. The cake batter was incredibly runny, so much so that I questioned whether it would become cake at all. I had to leave the cake in the oven much longer than planned in order for the center to cook. I made the requisite holes for the pudding, but it seemed like more of the pudding went over the sides of the pan than in any of the holes I made. By the time I had poured frosting onto the cake, my 9X13 was so full that one wrong move on the way to the fridge would have sent a searing waterfall of chocolate pain over my hands.

    1. Thank you so much for this comment, I am in the middle of making this cake with my kids now, and I was worried I had missed something as the “batter” (I don’t think I could even call it that!) is so runny, but I’m glad to know that it turns out well in the end.

      Thanks again :)

    1. That would be great! The frosting sets fairly quicky so you’d have to sprinkle them right away to make them stick.

  66. The pudding step:
    Do I “cool completely” or cool for 5 minutes?

    The frosting: is it frost 30 minutes after the pudding goes in or after the 4 hours or overnight refrigeration (which would make it a cold cake).

    If you mean frost after 30 minutes, then please move the refrigerate 4 hours or overnight after frosting instructions, not after the pudding instructions.

    1. I have tried the pudding both ways and it worked best if it was still warm when poured over the cake.

      The frosting is separate from the refrigeration as not everyone will choose to add the frosting portion.

      1. I still don’t understand Holly. I want to add the pudding layer AND the frosting. Do I add the frosting 30 mins after the pudding layer is added to the cake OR after the refrigeration of the cake for 4 hours/overnight?

        1. Yes, you would add both, you just need the pudding layer to cool before adding the frosting.
          Bake the cake and while the cake is warm, add the pudding layer. Once you have added the pudding you can refrigerate the cake and let the pudding cool for 30 minutes.
          Once the pudding has cooled 30 minutes, you can add the frosting and continue to refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.

  67. when you say cake / pudding/ frosting sugar which type are you using? And is the flour you use a non rising flour is that why you use the baking powder and soda?