Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cake! Creates its own sauce!

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This easy chocolate pudding cake is quick to make! It creates its own rich sauce making it ooey gooey good. If you like lava cake, you'll love this!

This Chocolate Pudding Cake (aka chocolate lava cake) is a very simple and very rich chocolate dish that comes together with just one bowl and one dish!  It’s super easy to make and is ready in about 30 minutes. The best part is that this cake makes it’s very own sauce which makes it so deliciously rich and moist!

Items you’ll need for this recipe:

* Casserole Dish * Cocoa Powder * Chocolate Chips *

This easy chocolate pudding cake is quick to make! It creates its own rich sauce making it ooey gooey good. If you like lava cake, you'll love this!

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3.8 from 5 votes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Author Holly
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
This Chocolate Pudding Cake (aka chocolate lava cake) is a very simple and very rich chocolate dish that comes together with just one bowl and one dish! It’s super easy to make and is ready in about 30 minutes.


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cups hot water

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  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a 2 qt casserole dish, combine flour, white sugar, cocoa powder and baking powder.
  3. Add milk and oil, and vanilla. Stir until well mixed.
  4. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, cocoa powder and chocolate chips. Sprinkle over cake batter. DO NOT STIR. Pour hot water over top.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top looks cooked. Serve warm (with ice cream if desired).
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Love Pudding Cake?  Here are a few of my favorites!

* Banana Pudding Cakefrom Spend With Pennies
* Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake *from Two Peas in their Pod
* Red Velvet Pudding * Cake from Spend With Pennies

This easy chocolate pudding cake is quick to make! It creates its own rich sauce making it ooey gooey good. If you like lava cake, you'll love this!

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  1. Made this for my husbands birthday – he doesn’t like anything “new” but loves chocolate 

    He LOVED it – had seconds 

    We’re going to make it family birthday tradition

    I made it true to the recipe – using 2% milk and I boiled the water first 

  2. This cake was fabulous! I doubled it and put it in a 4 quart Pyrex dish. I received two thumbs up from my husband and five year old son. I think it would be fabulous replacing the hot water with strong coffee( made with instant coffee). It would really bring out the chocolate flavor even more.
    I also used  1/2 cup Ghiradeli  dark chocolate morsels because that is all I had on hand.  It was perfect! Not too sweet but scrumptious chocolate flavor. 

  3. Gooey goodness. It’s not very sweet, but it is still fabulous! Ice cream would have really made this perfect.

  4. I’m going to make this as written tonight, but I wonder how it would bake up in individual ramekins? I’ve made individual chocolate lava cakes and they’re always a hit.  It would be easy to divide the batter, but I don’t know how much water should be poured over each.

    1. I haven’t tried it in individual ramekins (although I do love the idea of it)… please let us know how it worked out for you if you did try it!

  5. I was looking for a pudding cake recipe stumbled upon this one by accident and decided to try it. SUPER easy and boy, was it fudgy and good. Glad I found this website.

  6. This might be a dumb question, but I’m baking mine in a 8 X 8 square glass pan. Would you mix it in the pan or in a separate bowl and then scrape it into the pan after mixed? Thanks!

          1. Yes it can, I do a version of this in the microwave, about 6 minutes. Great for a dinner party as everything can be prepared and zapped when ready. Pouring cream or home made ice cream goes well with this.

  7. My mother made this same dessert in the 40’s and 50’s. We all loved it. My brothers called it “Chocolate Messy”.

    The only difference was that we didn’t use chocolate chips in the topping –Just 3/4 cup packed brown sugar and 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder. My mother called “Brownie Pudding Cake”.

    We make it in an 8″ square pan/

  8. I love that this cake is easy to prep the night before so that you can make it hot for entertaining with minimal effort the day of you event. It is so good, and egg free so i can actually eat it!! Thank you!!

  9. Hi Holly, I have been looking for my old recipe for Chocolate Mayo Cake, would you happen to have it??? I’ve lost my old recipe, and really need to make one for my hubby today!
    Thanks so much.

      1. Hi Bevie, was reading the comments for this delish cake and read a few of you can’t find the mayo cake recipe. Just checked my Hellman’s jar and there it was! Enjoy!

  10. Just brown water on top. This is not working out and it has been in an hour now. Also please say boiling water instead of hot water if your water is near boiling. Frustrated cook.

    1. I used very hot tap water. I’m not sure why this didn’t work out for you. Did you sprinkle the brown sugar on top without mixing it in?

    1. I have only cooked it as in the recipe so I can’t say for sure how it would work at 220 degrees. You will want to ensure the cake portion on the top is cooked all of the way through.

    2. I think you’re saying you have 220 degrees CELSIUS…. And the recipe is calling for 350 degrees FAHRENHEIT.

      180C is equals to 350F (or google for the rest of the conversion)… So I am pretty sure you can do this with your oven :)

  11. Should I boil the water or can it just be hot tap water from the sink? This looks really good, and I can’t wait to try it!

    1. I usually use hot water from our water cooler so it’s very hot or close to boiling. In my experience, the hotter the water, the thicker the pudding.

  12. Did anyone else try this? I did not care for it at all and my 6 year old son who eats everything didn’t like it either…

  13. this is my hubbies childhood favorite but it doesn’t say whether you put a lid on the baking dish that you are using this could make a big difference in the outcome. please answer as I have one in the oven right now and I took the chance of putting a lid on my casserole dish, due to the water factor I do not want it to evaporate, think this is correct. thanks..

    1. I have only made this as written so I’m not sure how the flour substitution would work out. 2/3 cup of milk is not half cup.

    2. use a 1/3 cup measuring cup 2 times… or there are 16 tablespoons in a cup so 2/3 of that would be 10 Tablespoons and about 1 and 1/2 teaspoons… I really hope this helps you . I dont think a 1/2 a teaspoon is going to make that much difference …

  14. I make a similar pudding cake, but the topping to mine is brown sugar and hot coffee (decaf or regular) and chocolate chips are added to the batter :)
    I’ll try this topping next time :)

  15. This looks amazing. Do you know if this will work at high altitude? I’m at 10,000 feet and am having so much trouble baking. Thanks!!

    1. Sorry Donna, I don’t have any advice when it comes to high altitude baking… hopefully someone else can help you with that question!

    1. Hmm. I’m not sure Cindy, they are showing for me. Are you on a mobile device or desktop computer? Have you tried a different browser?

  16. About how many does this feed? I’m thinking about taking this to a get together tonight, where there will only be 4 of us….

  17. I used a 6 cup corning ware dish, I think that might have been the issue. It’s been in the oven 40 minutes and it’s just starting to show cake on top, so I think that’s what happened. So, it’s going to take a little longer to cook, but I think it will taste great!

  18. Mine has been in the oven 30 minutes. I just looked at it and all of the water is still on top. I did it exactly as the recipe said to.

    1. Hmm, I’ve made this quite a few times and that’s never happened so I can’t say why. Did you stir in the boiling water when you added it?

  19. I am new to your site. I’d like to thank you so much for this super easy, very yummy dessert recipe. My family went CRAZY over it. Daughter had three servings.

    Definitely a keeper recipe. Can’t wait to try out the apple cinnamon roll ups tonight.

    1. I am going to try it using almond milk. I’ll let you know how it turns out. I made it once, using whole milk as directed, as it was fabulous.

    2. I made this tonight with gluten free flour, coconut almond milk , it was really good. I omitted the chocolate chips. (Because I didn’t have any..)
      I also doubled the recipe and made it in a 9×13 dish, baked for 40 minutes.

  20. My daughter-in-law made something similar but with pound cake , chocolate syrup, chocolate pudding, cookie crumbs, whipped cream. Repeat 3 or 4 times. it was yummy she didn’t give me specifics

  21. I doubled the recipe, and am wondering how long it should bake for…I checked it at 35 min and the cake part rose to te top, looks good, but it is so hoppy underneath still. Thinking it can’t be finished…has anyone doubled before? How long shall I bake it for?

  22. For the “Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cake” can Liquor/Rum be added? If yes, how & when, at what stage to add the rum? I intend to fix this dessert for Thanksgiving. I have some leftover Spiced Rum. Thanks in advance for the answers.

  23. I made this cake tonight and the comments I got from all 3 kids were they thought it was a little to “dark chocolate” tasting and wanted it to be a little sweeter. My thoughts were it was sweet enough, but the “gooey” part wasn’t enough and the cake is really dry without it. I think next time I will increase the water to 1 1/2 cups for me, and maybe add 1/4 cup extra sugar (I’m going to use brown sugar) to the cake mix part. A great dessert to pop in the oven as you are taking dinner out so it is ready as soon as you are done with your meal. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Do you need both unsweetened cocoa powder and cocoa powder? Can use use one or the other? Or use milk chocolate chips and unsweetened cocoa in topping?

      1. Thanks Holly….trying it tonite…my son is home from college and very excited about this dessert…keep our fingers crossed.

  25. This is almost the same recipe that came from my mother’s Betty Crocker cookbook that she got for a wedding gift in 1958 – minus the chocolate chips. It is a family favorite – so easy and so decadent! We call it Hot Fudge Pudding Cake!

    1. I Used To Make This Alot When My Kids Were Growing Up And We All Loved It. The Topping With The Hot Water Makes Like A Hot Fudge Which Ends Up On The Bottom When Baked. I Also Wonder About Using A Cake Mix.I’ll Bet It Would Be Okay, But Of Course Would Make A Sheet Cake, A.d The Eggs Would Make It Lighter & Not As Dense.

  26. Do you think you could use a boxed choc. cake mix? Then add the topping? The grocery store closes in 10 mins & i have no cocoa powder. But i want it now! lol

    1. I haven’t tried it that way! If you do try it, I’d love to hear how it works. I would double the topping recipe because this makes a small cake.

  27. I almost damaged my screen trying to get that Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cake, AWESOME! Hope you are having a great day and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  28. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    oh. my. gosh, YUM!!
    I can’t wait to make this!
    I’m a HUGE chocolate fan!
    Thanks so much for sharing,

  29. Everything about this cake looks and sounds absolutely scrumptious!! It immediately caught my eye at the Time to Sparkle link party! Thanks for sharing! Pinned ;) Have a lovely week!!