Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cake


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Who doesn’t love a homemade, chocolatey, hot fudge pudding cake?

This super yummy, super gooey chocolate pudding cake is an easy, one-dish dessert recipe that can go from the oven to the table in no time flat!  Make it from scratch in under an hour, and serve warm with ice cream!

baked chocolate pudding cake in a bowl with a spoon

Why We Love Pudding Cake

Chocolate pudding cake is so easy and uses pantry ingredients that you probably have on hand.

Pudding cake is made in just one pan, which means fewer dishes!

Moist and gooey with a deep chocolatey flavor, pudding cake is an easy and decadent dessert!

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Ingredients & Variations

While the base will always be the same, there are plenty of ways to customize chocolate pudding cake!

DRY Flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and baking powder are all used in this Pudding Cake!

WET Milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla are all added to the dry ingredients.

TOPPING Brown sugar, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and water are all mixed together to create the hot fudge topping!

VARIATIONS Toss in a handful of toasted walnuts, hazelnuts, or sliced almonds! Add maraschino cherries on top, or add a swirl of peanut butter through the batter before baking!

Steps for making chocolate pudding cake in a white casserole dish

How to Make Pudding Cake

Super quick and easy, this cake turns out perfect every time!

  1. Combine the first four ingredients in a casserole dish. Use a whisk to blend everything thoroughly.
  2. Add liquid ingredients (per recipe below). Stir until well mixed.
  3. Sprinkle on the topping and DO NOT STIR. Pour very hot/boiling water over top and bake.

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream and some sprinkles or chopped nuts!

chocolate pudding cake with vanilla ice cream served in a bowl

Tips for the Best Pudding Cake

  • Do not stir or mix the topping once sprinkled over top.
  • The water poured over top of the dessert should be very very hot. I use hot tap water (or hot water from my coffee machine).
  • Allow this dessert to rest at least 10-15 minutes after baking so the pudding layer has a chance to set up a bit.
  • Keep pudding cake in a sealed container at room temperature!

Decadent Desserts

Did you love this Chocolate Pudding Cake? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below! 

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4.86 from 68 votes
Review Recipe

Chocolate Pudding Cake

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
This Chocolate Pudding Cake is a very simple, rich chocolate dessert that comes together in just one dish!

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Topping
  • cup brown sugar packed
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 ¼ cups very hot water

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a 2 qt casserole dish, combine flour, white sugar, cocoa powder, and baking powder.
  • Add milk and oil, and vanilla. Stir until well mixed.
  • In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, cocoa powder and chocolate chips. Sprinkle over cake batter. DO NOT STIR. Pour hot water over top.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top looks cooked. Serve warm (with ice cream if desired).

Recipe Notes

Do not stir or mix the topping once sprinkled over top. 
The water poured over top of the dessert should be very very hot. I use hot tap water (or hot water from my coffee machine).
Allow this dessert to rest at least 10-15 minutes after baking so the pudding layer has a chance to set up a bit. 
Keep pudding cake in a sealed container at room temperature!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 349, Carbohydrates: 65g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 25mg, Potassium: 409mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 45g, Vitamin A: 50IU, Calcium: 119mg, Iron: 3.1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword best pudding cake, chocolate lava cake, Chocolate Pudding Cake, easy chocolate pudding cake, pudding cake
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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    1. In the ingredients list under Topping, the recipe calls for 1 ¼ cups very hot water. Enjoy the cake Karen!

  1. This cake is a winner!! Soooo yummy and so easy to put together! The only thing I did differently was add a half tsp of cinnamon because I think cinnamon and chocolate were meant to go together :)5 stars

  2. This was a quick, easy and very yummy dessert. Not too sweet and perfectly chocolatey. I would definitely make this again!4 stars

    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.

  3. This was OUTRAGEOUS!! Made exactly as directed with the exception of using instant espresso coffee in the boiling water before pouring on top. It came out perfectly! I made this for my husband’s birthday, and he absolutely loved it!! Will definitely make again! Thanks for a great, easy, delicious recipe!!

  4. I was looking for just a easy chocolate pudding recipe for dessert tonight and came across this pudding cake recipe and had to make it. OMG !!
    so easy to make and OMG! its sooooooo! delicious ❤
    I only had Strawberry Fudge ice cream from savemart ther brand (its bomb) with this pudding cake
    thankyou for the recipe i love it5 stars