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!

How to Make Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cake! Creates its own sauce!

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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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3.5 from 4 votes
Servings: 6
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
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
  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).
Nutrition Information

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

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!


Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

126 comments on “Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cake! Creates its own sauce!”

  1. 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. 

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

  3. This was very good! It had plenty of pudding and was even good the next day out of the refrigerator!

  4. did not enjoy this at all

  5. What temp should this be baked?

  6. 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.

    • 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. Could I use a bundt cake pan for this recipe? Thank you!

  10. I’ve not cooked anything yet from the recipes I’ve written down. But I will very soon. Thank you so much.

  11. Going to try this today

  12. I’ve made this a few times and it’s soon amazing!!!!

  13. How much water?

  14. I made this for first time tonight, it was clean out… Some say it was so good… Some say that is so rich to their taste.

  15. 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/

  16. 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!!

  17. How many does this serve? Serving size?

  18. sound good will try it sometime sound slike those sauce pudding wehad before

  19. Unfortunately I was one of the one who did not like this AT ALL even though I made as directed. Too bitter. :(

  20. 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.

    • I haven’t had a mayo cake in years, they’re so good! Sorry, I don’t have a recipe for mayo cake. I hope you find one!

      • 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!

  21. 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.

  22. Hi holly.. silly question but my oven only goes up to 220 degrees. How long would you suggest I bake for?

    • 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.

    • 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 :)

  23. 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!

    • 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.

  24. I just made this for my “chocoholic” father and it was a smashing success!

  25. 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…

  26. How many people does this serve?

  27. 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..

  28. How did it work out for those who doubled. Need for 12 to 16 people this looks great

  29. can i use cake wheat flour instead of all purpose flour…can you tell me 2/3 cup milk…is it half cup?

    • 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.

    • 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 …

  30. 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 :)

  31. 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!!

  32. Why can’t I see your recipes??

  33. this is so good i tried it today and everyone loved it

  34. can I use regular cho. chips instead of mini ones.

  35. Can 1/2 the amout of dc lour be sub for wheat flour?

  36. 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….

  37. what I double it or triple it for a 13 by 9 pan?

  38. 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!

  39. 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.

  40. Where is the pudding??

  41. This sounds so much like chocolate cobbler???? Are they just calling it a diff name

  42. We just pulled thisoutof the oven. After 40 mins, there’s still a lot of water on top….what did I do wrong???

  43. Can you substitute melted butter or coconut oil for the veg oil?

  44. Hi how do i convert cups to ounses as am in the UK and we dont do cups!

  45. 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.

  46. Can you use almond or rice milk instead of milk?

  47. This sounds good. I’m going to try it tomorrow.

  48. 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

  49. Do You Grease The Dish First? Will It Stick If You Don’t? Thanks……Looks Really Good!!!!

  50. 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?

  51. 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.

  52. This was a major hit!!!! Mt chocoholic said it was fantastic!!!! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  53. 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.

  54. 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?

  55. Will left overs from this cake keep? Is it OK to reheat it. Looks wonderful!!!

  56. 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!

    • 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.

  57. Hello!

    Do you stir the hot water into the batter or just pour it in then pop it in the oven?

  58. I made this over the weekend. It was so simple and tasted wonderful. Great recipe. :D

  59. I fix this cake in a slow cooker! Same ingredients and delish with vanilla ice cream!!!

  60. 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

  61. Exactly, how much water do you pour over the top? It looks so delicious and if like to make it tomorrow!
    Thanks for sharing!

  62. Pudding cake is irresistible! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  63. 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

  64. 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,

  65. WOW! Now this looks delicious! I’m dying for a piece of chocolate cake now!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  66. 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!!

  67. What dimensions should the pan be to ensure the proper depth of the cake itself? Thanks !

  68. is 3/4 cup flour correct????

  69. would this work in a slow cooker ????

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