Chocolate pudding cake – Never miss this yummy dessert!

There are different types of desserts, like ice cream, cakes, chocolates, puddings, etc. Our choice is different from person to person. Some people love to have cupcakes, and others have carvings for pudding. Some people like vanilla, while others prefer chocolate. What do you think if you have a dessert that is a combination of all?  Chocolate pudding cake  is one such dessert, but this is strictly for chocolate cake lovers. It typically has two separate layers as it bakes: a chocolate cake and a sticky pudding-like sauce. We call it  chocolate pudding cake, and it has different names: chocolate upside-down cake, hot fudge pudding cake, brownie pudding cake, or self-saucing pudding cake.

Since there are many  chocolate pudding cake recipes are available, let us look into  an old-fashioned chocolate pudding cake  recipe. It is simple and easy to prepare. Once you are familiar with the traditional old fashion recipe, you can try others also.

Ingredients for the chocolate pudding cake

Chocolate cake:

  • All-purpose flour- 3/4 cup (105g
  • Dutch-processed cocoa powder- 3 tablespoons (20g)
  • Baking powder- 2 teaspoons
  • Salt- 1/4 teaspoon
  • Granulated sugar- 3/4 cup (150g)
  • Whole milk- 1/2 cup (120 ml)
  • Unsalted butter, melted- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick or 56g)
  • Pure vanilla extract- 2 teaspoons

Pudding Sauce:

  • Dutch-processed cocoa powder- 1/4 cup (25g)
  • Light brown sugar- 1/3 cup (65g)
  • Granulated sugar- 1/3 cup (65g)
  • Boiling water- 1 1/2 (360 ml)


Preheat your oven to 350F/180C as usual. Then keep ready an 8-inch square pan. Do not forget to grease your pan.

Add flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt sugar into a medium-sized bowl and mix all the ingredients. Take another small-sized ball, put milk, butter, and vanilla, and combine it until you get a fine mixture. After that, pour the second mixture into the flour mixture well. After mixing the batter, pour it into the prepared pan and smooth the top.

Now we move to prepare the pudding. Add cocoa, granulated sugar, and brown sugar into a small bowl and mix them until combined. Add the mixture on top of the batter evenly on the surface. Then pour the hot water evenly on top. Remember that; now, you do not need to stir it and leave as it is.

As the final step, you can put your pan in the preheated oven and bake it about 25-30 minutes. Wait with patience until the top of the cake should be nicely set, and the cake should be cracked. However, do not over bake. Take your cake outside and leave it cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack.

You can serve the warm cake or keep it in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 3 days. But before you serve it, put it in the microwave and make it warm.

Some additional tips

If you usually use cake mixtures for your cake, you can use them to prepare this delicious dessert. However, always use a best-reputed product like Duncan Hines. Then you will have a proper  Duncan Hines chocolate pudding cake.

You can use some additional toppings as you like. Whipped cream, cocoa powder, and vanilla ice cream are some better optional toppings for it.

If you like different flavors, you can use different ingredients to make  chocolate pudding cake filling. Heavy whipping cream, chocolate pudding, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and cream cheese can be used to fill your cake.