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two spoons digging into a skillet of chocolate pudding cake

Chocolate Pudding Cake

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  • Author: Jenna Barnard
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings


This chocolate pudding cake is basically magic. Fluffy chocolate cake is baked with sugar, cocoa, and boiling hot water on top. As it bakes, the concoction turns into hot fudge and sinks to the bottom of the cake. So each bite has warm and moist chocolate cake with melty hot fudge! This can also be made traditional, gluten free, and/or vegan.


Chocolate Cake

  • 1 cup (130g) all purpose flour or gluten free baking flour
  • 1/2 cup (100g) light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup (30g) dutch process cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp instant coffee granules
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup milk (regular or plant-based)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted (regular or plant-based)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Hot Fudge

  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup (25g) dutch process cocoa
  • 1 1/4 cup (295ml) boiling hot water


Chocolate Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a 10″ oven-safe skillet. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, coffee granules, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl or measuring glass, combine the milk, melted butter, and vanilla. If the cold milk causes the butter to clump up, microwave the mixture for about 20 seconds to melt again.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  5. Pour the batter into the skillet and spread it even. Set aside.

Hot Fudge

  1. Add the sugars and cocoa powder to a bowl and combine using your hands. This is better than a whisk as you’re able to break up any brown sugar clumps while mixing.
  2. Sprinkle the sugar mixture on top of the cake batter and spread it even. Pour the boiling water on top. It should completely submerge the sugar mixture.
  3. Carefully transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. The cake will appear a bit jiggly but that’s perfectly fine.
  4. Allow the cake to cool for about 20 minutes. Then top with ice cream and serve right away. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
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