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A gooey, rich dessert, this Chocolate Pudding Cake has a cake top with a gooey pudding-like center. An easy dessert and one that everyone will fall in love with.

Chocolate Pudding Cake on white plate with ice cream and chocolate chips around it.

Chocolate is my downfall, I’m literally obsessed with everything chocolate. I honestly do not care what it is cakes, cookies, bars, or candy, I am just in love.

This Chocolate Pudding Cake has always been one of my favorites, with two different textures it is really a fun and flavorful cake that warms you to the brim.

Top this with some ice cream, and you have yourself pure deliciousness. This is rich but subtle at the same time, you will fall in love with each and every bite.

If you’ve been looking for that cake for your favorite chocolate lover in your life, or you just want something absolutely amazing, this Chocolate Pudding Cake is just what you need.

Some of our other favorite chocolate desserts we have on our site include: German Chocolate Cake, Easy Chocolate Fudge and Slow Cooker Peanut Clusters.

Finished cake in dish with some removed and serving spoon in dish.

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  • Easy pantry staple ingredients help this come together.
  • Done in under an hour.
  • A fun chocolate recipe for all the chocolate lovers.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (FULL RECIPE BELOW):

  • All-purpose flour
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Granulated sugar
  • Light brown sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Fine sea salt
  • Buttermilk
  • Vegetable oil
  • Vanilla
  • Mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Boiling water

Ingredients needed to make a Chocolate Pudding Cake.

HOW TO MAKE A CHOCOLATE PUDDING CAKE:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9-inch baking dish with baking spray, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Add the buttermilk, oil, and vanilla, stir together until combined with no dry patches. 
  4. Add the batter to the baking dish and smooth it out in the bottom of the dish.
  5. In a separate bowl make the sauce by stirring together the sugar, brown sugar, cocoa powder, and chocolate chips. Sprinkle this mixture over the batter.
  6. Pour the boiling water over the top, do not mix it in. Bake for 28-32 minutes until the top looks set and cracked and the sides and starting to pull away from the dish.
  7. Let the cake cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes before serving.

Step by step photos on how to make a Chocolate Pudding Cake.

IS THIS CAKE REALLY RICH?

When it comes to the chocolate flavor, you are absolutely going to taste it, this is pure chocolate heaven. You can, however tone it down by adding some toppings.

We like adding a scoop of ice cream, flavored sauces like vanilla or caramel, or even just a dollop of whipped cream can tame this down.

WILL THE CENTER CONTINUE TO BE GOOEY?

The longer that it sits it will set up more, so if you are looking for that nice gooey center, then I suggest eating it right away.

If you want a more set center, let this sit a little longer to thicken up slightly.

CAN I CUT BACK THE CHOCOLATE FLAVOR?

If you want to make this slightly less chocolatey, you can cut out the chocolate chips in the recipe. We love adding these for that extra flavor, but they are not necessary.

Close up of Chocolate Pudding Cake on plate topped with ice cream.

HOW TO STORE:

This Chocolate Pudding Cake is best stored in an airtight container in the fridge, where it should keep for up to 5 days.

You can also freeze this cake, place it in a freezer container and it will keep frozen for up to 3 months.

Defrost by removing to the refrigerator until thawed, then reheat in the microwave until heated through.

TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • You can switch up the flavor by adding different extracts, try out your favorites.
  • The chocolate chips can be omitted if you want to tone down the chocolate.
  • This can be frozen, see above on how to do that.
  • Top with ice cream or some of your other favorite sauces or whipped cream.
  • This will thicken as it sits.

Spoon holding up some of the cake from the plate.

Want that pure chocolate indulgence that will send your tastebuds over the edge? Then you need to make my Chocolate Pudding Cake right away.

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5 from 3 votes

Chocolate Pudding Cake

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 32 minutes
Total: 42 minutes
A gooey rich dessert, this Chocolate Pudding Cake has a cake top with a gooey pudding like center. An easy dessert, and one that everyone will fall in love with.
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

For the sauce:

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9-inch baking dish with baking spray, set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add the buttermilk, oil, and vanilla, stir together until combined with no dry patches.
  • Add the batter to the baking dish and smooth it out in the bottom of the dish.
  • In a separate bowl make the sauce by stirring together the sugar, brown sugar, cocoa powder, and chocolate chips. Sprinkle this mixture over the batter.
  • Pour the boiling water over the top, do not mix it in. Bake for 28-32 minutes until the top looks set and cracked and the sides and starting to pull away from the dish.
  • Let the cake cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes before serving.

Notes

  1. You can switch up the flavor by adding different extracts, try out your favorites.
  2. The chocolate chips can be omitted if you want to tone down the chocolate.
  3. This can be frozen, see above on how to do that.
  4. Top with ice cream or some of your other favorite sauces or whipped cream.
  5. This will thicken as it sits.

Nutrition

Calories: 516kcal | Carbohydrates: 92g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 435mg | Potassium: 476mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 67g | Vitamin A: 56IU | Calcium: 142mg | Iron: 4mg
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Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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