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Ooey Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cake 
Jan. 9, 2012 7:52 am 
Updated: Jan. 16, 2012 4:01 pm
Yum! I found this recipe years ago, October 1995 to be exact, in my Cooking Light magazine. The recipe was simple and my kids gobbled it up. I then began making the melt in your mouth dessert for adult guest who were dieting. My original recipe served 9 and was only 254 calories. Even people who weren't huge chocolate fans seemed to lick their plates. For those special occasions I served it with a scoop of ice cream on the side.

Last night I had the pleasure to enjoy dinner with my supper club and decided to bring this dish and finish the preparation at my friend's home. It was easy to transport and simple to pop in the oven as we sat down for our main course, allowing the perfect amount of time to eat, rest and prepare for dessert. When I looked online for the recipe this morning, the one published by Cooking Light on Myrecipes.com is from January 1994 and contains butter, twice the sugar and one hundred more calories per serving. I think I'll stick with mine and make it more often this year!

Chocolate Pudding Cake

This cake batter is thick and must be spread over the pan for best results. The cake bubbles throughout the cooking process, creating holes in the top of the cake. Serve this gooey dessert with a spoon.
Chocolate Pudding Cake Photo by: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro
  • YIELD: 9 servings
  • COURSE: Desserts


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 Tablelspoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 3/4 cups Boiling water


Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine frist 5 ingredients in a 9 inch square baking pan. Add milk, oil, and vanilla, stirring until smooth. Spread evenly over bottom of pan.
Combine brown sugar and 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa and sprinkle evenly over batter.

Pour boiling water slowly over batter; do not stir (mixture will bubble). Bake at 350° for 40 minutes. Let stand a few minutes before cutting. Serve warm.

Okay - true confession time! I warmed up the one leftover piece of this cake for the photo this morning and planned to save it for one of the boys - whoever got up first - but I couldn't resist eating it myself for breakfast. Delicious even the second day.
chocolate pudding cake
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Jan. 9, 2012 1:09 pm
It looks so delicious. I love chocolate pudding cake. It always gets "wow" compliments everytime I serve it.
Jan. 9, 2012 1:26 pm
Forgive me for pointing this out in public, but there are a few editting problems. Do you bake it at 350 or 375? The part where the brown sugar and cocoa powder are combined - is that spread over the base or added to the water and boiled? Again, I apologise if I have embarrassed you. This sounds really good and I'd like to make it.
Jan. 9, 2012 8:44 pm
Yeah, I'm confused too, you boil it in the cake pan, along with the flour? That's how it reads. I'll give this a go too, pending clarification lol. Thanks for the recipe.
Jan. 9, 2012 9:34 pm
Preheat oven to 375°. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Sift together flour, 3/4 cup sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt over a large bowl. Add milk, 3 tablespoons butter, and vanilla, stirring until smooth. Set aside. Combine 1 1/2 cups sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat. Place a 10-inch cast-iron skillet in a 375° oven for 15 minutes. Place 1 tablespoon butter in preheated pan, swirling to evenly coat pan. Add batter, spreading evenly over pan. Pour water mixture slowly over batter; do not stir (mixture will bubble). Bake at 375° for 28 minutes or until cake is set. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Jan. 9, 2012 9:35 pm
Evidently I found it.
Jan. 10, 2012 6:42 am
Melinda the cake looks scrumptious. Raedwulf Thanks! I saved it as a weblink in my recipe box. Here is the link: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chocolate-pudding-cake-10000000577205/
Jan. 10, 2012 8:04 am
Okay - Thanks for noting that I didn't completely correct the directions when I pasted them in from the myrecipes.com's version of my recipe. I thought I'd revised everything to match my recipe, but obviously hadn't had enough coffee to be on top of it! Sorry. I think everything is correct now. The recipe on myrecipes.com has butter and is much more complicated, but I'm sure still good. I've never made that version of the pudding cake.
Jan. 11, 2012 8:57 pm
Yummy! I have a recipe similar to this. I haven't made this in years, but will be making it this week, using your recipe. Thank you.
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