Warm & Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cake Recipe

This chocolate pudding cake is so easy to make and such fun-why not do it with the kids? It’s almost like magic how this strange mix with hot water poured on top turns into a delicious, crusty, warm and oozy surprise.

Warm & Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 6

Warm & Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cake

When you’re preparing it don’t be alarmed-it doesn’t look like a typical cake when you pop it in the oven. Pouring hot water over the batter seems crazy but magic happens in the oven-forming a cake with a fudgy sauce on the bottom.


3/4 cup all-purpose flour

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, divided

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup milk

5 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups hot water

Your favorite ice cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. You’ll need an 8-inch square metal baking pan.
  2. Whisk flour, granulated sugar, 1/4 cup of the cocoa, the baking powder and salt in a medium bowl until blended. Whisk in milk and butter until blended.
  3. Pour into pan and smooth into an even layer. Sprinkle top evenly with brown sugar, then remaining 1/4 cup cocoa and the chocolate chips.
  4. Mix the vanilla and hot water and pour over top.
  5. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until the top looks dry but center of cake is still jiggly.
  6. Cool on wire rack until warm. Spoon into serving dishes and top with ice cream if desired.
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