The most necessary chocolate pudding dessert with a gooey texture cake and a chocolate sauce underneath. If that doesn't make sense try eating it because it won't matter! This dessert comes together in no time at all so it's super simple to make.
I don't make this pudding often because it's such a treat and sometimes a necessity????When I do make it, it varies in recipe and quantity and normally made in a small baking pot because as easy as it is to make, it really is very rich.
What Is Chocolate Pudding?
When you think of pudding you may think of something not just warm, sweet, sticky and fruity but also the time it takes to make. For me that would be my mother's much loved Christmas Penny Pudding❤️️ Days or weeks in advance and a whole of love. This chocolate pudding however, under an hour ready to eat with that instant chocolate satisfaction that's so good you could bottle it and sell it!
I first saw this chocolate pudding on a Nigella TV show and knew I had to make it! I've made it with self raising flour and with cake flour and baking powder and come up with my own measurements that worked after a few fails. I wouldn't say fails because this dessert is so easy to make it can't possibly fail! You may get a different texture, sweetness, crust finish etc. but it will still be a chocolate pudding. Isn't that good to know?
How To Make Chocolate Pudding
This chocolate pudding bakes into a cake on top and a chocolate sauce at the bottom. It's easy and a real necessity, hormone dependent!
As with most basic cakes you have two components:
Dry Ingredients - Flour, salt, cocoa, sugar, baking powder
Wet Ingredients - Milk, eggs and butter
Combine the wet and the dry ingredients place into a greased oven proof dish and bake. Allow to cool and serve this sticky chocolate pudding with fresh cream softly whipped or ice cream.
Topping - Which is a mix of sugar and cocoa gets sprinkled over the batter.
Two things; don't press it in and definitely don't mix it in! The idea here is to cover the cake batter with the sugar and cocoa.
Boiling Water - Top the cake pudding off with boiling water. So put the kettle on and again just before pouring the water. This is cover the entire cake. Bake. You can use the back of a large spoon to pour the water in to prevent the water from splattering but I don't find that it's necessary. Carefully pour the water over and bake.
TIP: This chocolate cake pudding dessert is really simple so if you read the post through and follow the recipe card below you will have a decadent super delicious cake! Things like the sugar and cocoa over the batter and the boiling water to cover, don't overthink them, it's not complicated.
Serve in dessert bowls with ice cream, softly whipped fresh cream and some of the chocolate sauce to finish off. In all honesty, this chocolate pudding is so good that you could eat it without the cream especially when all you need is chocolate!
For any extra toppings here are a few suggestions. This may apply if you're going all out for friends and family or a big dinner and need a decadent indulged chocolate pudding. Now for those extras, suggested below if you still have space after a meal;
Blueberries and strawberries because chocolate and strawberries is always so good together
And with the chocolate pieces you can mix it up with different flavors too! You might like mint chocolate pieces, chocolate with nut pieces in, white chocolate, I could go on.
Tips and Suggestions
Read the post and recipe first. Get the ingredients out and if you are making the self-raising flour option then get the egg out onto the kitchen counter if it's in the fridge. Add the ingredients into a mixing bowl starting with the dry.
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The Cake Dry Ingredients
- 1 cup cake flour see Note 1 below to make it with self-raising flour
- ¼ cup cacao powder Note 2 below on type of cacao
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup sugar
- ¾ cup milk
- ¼ cup butter unsalted and melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
The Sauce Ingredients
- ½ cup white sugar granulated table sugar
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons cacao powder
- 1 ¼ cups boiling water
- Preheat the oven to 177 degrees (177°C) and use cooking spray for the baking pan. Also make sure there's water in the kettle boiling for the end of the recipe.
- Combine the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and use a wooden spoon to mix them together. Add the wet ingredients one at a time, mix with the wooden spoon or whisk (whichever you prefer) and mix until it's smooth and lump free. Takes a couple of seconds.
- Pour the chocolate pudding cake batter into the prepared baking dish and spread it out evenly.
- Combine the sauce ingredients in a plate or bowl and mix them together. Now that you have a sugar and cacao mix pour it evenly over the cake batter. I know it look a lot but still pour it all over the batter. Don't mix anything just pour it over!
- Re-boil the kettle water quickly and pour into your cup and a quarter measurements and then slowly pour it over the cake. Don't stir it, don't mix it! The water will sit on the cake batter and that's exactly how we want it!
- Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 35 minutes. Remove it from the oven and let it rest 10 to 15 minutes.
- Serve with ice cream of softly whipped cream. You can add whatever you like for serving, chocolate pieces, berries, chocolate shavings etc. or you can enjoy as is. Use the sauce at the bottom of the cake to drizzle over the servings.
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