Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cake

When it comes to desserts, gooey= good!
This recipe is a really old one and it seems like everyone I talked to has a version that their grandma used to make. 🙂 You know that if Grandma was making it, it’s good stuff!
This cake is completely from scratch and although the directions sound a little strange, I promise that it works! That gooey “pudding” goodness isn’t from a pudding mix, but instead it’s a melted chocolatey fudge that comes from the way you make the cake. It’s pretty much amazing. Throw some ice cream on top of the hot cake and you have a perfect dessert!

Serves: 8

Fudgy Chocolate Pudding Cake

12 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

52 minTotal Time

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  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar, divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups hot water
  • ice cream and hot fudge topping


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together 3/4 cup white sugar, flour, 1/4 cup cocoa, baking powder and salt. Add in the milk, butter and vanilla and stir until smooth.
  3. Pour batter into ungreased 9x9" square baking pan. Stir together remaining 1/2 cup white sugar, brown sugar and remaining 1/4 cup cocoa; sprinkle mixture evenly over batter. Pour hot water over top; do not stir (I know that it sounds weird, but I promise that it will all work out!).
  4. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until center is almost set (you do not want to over cook or it will not have the warm gooey pudding in the bottom).
  5. Remove cake from oven and let cool for about 15 minutes. When you scoop the cake into serving dishes, be sure to spoon the sauce from the bottom of the pan over the cake. Top with ice cream and hot fudge if desired.


You can also garnish with fresh fruit like raspberries or strawberries, or chopped nuts are delicious on this too!

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10 Responses to “Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cake”

  1. Stephanie
    I never thought I would ever say this. But this dessert is BETTER than the molten chocolate lava cake at Chili's.... I have a special relationship with that dessert. And now I'm in trouble because this was TOO easy to make. WELL DONE! Absolutely delicious.

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