Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cake

This Chocolate Pudding Cake essentially is chocolate cake melts into a gooey chocolate pudding. Best served warm with a glass of milk.

My friends it’s been forever and a day since I made something with chocolate, what’s wrong with me? I guess it’s because I’m not the most dessertiest of people, my Mom is rolling her eyes right now I can feel it!!! Don’t get me wrong, I like desserts… but I just don’t like certain kinds of desserts. Am I even making any sense? Like I like ice cream and cookies, but cake is just ehh for me. But this cake isn’t like other cakes since it requires zero frosting… because there’s pudding instead, of course!

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So picture this; it’s a sunny afternoon and I’ve accomplished many things already and it’s only 12 pm. So far I’ve washed all our laundry, cleaned out my bedroom closet, killed a ginormous 8-legged-bazillion-eyed-spider (they’re coming out of hiding!) and now I’m sitting in my most comfiest of comfy clothes whilst this cracktastic dessert is baking in the oven. I have no idea how all of this got done in the matter of hours, maybe it’s the coffee I had… or maybe it was the sunshine.

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Okay so I’m pretty sure it was the thought of consuming chocolate. I mean really.

So here are couple of scenarios: Are you having company over and let’s say you’re not the Bettiest of Betty Crockers? Or you only have 1 hour to turn out a dessert and only the basic of pantry ingredients… OR maybe you just want to huddle under a pile blankets with a spoon and something chocolaty? This is it!

The whole thing, start to finish takes a little under an hour, which means dessert to your table and into your mouth in little to no time.

Did I mention it’s chocolaty?


And yes, not a single package of J-E-L-L-O pudding was used to make this dessert! All you need is a baking dish, a whisk and a few measuring devices and in 1 hour you will have pudding. cake.


Who needs a bowl when you can use the pan? First, start by measuring and whisking together 1 cup all purpose flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 2 teaspoons baking powder and 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt in an 8×11 baking dish.

1 cup milk

To that pour in the cup of milk.

2 tbs melted butter

Then 2 tablespoons of melted butter.


Then add in a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

whisk together

Next whisk yet again until combined.


Here comes the crazy part; in a small bowl combine the 3/4 cup of dark brown sugar along with the 1/4 cup of cocoa powder.


Next sprinkle that evenly over the top of the batter. DO NOT STIR!


Then add in one cup of hot coffee and stir it all around to dissolve the crystals, or just brew a cup of coffee… seriously it doesn’t even have to be this much work.

pour coffee over the top

Next pour it over the cocoa/brown sugar.


That’s it. Do not stir, do not whisk. Next just head to your preheated 350° oven with this and set the timer for 40 minutes.

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Like whoa. It’s a cake…

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And then there’s pudding.

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Gooey. Chocolatey. Cake that’s pudding that’s CAKE. Lord help us all!

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I thought this was yummy and it’s definitely a crazy combination of pudding and cake, but I would’ve definitely liked this even MORE with a scoop of peppermint ice cream, or even dare I say, sea salt ice cream?! My girls gobbled it down like it was their J.O.B and I was satisfied with a small bowl. But then I went back at pan with a spoon like it was my J.O.B. and I’m only slightly ashamed about it. Yeah, not really.

Enjoy! And if you give this Chocolate Pudding Cake recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 8+ servings

Chocolate Pudding Cake

Chocolate Pudding Cake
Chocolate cake melts into a gooey chocolate pudding.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus two tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup hot coffee
  • ice cream, for serving (any flavor)


  1. In an 8x11 baking dish; whisk together the flour, sugar, two tablespoons of the cocoa, baking powder and salt.
  2. Pour in the cup of milk, melted butter and vanilla. Stir until combined, be sure to get the corners.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the 1/4 cup cocoa powder with 3/4 cup dark brown sugar with a fork. Break up any large clumps and sprinkle it over the top of the batter. DO NOT STIR.
  4. Pour 1 cup of coffee (I used instant coffee granules with a cup of boiling water) over top of the brown sugar/cocoa. DO NOT STIR.
  5. Carefully place the baking dish into a preheated 350 degree oven and bake for 40 minutes, rotating the pan half way through baking time.
  6. Let cool for 20 minutes before serving.
  7. Serve slightly warm with a scoop of your favorite ice cream.
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33 Responses to “Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cake”

  1. #
    jane — March 22, 2013 at 6:43 am

    Ho La La <3

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    EatStylePlay — March 22, 2013 at 7:56 am

    OMG…this looks freaking amazing!

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    Michael Adams — March 22, 2013 at 8:29 am

    This was my favorite dessert in college (the dining hall made it and called it Denver Chocolate Pudding). I would always go early to get the first batch out of the oven. THANK YOU for this recipe!

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    Robby — March 22, 2013 at 9:27 am

    This is called “Brownie Fudge Pudding” at our house, and we have to make a double batch if the whole family is together for an event. We don’t eat it all, but there might be fisticuffs if there isn’t some to take home. But, you have to have ice cream to go with it. Vanilla or coffee, as you wish.

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — March 22, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Holy cow, I have no words for the amazing-ness of this. So good, Laurie. Happy Friday to you!

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    Tieghan Gerard — March 22, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Oh yeah is right! This looks so amazing! I want a bowl now!

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    Steph (Poupette in the Kitchen) — March 22, 2013 at 10:40 am

    the entire time I was reading this post, I was praying to the cooking gods this was a microwave (gasp!!) one. oh, don’t get me wrong, I’ll definitely still try this with a regular oven, but you have to admit sometimes you just can’t wait that long to indulge! 😉 yay chocolate! happy friday laurie!

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — March 22, 2013 at 10:40 am

    For a gooey chocolate lover such as myself, your casserole dish full of chocolate pudding cake is setting my senses a-fire! Have a fun weekend, Laurie!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — March 22, 2013 at 11:24 am

    WHAAAAATTTTTTTTT. I wonder how this would ship.

  10. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — March 22, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Laurie this looks like a big dish of yumminess!

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    Jackie @ The Beeroness — March 22, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I love this! The only problem is that I would eat the entire pan all by myself.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 22, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    This looks so lovely!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    This needs to get in my belly. Like now.

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    CateyLou — March 22, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Wow, I can’t believe you make this all in one pan! What a great recipe!!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — March 22, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Oh my goodness does that look heavenly!

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    Erica — March 22, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Thanks for ruining my diet! That looks spectacular! xoxo

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    Shannon — March 22, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Does it taste like coffee?

    • simplyscratch replied: — March 23rd, 2013 @ 7:50 pm

      Great question! I personally could barely could taste it, you could use water but the coffee really brings out the chocolate flavor. 🙂

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — March 23, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Woah! This looks amazing! All the gooey-ness ! Yum!

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    Sally — March 25, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    I’m not a real huge dessert fan, either. The fancier it is — well, I won’t make it and I’ll probably only eat a bite or two. That’s it. I really prefer simpler desserts.

    I remember something like this from when I was a kid — also a lemon version. I’m not sure which was my favorite. I think I’ll make this tomorrow.

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    Sally — March 25, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Oh, I meant to add: neither of my daughters like coffee at all. I add coffee to most chocolate desserts and they don’t know it’s there unless I tell them. It makes the chocolate taste more chocolate-y.

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    lisa r. — March 25, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    looks delish. do you know if this would work with almond milk?

  22. #
    Kenneth — March 26, 2013 at 8:35 am

    This pudding cake looks really delicious. We are a bit different because I am really addicted to cakes, especially the chocolate ones. I want to try this one and thanks for sharing this recipe. I hope I’ll be be able to follow this one.

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — March 26, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    is it bad i want to eat that entire cake for lunch right now??!?! please don’t judge me! I’m starving. and I love pudding cake! look at all that goo!

  24. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — March 28, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Give me a spoon and a whole pan of this – I’m getting all up in its business.

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    Emmanuelle — March 30, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Of course I couldn’t resist long to try this yummy recipe and it was a much appreciated dessert for us chocolate addicts! I will post pics on my blog tomorrow for Easter with a link to your blog. Thanks again for sharing this deliciously addictive recipe!

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    33 — June 20, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I am new to baking and have done your gooey chocolate cake 4 times already! The first time was not successful because I baked it for too long (didn’t look done so I put more time) not realizing that it was supposed to be soft.

    2nd time was a charm and I have been charmed ever since. 🙂

    this recipe is so easy and all the ingredients are the pantry staples. whenever i wanted to bake a quick dessert, this one was it.

    last night i made one for my boss’ b-day. i cut him a big slice this morning and he was PLEASED (he’s a big chocolate lover).

    so there, I must thank you for sharing this wonder and so-easy recipe. thank you thank you thank you!

  27. #
    Nicole — December 12, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    This certainly looked delicious, but I tried it and I’m not sure why but it turned out gummy and not sweet enough. The coffee had a bit of an overpowering flavor and the “cake” was rubbery. I was hoping for gooey, cakey goodness but I don’t think I’ll even try to make this again, sadly.

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    Robin — May 11, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Thank you for this recipe! I made this all the time when I was a kid (served with whipped cream, made with a whisk until my mom let me use the mixer). I’ve now used your recipe twice to make it with my kids (age two and five). As delicious and simple as I remember it!

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    Robin — May 11, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Addendum: I make this with hot water instead of hot coffee because that’s how my childhood recipe made the pudding…and I bake it only just until it looks like cake so it’s very soft and not at all gummy like another person commented.

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    suz — February 14, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    I wish you ladies would just post the recipe and keep your personal stuff to yourselves. One recipe I saw on another story gave her potty training story before giving up the recipe!

  31. #
    Judy Goosen — June 5, 2016 at 4:19 am

    A W E S O. M E N E S S S S S !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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