Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cake

Total Time:
1 hr 5 min
20 min
15 min
30 min

about 9 servings


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

For the cake: Whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Whisk in the milk, butter and vanilla. Stir together until smooth with a wooden spoon or spatula.

Pour the batter into an ungreased 9-inch square baking pan. Use an offset spatula to level into pan.

For the topping: Whisk together the sugars and cocoa and sprinkle it evenly over the batter. Pour the hot water over the top, resist the temptation to stir it into the batter.

Bake about 30 minutes, you want the center to bubble and look almost set, almost like an undercooked brownie. Take out of the oven and let stand 15 minutes. Serve in dessert dishes, spooning sauce from bottom of pan over top. Serve with mint chocolate chip ice cream, if desired.

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    This is so easy and so delicious. Please try it. Thanks Anne.
    Don't know where I went wrong. Followed the directions exactly and, I've made pudding cakes before. This did not turn out at all. After 40min I had liquid on top and a chewy glob of very dense chocolate "dumpling" under rather than cake. The taste was ok, very sweet but, that was not a bad thing necessarily. I will likely try it again though.
    This is a perfect chocolaty pudding cake. I served it warm with ice cream for a birthday cake and everyone loved it!
    This recipe was wicked easy and it came out great! I was a little skeptical when the topping was just sitting on top but once it bakes, it sinks right to the middle and when you heat it to serve it comes out like molten lave cake! I served it with vanilla icecream and caramel topping and it was a huge hit! :
    I added extra cocoa powder in top and bottom layer. Also added small dark chocolte truffles to bottom and some chocolate flakes. Came aout dark with plenty of flavor.
    Amazing next time..I wonder if can double the recipe???? It was so easy. fudgy, and moist! It was devoured in minutes!!!!!
    This cake was delicious. It was rich in flavor and moist. I still can't believe how wonderful the pudding in the cake turned out. This recipe is a keeper.
    I have never made or had anything like this before and lemme tell ya, it's SO GOOD!! Incredibly easy and excellent with ice cream! I highly recommend it!
    This cake is so yummy! It's fantastic every time. I love it with the sour cream ice cream on this site. soooo good!
    Just like I remember it when I was a kid. Super easy to put together and delicious! I like it with a dollop of whipped cream on the top.
    This is so good...I am glad I found this recipe! My mother used to make this and I lost the recipe some years ago..All I could remember is the boiling water poured over the batter...This tastes just like my mothers recipe! I made it for my brother when he came to visit and he agrees! Awesome!
    Sooooooo good and easy. Added instant coffee, cinnamon to the batter, with raspberry syrup over vanilla ice cream. It's one of those last minute surprise desserts that everyone loves!!!
    This is the easiest cake I have ever made not from a box. It's good when it's warm with the mint ice cream (a great touch, but it's really good cold as well. It's exactly what it's called, gooey chocolatey pudding cake. Mmmmm.... I've made it several times because it's just easy and delicious.
    This was a very simple recipe to make without having to go to the grocery store. I did add 2 chopped up candy bars and a TBS of Kahlua. Next time I will add espresso for more "punch". I do love the gooey chocolate.
    Easy to make, and good with vanilla ice cream. But it was laking in taste/flavor. It wasn't that sweet and some of the cake in the middle was chewy and wasn't appetizing.
    Oh My God!!! Easy and so good!! Gonna try it with nuts next time
    OMG awesome. Very rich and delicious chocolate dessert. And super easy to make. I have made three (to share since seeing this on TV Sunday. Everyone loves it!
    WOW! Thanks for this one Anne... I'm enjoying it as I type. I made it exactly per recipe - except that I added chopped walnuts to the topping. I cooked it two minutes longer (every oven varies a bit until it just jiggled in the middle. It came out PERFECT! This one is going into my recipe file to make again and again.
    I followed the recipe but added one extra twist. I added Dove Chocolate Mint chips to the batter. All I can say is "AWESOME"...
    This is a snap to make and I always have the ingredients on hand. I've made this twice now. Once, I added 1 Tbs. of Framboise (raspberry, and the second time I added 1 Tbs of Frangelico (hazelnut. Next time, I'll try it with 1 Tbs coffee flavored liqueur.
    This recipe turned out great! I was at home with the baby all night and wanted something sweet! I did have all of these ingredients in my pantry! It was very easy to make and keep and eye on the little one at the same time!
    Has anyone try this with ramekins? I did with large ones trying to get more individual portions... unfortunately it did NOT turn out well. The top cake was "sparse" and the underneath "goo" was not goo -- was more like chocolate water. If anyone's successful at this, let me know. (I'm still giving it a high rating as it is not recipe's fault that I wanted to change baking pan size and had a failure.
    Anne is right. These are all ingredients most of us have in our pantry and for that reason I'll make it again. I will however amp up the flavor. It was a little flat.
    This was a very good cake! I tried it with the mint chocolate chip ice cream and it was very delicious!
    Gooey, chocolately and warm from the oven......a perfect comfort dessert! I've made it twice so far. The first time I think I undercooked it a tad and so it was more pudding than cake. Second time it was better. I like a pretty even ratio of goo to cake. Didn't put ice cream on it, so I can't comment, but when I make it today I'll whip up some cream with expresso powder. That should enhance it even more (I'm hoping.
    Really yummy.
    Very easy to make but the taste is lacking. I will make again because I love the texture but with some changes. Perhaps some coffee for more chocolate flavor.
    I made this last week and it was so simple. I loved eating it warm with ice cream. It was a little difficult having to reheat the leftovers. I gave it to my pregnant sister and she loved it, hot or cold!! We'll be making again together since she is a big fan now.
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