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Chocolate pudding cake cannot be beat as a delicious, wonderful dessert everyone loves.

Chocolate Pudding Cake

This Chocolate Pudding Cake is a chocolate lovers dream. I’ve had this recipe for years and I hate to make it because I want to eat the entire cake. This is definitely a keeper. This cake is perfect to take to any gathering with family and friends.

Chocolate pudding cake will make chocolate lovers drool!


2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
6 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2/3 cup milk
6 tablespoons cocoa
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups boiling water
I make this in a 7 1/2 x 11 inch baking dish. You can use a 2 quart casserole dish as well. Mix butter, sugar, cocoa and salt together with a spoon right in the dish.  Add flour, baking powder, and milk and mix well.  In a separate bowl, mix cocoa and brown sugar and sprinkle over cake.  Pour boiling water over the entire thing and do not mix.  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 35 minutes.  Cake will be on top with pudding bubbling through.  Delicious with ice cream. Enjoy!
Chocolate Pudding Cake
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3 from 2 votes

Chocolate Pudding Cake

This delicious pudding cake is so easy to make and one your will love. Top with ice cream for a wonderful dessert.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Cake
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: Chocolate PUdding Cake
Servings: 6 servings
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks



  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2/3 cup milk


  • 6 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water


  • I make this in a 7 1/2 x 11 inch baking dish. You can use a 2 quart casserole dish as well. Mix butter, sugar, cocoa and salt together with a spoon right in the dish. Add flour, baking powder, and milk and mix well. In a separate bowl, mix cocoa and brown sugar and sprinkle over cake.
  • Pour boiling water over the entire thing and do not mix. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 35 minutes. Cake will be on top with pudding bubbling through. Delicious with ice cream.

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  1. I made this today, followed all ingredients exactly, and my cake looked like yours. However, when we ate it after dinner, there was no pudding and not moist at all. We heated it and topped with vanilla ice cream. No one liked it, and the dish will be thrown out. My teenage granddaughters will usually eat anything chocolate, but not this.

    • The Southern Lady says:

      I’m not really sure what could have gone wrong. You can see there are plenty of comments of people who had success with this cake. Not every recipe works for everyone. My family has always loved this one and we have never had any issue with the pudding part. You use 1.5 cups of water so not sure how it could not have any pudding.

    • I too had problems with this cake. I mixed the first several ingredients as stated in the recipe and it was too dry to even blend. It was not any better when I added the rest of the ingredients. I thought maybe with the hot water it would blend more as it cooked. Not so…. I tasted it before my company came and I am so glad I did because it was not edible, I did throw it away.1 star

  2. I did add 1 tea of vanilla extract to cake mixture as someone mentioned. Classic Pudding Puddle! Awesome ‘Ole Time’ recipe. Don’t neglect the ice cream!

  3. I know this post is old as are the last comments. Bit is this also good the next day? Is it best to eat it fresh? I want to make it a few hours ahead of serving time, I don’t want the gooey part to dry up into the Cake or something like that. Thanks

    • The Southern Lady says:

      You may have to heat a piece in the microwave a little bit if you want the chocolate kind of runny but I have had it the next day and thought it was fine, Saura.

  4. Engle Greenwood says:

    I madr this todsy, vanilla extract is needed.

  5. How do I tell when chocolate pudding cake is done? Live on coast and baking time has to be


  7. Denise Weidler says:

    To make this in a 9×13 pan, would you just double the ingredients? thankyou.

  8. Made this yesterday. Hard to believe it is so good but did not check for calories in it. Had never heard of anything like this and I am a old.

  9. Dee Chambers says:

    I love this recipe, but wonder if you can make it without the brown sugar? I’ve had a wonderful dessert in a restaurant lately that is very similar, but the color is all dark chocolatey looking, not bicolored. Any thoughts?

  10. I thought it sounded too easy to turn out this good fabulously yummy thank you

  11. I remember making this in high school Home EC class and have made it for my family many times. And I am 67 years old so it’s been around a LONG time! Still a favorite and so easy to make. Love your recipes!

  12. The Southern Lady says:

    Comment posted on the Facebook page says the following: Christina Williams: I made this tonight…it was amazing!!! My family loved it!!! And easy too.

  13. this looks sooo good, I will be trying this one Thanks!

  14. My mom used to buy this in a boxed cake mix when I was growing up (not sure who made it), but this was always my favorite. Then they stopped making it. I was so excited to find this recipe … like a walk down memory lane. And it’s so quick and easy!!! I always have everything in my kitchen I need to make it, and it’s so much better than the commercial mixes. Thanks! 🙂

  15. My mom made this a lot while I was growing up (I’m 56) it is still my favorite! It’s inexpensive and easy!

  16. Sherry Spearman says:

    Do you grease the baking dish?

  17. Peggy Bryant says:

    I have been making this recipe for many years. It is one of my Mom’s old recipes. She called it “Devil’s Float.” It is delicious. Thanks for your blog, I love it.

  18. Grace E. Armstrong says:

    Can’t wait to try it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Have you ever heard of Death by Chocolate? Well this is the way to go!! I just made this cake and it was completely gone in 15 minutes. No one waited for it to cool down! Next time I make it I’ll have the vanilla ice cream on hand. Thanks for an awesome sweet!!

  20. Making this today can’t wait to eat it my house smells yummy right now !

  21. I have made all of these recipes while raising my 3 kids and all of their friends, The chocolate pudding cake really brings it home . Thank you for the great site.

  22. This looks absolutely SINFUL! I know a man that will make himself sick on this one…like it that it a smaller pan size…this size fits perfectly in my countertop oven…refuse to use big oven here in SW FL…but I wil make this in the next day or two and invite friends over who are chocolate lovers as well!!! It will be a big hit…thanks for recipe!

  23. This is too delicious. In England where I am from this dessert was called Pudding in a Puddle. When I think of this dessert this name always comes to mind..I havent made it in a long time, but i plan to very soon. Thank you, Southern Lady.

  24. Oh my this looks amazing!!!!! Going to make this in the very near future! You have some wonderful recipes, I just love your website!

  25. Made this last night. It is AWESOME!! I didn’t find it bitter at all, and mine looks just like the picture (so rare for me:)

    • Thank you Tamara! So happy you enjoyed this recipe. I make it all the time, too, and never had a problem with it being bitter. I have served it for years and never have any left. Thanks for trying my recipes and being a part of the site.

  26. yummy i am thinking a few raspberries mixed in with the batter would be yummy too

  27. Can’t wait to make this! Looks fantastic

  28. Yummy! I love this stuff! A lady at my church fixes this for every covered dish dinner we have and it’s always delicious! 🙂

  29. Vicki Phillips says:

    Should this be sweetened cocoa? I used unsweetened and it was so bitter, no one would eat it.

  30. Oh my goodness! I just turned my oven off. Going to turn it back on NOW. Happy National Chocolate Day!

  31. Have it in the oven now..told my husband that there COULDN’T be any calories in it as it’s national chocolate cake day! lol

  32. Pat VanBoskerck says:

    I’m diabetic. Had just looked at my cookboods for diabetics to find something chocolate. Found this cake with a little variation. Think I’ll go make one. Sounds so easy and good.

  33. Oh my goodness, this looks so yummy! I will be craving chocolate all day now. 😉

  34. Good Lord! I think I’m in love! ; ) Now, I’ve got two new dessert recipes of yours to try!!!

  35. Itried to comment and don’t think it went through but just in case it didn’t, I was just saying I like your recipes and will visit often I found you via The Blind Pig And Acorn.. I read where you said you like poetry and would like to invite you to my blog. Susie Swanson

  36. YUMMY! I’ve had it before-but never made the cake myself-but I need to soon : )

  37. This is delicious. We call it chocolate cobbler. It is a hit every time I make it.

  38. Crystal Daniels says:

    so glad you posted this!! I used to make this when our 5 children were home….I think it’s time I revisited this recipe. It is soooo good, especially served while it’s warm with vanilla ice cream….yuuummmmm!!

  39. I’m with you on that. My wife would call that a company cake, so good you have to send some home with company so you don’t eat it all. Looks great with ice cream!

  40. Of all the yummy things my mom baked when I was growing up, this is at the top of the list. She’s always laugh & remark about how easy & simple it was to make 🙂

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