Chocolate Pudding Cake

This image courtesy of Mark T. Shapiro

Here’s a warm dessert with a fudgy cake layer on the top and a rich chocolate sauce on the bottom that’s a treat for kids and grown-ups alike.

NotesPudding can also be baked in a preheated 350°F (180°C) oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.

Chocolate chip ice cream pairs well with this rich-tasting dessert.


If using an older oven without a turntable, rotate dish twice during cooking so that cake topping cooks evenly.


Cooking Methodmicrowaving



Total Timeunder 30 minutes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationhalal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian



Taste and Texturechocolatey, rich, sweet

Type of Dishcake, chocolate cake, chocolate dessert, dessert


  • 2/3 cup (150 mL) granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1½ cups (375 mL) water
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) butter
  • ½ cup (125 m) milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
  • 1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (125 mL) granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • Ice cream (optional)
  • 8-inch (2 L) square baking dish


  1. Chocolate Sauce: In baking dish, combine sugar, cocoa powder and water. Stir until smooth. Microwave, uncovered, on High for 2 ½ to 4 minutes, stirring once, until sauce is very hot. Stir well.

  2. Batter: In a glass mixing bowl, microwave butter, uncovered, on High for 40 to 60 seconds or until melted. Beat in milk, egg and vanilla.

  3. In another bowl, stir together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Stir milk mixture into flour mixture just until combined. Batter will be quite thick.

  4. Drop spoonfuls of batter as evenly as possible into chocolate sauce in baking dish (do not stir together). Place an inverted dinner plate in bottom of microwave and set dish on plate. Microwave, uncovered, on Medium (50%) for 7 to 10 minutes, until top of cake has risen and only few moist spots remain.

  5. Let dish stand directly on heatproof surface for 10 minutes before serving. Spoon warm dessert into dishes along with some of the sauce and serve with ice cream, if desired.


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