Make this rich and delicious Deluxe Chocolate Pudding Cake for your next dessert! 10 minutes to prepare, 35 minutes to bake then you have an amazing dessert ready to enjoy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream!
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I remember having this chocolate pudding cake for dessert as a kid. My mom would make it and we’d eat it all warm and gooey from the oven with scoops of vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream. And I loved it, like LOVED it. I mean it’s chocolate pudding AND chocolate cake all at the same time, so that’s pretty hard not to love.
I had all but forgotten about this dessert, until I recently came across my Grandma’s cookbook while doing some organizing at home. Yes, my Grandma wrote a cookbook, called Food and Fun! Cooking and sharing recipes is in the family genes. I flipped through the pages with a nostalgic pang in my heart as I recognized many recipes Grandma made for us when we visited the farm. My Grandma is an amazing cook.
What a treasure this book is. I thought what better way to honour her book and all of her hard work to put it together, than to begin cooking her recipes for my family. I decided to start with Grandma’s Deluxe Chocolate Pudding Cake…my kids minds are about to be blown! Chocolate cake and chocolate pudding with whipped cream? And on a weeknight?! Whoa Nelly. They’re going to love it.
What exactly is a pudding cake?
Now before we get to the actual recipe let’s just talk about pudding cakes. They’re kind of a weird dessert…weird but delicious. Pudding cakes are made in 2 layers, the first layer is cake batter and the second layer is the liquid layer that will turn into the pudding. It’s like strange dessert magic. Chocolate cake batter + chocolatey liquid = Deluxe Chocolate Pudding Cake. And trust me on this one, DO NOT mix the 2 layers. It will work. Believe me mmmmmkay
For this pudding cake I wanted to bump up the chocolate flavour, so I decided to play with the recipe just a little bit. I know from past baking experience that coffee really elevates the chocolatey flavour of desserts, and without adding a strong coffee flavour. So I added a cup and half of fresh brewed coffee to the recipe, instead of just hot water. I know that it might seem strange, but it’s true…you don’t taste the coffee, you just taste rich chocolate flavour. And if you’re worried about caffeine, just use decaf like I do. For the extra rich flavour, coffee is really worth adding.
So I added a fresh brewed cup of decaf coffee that I made with my new Saeco GranBaristo Avanti. I am a self confessed coffee snob, and won’t drink anything else (not even the ‘bucks). The coffee from this machine is the best. THE best. I recently received this new espresso machine to try out, and I love it as much as the first one I had, except with this newer model you can choose from 18 different drink options and make it from your phone! Yes. You can be laying in bed, and make a coffee with your phone. True story. Or if you have a few friends over, you can load all of their drink orders into the app, and then line up your mugs. So awesome. Anyway, because the coffee it makes is so flavourful, I knew it would be perfect in this dessert.
This rich and delicious dessert is so simple to make, you can even have it on a weeknight! Basically 10 minutes to prepare, and 40 minutes to bake. In fact you could even put it in the oven just as you sit down for dinner, then it would be ready just as you’re finishing up. Your family will think you’re a rockstar. I hope you try this recipe and enjoy it as much as we did!
- 1 cup flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder (heaping is good!)
- 1/2 cup cream (I use Half & Half)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups fresh brewed coffee (or water)
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- In a bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and cocoa.
- Stir in the 1/2 cup cream and vanilla.
- Spread mixture into an 8×8 pan.
- In a separate bowl, stir together the coffee, cocoa powder and brown sugar.
Putting it all together:
- Pour the coffee mixture over the cake batter, but DON’T STIR.
- Place it in the oven and bake for 40 – 45 minutes.
- Serve warm or hot with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream!
Have a delicious day!
Disclosure: Saeco generously provided the GranBaristo Avanti Espresso Machine for this post, and I was paid for my time, but as always the ideas, recipe, photos and opinions stated here are mine. We are loving our GranBaristo Avanti!