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Chocolate Pudding Cake – For Chocolate Lovers

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This indulgently rich chocolate pudding cake is like magic…

Pudding Cake

You get two desserts in one: A dark chocolate cake and gooey chocolate pudding all at the same time…

Immediately upon learning of the concept, I fell in love and knew I’d have to try it as soon as possible. How could anyone not love a dessert that is both cake and pudding without having to choose one or the other? Life is already filled with so many times where you have to make decisions! And the weather is still so hot here that any recipe not requiring an oven is very much welcome.

Above, topped with my oft-referenced favorite egg-free healthy ice cream recipe.

Chocolate Pudding Cake

The only thing better than chocolate cake and chocolate pudding in the same bowl is chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, and ice cream in the same bowl!

Having never made any sort of pudding cake before, I looked to a pudding cake recipe in Taste of Home as a reference.

This pudding cake is like MAGIC! It's cake on the bottom... and chocolate pudding on top! @choccoveredkt - One of the easiest and best desserts you’ll ever make

Then I changed it up completely, cutting way back on the sugar, omitting the butter and eggs, and adding some extra cocoa, salt, vanilla, and applesauce to achieve a crazy fudgy texture and rich chocolate taste without all the extra saturated fat and sugars.

If you are a chocolate lover, this recipe is for you!

This pudding cake is like MAGIC! It's cake on the bottom... and chocolate pudding on top! @choccoveredkt - One of the easiest and best desserts you’ll ever make


Hot Chocolate Pudding Cake

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  • 1 cup spelt, all-purpose, or Bob’s gf flour (130g)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (40g)
  • 3/4 cup sugar of choice or xylitol (145g)
  • 1 tsp instant coffee powder, optional
  • 1 1/2 cups milk of choice (360g)
  • 2 tbsp coconut or vegetable oil (20g)
  • 2 tbsp more oil, or 2 tbsp applesauce (30g)
  • 2 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (10g)
  • 2 cups boiling water (480g)
  • pinch pure stevia, or 2 tbsp coconut or brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, optional


Pudding Cake recipe: If using a crock pot, grease the bowl (mine is a 4-quart), then set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients and stir well. Only if using the stevia as opposed to the brown sugar, add that in here as well. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk of choice (warmed if using coconut oil), vanilla, oil, and applesauce. Pour wet into dry, stir until just evenly combined, and pour into the crockpot. Now pour the boiling water over the top but DO NOT stir. Sprinkle the 2 tbsp brown sugar and chocolate chips on top, if using. Close the lid and cook on high for 1 1/2 hours. Then turn off and open the lid slightly. Let sit another hour, during which time the cake should thicken further. The dessert will be more like pudding the first day, but if you let it cool completely and then refrigerate overnight, it gets much thicker and creamier by the following day. If you don’t have a slow cooker, I’m sure you can make this in a pan in the oven… but I’ve not yet tried it and therefore can’t give specific times or pan measurements. Feel free to experiment!

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And now I will leave you with a very-appropriate birthday gift I received from a friend:


“There are times when chocolate can solve all your problems.” Truer words were never spoken.

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Looks delicious! I’m pretty sure mine wouldn’t last 8-10 servings though 😉

  2. Justin says:

    Katie this looks absolutely amazing…I can’t wait to give it a try when Im on break from school in October…I’ve already started to make a list of things I want to cook because I’m a little deprived here at college. This would be a great welcome home dessert 😉

  3. Deanna says:

    Oh my, I need to make this NOW! Gooey chocolate, chocolate cake, and ice cream. A win, win, win! Definitely enough to solve all my life’s problems 🙂

  4. This looks amazingly decadent! I love the idea of chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, and ice cream in the same bowl. In fact, it sounds like total heaven.
    Pinning this!! 🙂

  5. Wow, that cake looks seriously to die for! I want to eat it for breakfast right now!

  6. I want this now!! Looks amazing! Love your birthday gift 🙂

  7. Jeana says:

    Is there a print option for this recipe?

    1. At the moment, the only thing you can do is highlight the recipe and press “control c” then open a word document and press control v. Hope that helps!

  8. Cindy says:

    I’d be really interested to know if someone makes this in a larger size crockpot – I assume it would take less time to cook, but I don’t know how much less time. I am not much of an experimenter, and pretty much follow a recipe “as written”. But my crockpot is larger, so I can’t try this. Hrmph.

    1. alloyjane says:

      How many quarts is your crock pot? If I were you, I’d just adjust the recipe for the size of your pot because, really. Since when is too much chocolate cake a bad thing?

      1. Cindy says:

        Mine is a 5-qt crockpot. And “adjusting” the recipe – I’m not good at that – I’m pretty good at following a recipe “as is” but not much more.

        1. Cindy says:

          And too much chocolate cake IS a bad thing if you’re fighting to lose weight.

    2. Kari says:

      I don’t know how big my crock pot it but it took about an hour to cook. Just keep an eye on it and you’ll be good to go!

  9. Rebecca says:

    I am so tempted to go buy a crock pot just so that I can make this! South Florida is a little hot for me to use the oven for 1.5 hours unfortunately.

    1. Anonymous says:

      I made this in the microwave! Mine took about 2 minutes, but that’s just because I tried a single serving. Go for it 🙂

      1. Kate says:

        Mind posting the measurements you used? I’d LOVE to have a single-serving version, but I’m not sure how far I’d have to scale it back and my math skills are questionable anyways. Thanks 🙂

    2. susan_az says:

      Rebecca, I just made a chocolate pudding cake in 4 ramekin dishes and placed them in a round casserole dish that fit in my toaster oven. You can fill the casserole dish with water up to 2/3 the side of the ramekin dishes, cover it with silver foil and bake at 300 for 1 hour, then 1/2 hour at 350 and it won’t heat up the house. Give it a try. I hope it works for you.

  10. I love pudding cake but have tried to stay away from it for the sake of my waistline! Thank you for this recipe….plus anything in a crock pot is a winner!

  11. I love all of the ooey gooey chocolate going on in this case. Yes, please!

  12. Noora says:

    I absolutely have to try this on the weekend 🙂

  13. Patricia says:

    This looks like it may have to be an award after accomplishing some weight loss and time on the treadmill. Absolutely yummy and so good on a cold fall day! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  14. WOW this looks like chocolate heaven!

  15. Charmaine// All in a Soiree says:

    This looks delicious!

  16. Laura says:

    Yummy! Thank you! And happy birthday

  17. Hey, I think I have all the ingredients for this on hand…I know what we’ll be trying for dessert soon!

  18. jodye @ chocolate and chou fleur says:

    I used to make chocolate (or vanilla chocolate chip) pudding cake all the time, but I literally haven’t made it in years! I’m going to have to reintroduce that wonderful creation to my kitchen, ASAP! I love your addition of the instant coffee, and the photos are wonderful!

  19. I want to make a bath tub sized vat of this cake and swim in it. Looks so good!

  20. rebeccacharlotte says:

    Happy belated birthday Katie xx

    ps; I do so love your healthy alternative chocolate recipes!

    BEST WISHES, from England

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