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Deluxe Chocolate Pudding Cake

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!

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.

Deluxe Chocolate Pudding Cake

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.

Grandmas Cookbook

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.

Deluxe Chocolate Pudding Cake

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

Deluxe Chocolate Pudding Cake

Deluxe Chocolate Pudding Cake

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.


Deluxe Chocolate Pudding Cake

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!


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Deluxe Chocolate Pudding Cake

  • Author: Grandma
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


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!



Layer #1

  • 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

Layer #2

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh brewed coffee (or water)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (packed)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Layer #1:

  1. In a bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and cocoa.
  2. Stir in the 1/2 cup cream and vanilla.
  3. Spread mixture into an 8×8 pan.

Layer #2:

  1. In a separate bowl, stir together the coffee, cocoa powder and brown sugar.

Putting it all together:

  1. Pour the coffee mixture over the cake batter, but DON’T STIR.
  2. Place it in the oven and bake for 40 – 45 minutes.
  3. Serve warm or hot with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream!
  • Category: Dessert

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Have a delicious day!


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  • Reply
    October 29, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    I love this so much, Jo!

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    Crystal Green
    November 5, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    This looks soooo good. I like the fact that coffee is involved.

    Thank you for sharing this with us on the #HomeMattersParty. We hope to see you again when we open our doors at 12 AM EST on Friday.

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    November 7, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    This chocolate pudding cake looks DELICIOUS! I am pinning the recipe to make for my family. Thank you for sharing your blog post with us at the #HomeMattersParty this week.

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