I’m always on the lookout for over-the-top dessert recipes that are not only sinfully delicious, but also relatively simple in their preparation.  My friend Melinda brought this recipe to me about a month ago, after she had made it for her family.  It’s from the Australian site; the original recipe can be found at the link.  I’ve tweaked my version, using butter rather than reduced-fat margarine, as well as the addition of vanilla extract.  I did use skim milk, as that’s all I had in the fridge.  The outcome?  Absolutely over-the-top chocolatey goodness!  Seriously folks, this is one delicious cake, complete with its own chocolate sauce!  The additional of vanilla ice cream made it sublime, and if you’re aiming to impress anyone, them make this cake, add the ice cream, and then, finish it with a dollop of whipped cream.  Whatever you were hoping to gain, it will be given to you on a platter!  It’s that good, and even better?  It’s absurdly quick and easy.  Make it.  Tonight. 

Chocolate Pudding Cake
1 cup self-rising flour
1 1/2 cups brown sugar, divided
1/2 cup cocoa powder, divided
1/2 cup milk (skim, 2%, whatever you have)
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups boiling water.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Butter or spray a 6-cup (1.5 L) baking dish, set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup cocoa, vanilla, melted butter, and milk.  Beat until mixture is smooth, then pour into prepared baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining brown sugar and cocoa; sprinkle mixture onto batter.
  • Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, then carefully pour over batter.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes; serve immediately with ice cream and/or whipped cream.

Recipe adapted from