Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cake

This Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cake is the most rich and delicious chocolate dessert, you will ever eat. If you know a chocolate lover, or are one yourself, you need this in your life.

When it comes to desserts, gooey = good.

This recipe is a really old one and it seems like everyone I talked to has a version that their grandma used to make. 🙂 You know that if Grandma was making it, it’s good stuff.

This cake is completely from scratch and although the directions sound a little strange, I promise that it works.

That gooey “pudding” goodness isn’t from a pudding mix, but instead it’s a melted chocolatey fudge that comes from the way you make the cake.

It’s pretty much amazing. Throw some ice cream on top of the hot cake and you have a perfect dessert.

what else could i top this cake with?

For this cake, we used ice cream. I love ice cream with hot cake and brownies, and this recipe is perfect for it.

However, there are plenty of other delicious toppings you could include:

  • Candy bars (Snickers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Kit Kats, Milky Ways, Heath Bar, etc.)
  • Oreo Cookies
  • Andes Mints
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Peanut Butter Chips
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Caramel Drizzle
  • Chocolate Drizzle
  • Hot Fudge
  • Ice Cream (I love this with vanilla, but if you have a chocolate lover in your family, you could also use a chocolate ice cream. I do love a good Cookies n’ Cream Ice cream with this one).
  • Fruit (fresh strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, bananas, etc.)

could i doulbe this recipe?

This recipe is so delicious and so easy. It would also work great if you double it.

We recommend baking it in a 9 x 13 inch pan. You will also want to cautiously watch it as it cooks, because it will take a little longer to cook.

We recommend cooking it for about, 45 – 50 minutes.

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Serves: 9

Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cake

12 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

52 minTotal Time

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  • 1 1/4 cups sugar (divided)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (divided)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter (melted)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups hot water
  • 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream - optional topping
  • 1 (8 ounce) bottle hot fudge sauce - optional topping


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together 3/4 cup sugar, flour, 1/4 cup cocoa, baking powder and salt.
  3. Add in the milk, butter, and vanilla and stir until smooth.
  4. Pour batter into an ungreased 9 x 9 inch square baking pan.
  5. Stir together remaining 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar and remaining 1/4 cup cocoa; sprinkle mixture evenly over batter.
  6. Pour hot water over top; do not stir (I know that it sounds weird, but I promise that it will all work out!).
  7. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until center is almost set (you do not want to over cook or it will not have the warm gooey pudding in the bottom).
  8. Remove cake from oven and let cool for about 15 minutes. When you scoop the cake into serving dishes, be sure to spoon the sauce from the bottom of the pan over the cake. Top with ice cream and hot fudge if desired.


You can also garnish with fresh fruit like raspberries or strawberries, or chopped nuts are delicious on this too!



569 cal


5 g


107 g


17 g
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10 Responses to “Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cake”

  1. Stephanie
    I never thought I would ever say this. But this dessert is BETTER than the molten chocolate lava cake at Chili's.... I have a special relationship with that dessert. And now I'm in trouble because this was TOO easy to make. WELL DONE! Absolutely delicious.

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