Chocolate Pudding Cake Recipe

This easy Chocolate Pudding Cake Recipe creates a creamy chocolate pudding topped with a remarkably dense, fudgy chocolate cake. Hot Pudding Cake is a simple dessert recipe with minimal steps and ingredients. Also known as Hot Fudge Cake, this vegan cake recipe comes together with easy steps and is a crowd favorite. Easy Chocolate Desserts are the best go-to recipes!

Looking down on two dessert bowls filled with cake topped with ice cream. The text reads: Chocolate Pudding Cake.

Inspiration comes from many sources. It could be reading an article, taking a walk, eating vegan comfort food or crossing something off your bucket list like visiting the Grand Canyon. I did a little of each this week. Maybe that’s why I was inspired to make old fashioned Chocolate Pudding Cake recipes. Or maybe it just sounded good. It’s hard to say.

Of course, it’s not just any cake. One could refer to it as the grand canyons of cakes, but you might have to try it first and let me know if that title works.

Two bowls hold chocolate pudding cake topped with ice cream with spoons between them.
This delicious hot chocolate fudge pudding cake recipe is best topped with vegan ice cream!

What are Hot Fudge Pudding Cake Recipes?

Hot chocolate pudding cakes are made when chocolate cake batter is topped with hot water and baked. The chocolate cake puddings sink to the bottom and you’re left with an incredibly moist cake on top with a layer of hot fudge or chocolate pudding at the bottom.

I love this description in Fine Cooking about the history of baked chocolate pudding cakes. In fact, these quick chocolate desserts have been around for quite awhile, dating back to the 1800s.

A closeup image of chocolate cake in a bowl topped with vanilla ice cream.
The best chocolate pudding cake recipe creates lots of chocolate fudge sauce!

How to Make Chocolate Pudding Cake Dessert

Wondering how to make pudding cake? Well, it’s pretty easy! Begin by using these ingredients to make this delicious vegan chocolate pudding cake from scratch:

The ingredients to make a dessert recipe are laid out in bowls and measuring cups.
Only 10 ingredients for hot chocolate fudge cakes!
  • flour
  • coconut sugar
  • cocoa powder
  • baking powder
  • plant-based milk
  • vanilla
  • brown sugar
  • vegan butter, melted
  • water.

It’s a simple list of ingredients for this hot fudge cake recipe. That’s one of the reasons people love it so much.

Follow these steps for this chocolate sauce cake:

Step One: Make the Cake Base

A hand pours melted butter over a cocoa powder base.

Stir together flour, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder in a bowl. In a separate bowl combine plant-based milk, vanilla, and melted butter. Pour the butter mixture over the flour mixture and stir until combined. Press this into a greased baking dish.

You can use a 9″ square baking dish or a 2 quart casserole dish for this easy pudding cake recipe.

Step Two: Create the Chocolate Pudding Sauce

Two hands hold a glass bowl pouring chocolate crumbles over a cake batter.

Stir together the cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and brown sugar in a bowl. Sprinkle this over the cake batter in the casserole dish. Do not stir!

A hand pours hot water over cake batter mix in a white casserole dish.

Make sure your water is good and hot (boiling works here too). Pour the hot water over the top. Again, do not stir!

Step Three: Bake

Place the dish in the preheated oven and bake for 30 – 35 minutes. Voila!

Top each slice with a little touch of vegan whipped cream and shaved chocolate. Your guests will be impressed!

Love Easy Chocolate Desserts?

This recipe for pudding cake is pretty amazing. If you love the best chocolate desserts, you’ll definitely want to check these out:

Can Desserts be Healthy?

Keeping desserts simple, yet elegant is important. Here are a couple of tips to make this dessert healthier too:

  • Use a sweetener you feel good about in place of the granulated sugar. For example, Stevia is a no-calorie sweetener that works for some people. You could also consider using coconut sugar.
  • Try whole wheat pastry flour in place of all purpose flour. There’s not much difference in texture and the added fiber is beneficial.
Three dessert bowls hold chocolate cake topped with ice cream. The main one has chocolate sauce over the top.
Choc Fudge Pudding Cake creates lots of chocolate sauce!

That’s it for this chocolate cake with pudding recipe! It’s a favorite recipe I love to make on the spur of the moment because it doesn’t have a lot of difficult ingredients and it’s so delicious too! Do you love chocolate cake w pudding? You have to try it to find out!

I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!

Three dessert bowls hold chocolate cake topped with ice cream. The main one has chocolate sauce over the top.

Vegan Chocolate Pudding Cake

Delicious and indulgent, this Vegan Chocolate Pudding Cake delivers a cake you’ll want to make on repeat!
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Pudding Cake
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 185kcal
Author: Marly



  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup plant-based milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter , melted

Chocolate Pudding Sauce


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9" square or 2 quart casserole baking dish with vegetable spray.
  • In a medium bowl combine the flour, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, and baking powder. Stir to combine.
  • In a separate small bowl stir together milk, vanilla, and melted butter. Pour this mixture over the flour mixture and stir to combine. Press this batter into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. It will be thick so use a spatula or your fingers to press it evenly across the bottom of the dish.

Chocolate Pudding Sauce

  • Place the brown sugar in a bowl. Use a fork or a whisk to break up any lumps in the sugar. Add cocoa pwder and chocolate chips and stir to combine. Sprinkle this evenly over the top of the batter in the baking dish. Don't stir.
  • Make sure the water is good and hot (boiling works too). Pour the hot water over the top. Do not stir. Carefully transfer the baking dish to the preheated oven and bake for 30 – 35 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 – 15 minutes before serving. Top each serving with vegan whipped cream or vegan ice cream and drizzle some of the chocolate sauce.

Recommended Equipment


I used Enjoy Life Foods mini chocolate chips for this recipe.
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Chocolate Pudding Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 185 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 49mg2%
Potassium 221mg6%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Vitamin C 1.1mg1%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.


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21 Responses to Chocolate Pudding Cake Recipe

    • They don’t call it “grand” for nothing! It is definitely a bucket-list worthy destination!

  1. Hi! Came here via Pinterest.
    Which Grand Canyon site did you visit? We went to Grand Canyon West since it was closer for us to go and then reach Vegas in time. I have heard Grand Canyon South has the best view.

    The chocolate pudding cake I make is completely different. There is a hot water concoction I pour on top of the dry mixture. The hot water then transforms into saucy pudding, and the dry mixture converts into a cake!

    • Hi Nisha
      We were on South side as well and began at Mather Point and hit various viewing stations along the drive up to the Watchtower. It is an experience of a lifetime! Any way you make it, chocolate cake is the best!

    • So true – I know I will never forget that experience. It’s one of those things that you can look at a million pictures, but seeing it in person is just so much more moving!

  2. I would love to see the Grand Canyon one day. I’ve been to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, which is gorgeous, but I am sure it pales in comparison to the real thing!

    This cake looks scrumptious! Chocolate is the bomb.

    • They say the inner canyon that lines the Colorado River is bigger than most canyons around the world. That’s pretty amazing to think about it. That said, I would love to go to the Pennsylvania version. OK. It’s gonna have to go on “The List”!

    • Thanks, Brenda. It’s so good to find different sources of inspiration. I hope you can get there someday soon!

  3. How gorgeous is this cake?!! Just as gorgeous as the Grand Canyon (maybe more)!! 😀 Would love a big piece of that. . will have to do with just drooling over the photo. 🙂


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