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Brownie Pudding Cake

Brownie Pudding Cake is both amazingly delicious and amazingly easy to make. A chocolate lover’s favorite!

overhead view of Brownie Pudding Cake in an oval baking dish

Brownie Pudding Cake

Pudding cakes are such a wonder. They are some kind of baking magic! Two separate mixtures come together to make both a cake and a sauce all at the same time!

This Brownie Pudding Cake does that with a good dose of chocolate. If you’re a fan of fudgy chocolate desserts, you’ll want to pay attention and make this one as soon as possible.

overhead view of Brownie Pudding Cake in a blue-rimmed white bowl

This cake is mixed as two separate components. As it bakes, the cake rises to the top, leaving a pudding layer on the bottom. The texture is somewhere between cake and brownie. No frosting is required, but ice cream is a perfect companion.

If you’ve made another BoB favorite, Chocolate Cobbler, you may be thinking this looks similar, and you’re right. That one is also a pudding cake, but it’s more cake-like and has a bit more sauce than this Brownie Pudding Cake. They’re both fantastic, so you can choose which texture you might prefer.

ingredients for Brownie Pudding Cake

Tips for Success

  • Measure accurately. This recipe is fairly forgiving, but it’s always a good idea to make accurate measurements for baking. Use a kitchen scale for dry ingredients and sugar if you can, and take care to measure the other ingredients well.
  • Use a good quality cocoa powder. All of the chocolate flavor comes from the cocoa powder, so be sure to use a good one.
  • Serve warm. This pudding cake is definitely best served warm. If you need to reheat it, try warming it in a low-temperature oven for a few minutes.
  • Don’t forget the ice cream! Go classic with vanilla, or try chocolate chip, coffee, or your favorite flavor to pair with chocolate.
ice cream-topped Brownie Pudding Cake in a blue oval baking dish

This Brownie Pudding Cake is one of those recipes that you’re likely to find yourself making again and again. It’s SO easy to make, and it’s an absolute crowd-pleaser. And if you bake regularly, you’re likely to have everything in your kitchen to bake it anytime you get a craving!

More Easy Chocolate Desserts

Brownie Pudding Cake

Yield 4 to 6 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

This delightful chocolate dessert is wonderfully quick and easy!

overhead view of Brownie Pudding Cake in an oval baking dish


For the cake:

  • 1/2 cup (60g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup (59ml) milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup (30g) chopped pecans or walnuts

For the pudding:

  • 1/3 cup (67g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup (177ml) boiling water
  • ice cream, for serving


To make the cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and baking powder.
  3. Add the milk, oil, and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Then stir in the nuts.
  4. Transfer the batter to an ungreased 1-quart baking dish.

To make the pudding:

  1. Whisk together the sugar and cocoa powder in a small bowl.
  2. Gradually stir in the boiling water.
  3. Pour over the cake batter. Do not stir.
  4. Bake 30 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out clean.


Recipe slightly adapted from BH&G New Baking Book.

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    4 Comments on “Brownie Pudding Cake”

  1. Thank you for posting this recipe. It is really simple to make. It tastes really good. I kinda added a bit too much cocoa powder so it was bitter but I loved it. The consistency is superb. I had a doubt though, does the cake batter have a consistency similar to a drop cookie because mine had that consistency. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! I had been searching for a pudding cake for a long time.

  2. I was so happy to find this recipe….I remember making it as a kid with my mum and it was one of my first baking experiences, ahhh sweet memories. Straight from the Trusty Better Homes and Gardens red checkered cookbook (early 70’s if I remember correctly. I’m the proud owner of the well worn, well loved book now!) this recipe is not only easy, but foolproof and one that you can’t help but love again and again! For chocoholics everywhere this is a must try!

  3. Brownie, pudding, and cake? Yes please!
    Thanks for posting!
    Jess : )

  4. I’m printing this recipe and will try it out for my son’s birthday over the weekend. I just love the concept of a brownie pudding cake since I love all three of them.

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