Chocolate pudding cake

They say that eating chocolate releases hormones in the body similar to those released when in love. And who can resist being in love? With chocolate that is.

I do have one relative who is not a fan of chocolate, but he is a rather odd chap and we don’t talk about him much. For the rest of us the sight of a Snickers bar on the counter or Easter bunnies in the Shoppers is enough to elicit a minor drooling.

Death by Chocolate is a pudding cake, the sort you mess together in a pan and pop into the oven to fill the house with the amazing smell of chocolate, somewhat like if you were to take a long, hot bath in a mug of cocoa (with marshmallows of course).

In my former life in the country it was not unusual to find neighbours appearing for coffee in hope that I had a fresh batch in the oven or at least a cold slice in the fridge. It is a sinful treat I will warn you, but certainly worth falling off the diet wagon for – once in awhile. And please NEVER make it with decaf coffee! THAT would be debauchery!


  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, divided in half
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups water, boiling
  • 2 tsp instant coffee/espresso powder


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Combine flour, sugar, 1/4 cup cocoa, baking powder and salt in an 8 inch square baking pan, stirring with a fork to combine.
  • Pour in the milk and oil, and stir again with the fork until batter is uniform.
  • Sprinkle brown sugar and the remaining 1/4 cup cocoa evenly over batter.
  • Stir vanilla extract and instant coffee powder into the hot water, then pour the mixture over everything.
  • Do not mix.
  • Place pan in oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, until surface of the cake looks dry.
  • The pudding will be bubbling around the edges of the pan.
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator and reheat before serving.
  • Serves 8.

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