Chocolate Pudding Cake

Chocolate Pudding CakeOeey Gooey So Chocolatey! Dreamy, Ethereal… The best chocolate cake ever! – Now even that description does not do justice to this cake. This cake is beyond ordinary words! Just one bite of it and you are in heaven!.

Last weekend was fabulous. Mainly because it was the long weekend…Memorial Day weekend. Fortunately for us, we didn’t have to travel anywhere. We were looking forward to just staying home and doing clean up…yeah we were a little behind on our spring cleaning:) Anyways, the house was a mess and so all of Saturday net in cleaning up – toys to be discarded or donated, magazines, newspapers (n tons! ) to be recycled; etc etc. The way I was going at it made my kids give me a new nickname – ‘The Trash Ninja’ 🙂 At one point I had put my son’s wallet with all of his well-earned $100 in the trash pile. My daughter’s attentiveness and keen interest in my actions resulted in a rescue of the $100 as well as the wallet and earned me my honorary title of ‘Trash Ninja’ 🙂 Oh well, I don’t mind it. Really. I am actually rather proud of it! Letting go of things is not an easy task you see. 🙂 I digress. Sorry, my apologies. Now you may be wondering how I ended up baking this cake in the midst of my cleaning spree? Well, I had to go for a potluck dinner on Sunday evening where I had been signed up to bring dessert. So as I was looking through my favorite magazine collection – a huge pile of ‘Better Homes and Garden’ issues, I spotted a Chocolate Pudding cake from an old issue. I started drooling looking at the picture and so my decision was made – that was what I was making for dessert!

DSC_0626As I was reading through the recipe I realized that I had pinned a similar cake recently and so I looked at that online – It was called a Chocolate Poke cake. I had never heard of that term before but it sure looked good! That recipe from Spend with Pennies was really something that I needed to try – a cake recipe with a really runny batter, a chocolate pudding that needed to be poured on top of the warm cake and finally completed with a ganache like frosting!  Can a girl possibly ask for anything more? The cake turned out incredibly well and beat my own expectations! I modified it slightly by reducing sugar, using vinegar instead of lemon juice, using olive oil and adding Nutella for additional flavor! Believe me this pudding cake is to die for … it is the BOMB! 🙂 And believe me its not that hard to make it either.!

I will be bringing this yummy, gooey ‘poke’ cake to Fiesta Friday this week where the partying never ends!

Chocolate Pudding Cake

  • Time: 45 minutes plus additional baking time
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Adapted from Chocolate Poke Cake recipe from Spend with Pennies


For the Cake:

  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder (Hershey’s Unsweetened Dutch Processed)
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup brewed coffee (I used Starbucks Breakfast blend but you can use any brand even instant coffee)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Pudding layer:

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp Nutella (optional)

For the chocolate ganache frosting:

  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup butter unsalted
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar (confectioner’s or powdered sugar)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp Nutella
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Bake the Cake:

Preheat oven to 350 deg F (or 180 deg C).  Grease and lightly dust with flour a rectangle 16″ * 9″ pan and keep it aside.

In a small bowl mix the milk and vinegar and keep aside for 5 minutes until the mixture thickens.

Brew coffee per your taste and keep aside to cool.

In a large mixing bowl add all the dry ingredients for the cake. Then add the eggs and the olive oil and mix using an electric mixer for about 2 minutes till well blended and there are no lumps.

Next add the milk-vinegar mixture and mix.

Slowly add the cooled coffee and the vanilla extract and mix again. You will get a runny batter. But Do NOT PANIC.

Pour this thin batter onto the prepared baking pan and bake cake in the oven for about 30-35 minutes checking every minute after 30 minutes. The cake is done when a toothpick or knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Using a fork poke holes on the surface of the cake.

Making the Pudding:

WHile the cake is baking, you can make the pudding. Take a medium mixing bowl and add all the pudding ingredients except the butter. Mix using an electric mixer till you get a smooth batter without any lumps. Pour this mixture onto a medium size cooking pot and place on the stove on medium heat. As soon as the mixture starts to boil, lower heat and cook for about 2 minutes stirring continuously till the mixture starts becoming thick and shiny. Turn the heat off and add the piece of butter and the Nutella and mix again.

Pour the warm pudding mixture onto the warm cake. Place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

For the ganache:

Place milk, butter and sugar in a glass bowl and microwave for about 2 minutes in increments of 30 seconds until the butter has softened. Mix them well and then add the chocolate chips, Nutella and the vanilla. Stir well to get a liquify frosting.

After the cake has been sitting on the refrigerator at least for 2 hours, take it out and pour the ganache frosting over it.



Mixing the Cake batter



Baking the cake – see really thin batter! Don’t panic – it will come out great!



Cake out of the oven – See I told ya! 🙂




Making the chocolate Pudding




Pouring the pudding over the cake




Making the ganache




Pouring the ganache over the cake


















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  1. This looks heavenly, Indu! All that chocolate is breathtaking. I just discovered poke cakes. They are so nice and moist. I made a banana one recently, but I much prefer your chocolate poke cake!

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