Fudge Brownie Pudding Cake

Sunday 10 January 2016

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It's hard to believe but a week ago today Tatiana flew back to Greece.  This past week has just flown by.  It's crazy quickly time is already passing so far this year!  The day before she left her friend Richard came up for a visit along with his friend Kasia (She loves Cockers too!) and I made a late lunch/early supper for us all to enjoy.  Nothing special really.   A leftover tortiere from Christmas, mash, vegetables, salad and then for dessert I knocked together this Fudge Brownie Pudding Cake.

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It's not much to look at really, but for what it is lacking in looks it more than makes up for in deliciousness.  I reckon just about everyone must have a recipe kicking around their recipe file for this old fashioned pudding!  I've been making it for yonks and yonks.

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It's also very easy and economical to make.   You simply make a chocolate batter and then spread it in a dish.  A sugar and cocoa mixture is spread on top of the batter . . . and then a cup of water is poured over all and you bang it into the oven.

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Like magic the cake batter rises up and the sugar and water create a type of chocolate sauce which sinks to the bottom.   Hence the name Fudge Brownie Pudding Cake.

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I don't know anyone who doesn't love this pudding . . .  well, except for Todd maybe (he had fruitcake and was happy) . . .  served warm, spooned into bowls . . .

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With cream poured over top, or ice cream melting down into the crevices or with dollops of Greek yogurst like I served with it last Saturday, it always goes down a real treat!  It doesn't photograph very well, but then again  . . .  chocolate only ever very rarely does.

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*Fudge Brownie Pudding Cake*
Serves 6 to 8 

This is a really old recipe that I have had in my Big Blue Binder for years and years.  Simple and delicious. My family always loved it.  You can serve it with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or even dollops of plain yogurt!  

140g of plain flour (1 cup)
145g of caster sugar (3/4 cup)
2 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder (not hot chocolate drink mix)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
120ml milk (1/2 cup)
2 TBS butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla 

To top:
95g of caster sugar (1/2 cup)
110g of soft light brown sugar (1/2 cup Packed)
28g  unsweetned cocoa powder (1/4 cup)
425ml of cold water (2 cup) 

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Preheat the oven to 190*C/375*F/ gas mark .  Butter an 8 inch square baking dish.  Set aside.
Sift the flour, cocoa powder and sugar into a bowl along with the baking powder and salt.  Combine the milk, melted butter and vanilla.   Stir into the dry ingredients until no dry flour is visible.  Spread into the prepared baking dish.

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Whisk the sugars and cocoa powder for the topping together to combine evenly and then sprinkle it evenly over top of the batter. Shake the pan a bit to even it out.  Pour the cold water over top.  Do not stir.  Put into the oven immediately.    BAke for 40 to 45 minutes. As it bakes the cake rises to the rop, creating a fudgy chocolate pudding on the bottom.  The cake is done when the edges turn brown and crispy and the top is shiny and dry to the touch.

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Allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving.  Scoop slices of cake out along with some of the pudding from beneath to serve and top as desired.
Note -  You can also stir some chopped toasted nuts, fresh fruit, or chocolate chips to the batter before baking.


  1. Yum! A perfect pudding for this weather. It's a greaty old fashioned dessert and ideal when you have unexpected guests as it's made from cupboard staples and always delicious. My mum made a similar thing that she called Self Saucing Chocolate Pudding and the only difference I can see is that we poured over boiling water rather than cold water. I'm not sure what difference that makes.

    1. I am not sure what difference the cold or hot water makes either Marie! I have seen this done both ways. I like the cold water because I am a klutz and I am afraid I might scald myself with boiling water! xo

  2. Looks decadent... for every choco lover a hit I am sure!

  3. I have made this in the past and the kids loved it. They weren't going to have dessert as they were so full from the chicken fried steak we had already eaten. Well, they ate the whole thing. But, we found you have to eat the whole thing as it does not hold up well for the next day. If you know a way to remedy that I would make it for just me and my honey. Thanks for the reminder. This is one I think about every so often but don't make. I will now..... when I have company.

    1. I'm not surprised the whole thing got eaten Cynthia! I have not figured out a way to downsize it yet. But I am working on it! xo


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