Yes you heard me right.
There IS such a thing…and it’s easy and delicious. Also, known by various names like Chocolate Pudding Cake and Fudgy Pudding Cake, the recipes out there are varied but pretty similar and all result in a pan of warm chocolate goodness. Think molten lava cakes, but instead of individual cakes, you spoon it warm out of a pan and top it with ice cream. It’s like a crispy topped brownie with a layer of warm fudge sauce lurking underneath it, waiting to ooze out and make you swoon.
Instead of fussing over those individual molten cakes, I’m making this for my Wonderful Guy for Valentine’s Day. It’s simple and it’s warm and gooey chocolate…what more can you ask for?
Some say the origins come from an old Betty Crocker Boys and Girls Cookbook and you’re probably bound to run into it in some old cookbook of your grandma’s. But aren’t those the BEST recipes?
Now I have to tell you to trust the process in this recipe. SERIOUSLY.
Don’t question yourself on the final step because it really is that weird.
You make two layers, (like any good cobbler). The first layer or the bottom layer looks just like a brownie mix and you start with a mix of dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in another bowl, then combine the two.
Spread the thick batter with a rubber spatula into a sprayed 8 x 8 inch baking dish.
Then in a third bowl, you mix brown sugar and cocoa powder and sprinkle it heavily over top of the brownie mixture. And really…just use your hands to mix. the spoon didn’t do well with the brown sugar lumps but your built in mixing hands can squeeze those into submission!
Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the brownie batter and then spoon the brown sugar/cocoa mixture over that.
I totally did that backward because I forgot the chocolate chips so pay no attention to that photo!. Shake the pan back and forth and this will level out your toppings!
Pop it into a 350º oven for 40 minutes and then let it cool for 10 minutes or so before serving.
And when you dig in with that first scoop you’re going to be tickled pink. Just LOOK at that hot fudge sauce underneath!
Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
And watch it melt onto that warm, chocolate crispy topped Chocolate Cobbler and mingle with that fudge sauce.
Valentine’s Day will be covered. Your honey will love you.
- FOR THE BOTTOM LAYER:
- 1 c. all-purpose flour
- ¾ c. granulated sugar
- ¼ c. unsweetened cocoa powder, divided (so use ⅛ here)
- 2 t. baking powder
- 2 t. espresso powder (optional)
- ¼ t. kosher salt
- ½ c. whole milk
- 6 T. butter, melted
- 1 t. pure vanilla extract
- FOR THE TOP LAYER:
- 1 c. packed brown sugar
- ⅛ c. cocoa powder (the rest of your divided cocoa powder!)
- ½ c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1½ c. hot water
- Serve with Vanilla ice cream-mandatory!
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Spray an 8 x 8 inch baking dish
- FOR THE BOTTOM LAYER:
- In one bowl mix flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, espresso powder, and salt.
- In another bowl whisk together milk, melted butter, and vanilla.
- Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix with a spatula, because it will be very thick - like brownie mix.
- Spread into sprayed baking dish
- Sprinkle chocolate chips over top.
- In a 3rd bowl, mix together brown sugar and cocoa powder
- Sprinkle a thick layer of this over the brownie layer and shake pan to level.
- Pour the hot water over top evenly. It will start to soak into the brown sugar layer.DO NOT STIR! TRUST THE PROCESS!
- Bake for 40 minutes
- Remove and let cool for 15 minutes, then serve warm with vanilla ice cream