Chocolate Puddle Pudding

I have had this recipe from a newspaper clipping for 6 years and only got round to making this wonderful pudding tonight. It had been posted on a notice board at my daughter’s playgroup and when Lulu (who ran the group) saw me starting copy it down, she unpinned it and gave it to me. It was sent in by a 12 year old called Lucy Burton to The Daily Telegraph and is now going to be a regular in our household. My husband said it was the best chocolate pudding he had ever had!

This is a “magic” self saucing pudding and just needs a dollop of ice cream or cream to compliment it.

First the cocoa, sugar and a little hot water are mixed to a paste before adding the rest of the water.

The pudding ingredients are all put in a bowl and whisked together.

 The batter and sauce and then tipped into a dish on a baking tray before baking.

The pudding is ready when well risen and the middle has set.

If only all puddles were made of chocolate!


5.0 from 8 reviews
Chocolate Puddle Pudding
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Chocolate sponge sitting on a layer of chocolate custard, simple to make, delicious to eat.
Recipe type: Pudding
Serves: 4
  • For the sauce:
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa powder (I used Bourneville)
  • 50g / 2oz Soft brown sugar
  • 200ml / 7floz hot water
  • For the pudding:
  • 80g / 3oz Soft Butter ( I used Flora Buttery)
  • 80g / 3oz Soft light brown sugar
  • 65g / 2 ½oz self-raising flour
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
  2. To make the sauce, put cocoa and sugar into a small bowl and use a wooden spoon to mix in a little of the hot water to make a smooth paste. Gradually mix in the rest of the hot water.
  3. Grease a 1 litre/2pt oven-proof dish (I use light olive all with a sheet of kitchen roll or my fingers these days). Stand the dish on a baking tray.
  4. Put all the pudding ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat together with a whisk until smooth.
  5. Scrape the pudding mixture into the dish and pour the sauce mixture over the top.
  6. Place the dish (still on the baking tray) on the middle shelf of the oven.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes until the pudding is well risen and set in the middle.
  8. Serve with vanilla ice cream or cream.


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  1. Corina

    It looks amazing!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks! It’s soo good Corina:-)

  2. Jayne Sullivan

    This looks delicious. I must buy some cocoa powder when I go out !

    1. Camilla


  3. Paul Wilson

    Two of the greatest words in the English language: Chocolate and Pudding.

    1. Camilla


  4. tiggerific1973

    Oh my! Now this looks delicious!

    1. Camilla

      It is heavenly:-)

  5. Ursula Hunt

    Truly delicious with ice cream, the melting middle is just wonderful

  6. Jane Middleton

    This looks absolutely heavenly, great recipe for all chocolate lovers.

  7. Abigail Cullen

    What a delightful dessert, I also like the hot and cold combination, irresistible!

  8. William Gould

    This looks disgustingly gorgeous!

  9. Carolyn Clapham

    Yummy, yummy yummy – and for once I have all the ingredients already in the cupboard. Can’t wait … 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Yay – it’s really good:)

  10. Rachel B

    this looks scumdidilyumcious!

    1. Camilla

      Love that word:-)

  11. Ursula Hunt

    This looks a must for me I am a real chocoholic

    1. Camilla

      You won’t be disappointed:-)

  12. Tracy Nixon

    I made this AGAIN yesterday – It really is lovely! I defo recommend it to anyone reading this post!

    1. Camilla

      Fab, it is a hug of a dessert:-)

  13. Paul Wilson

    It’s giving me chocolate cravings just looking at it.

  14. Tracy Nixon

    I made this for Boxing Day too and not a crumb left! Lovely!

    1. Camilla

      Lovely to hear, my family love it too:-)

  15. Heather Haigh

    I love these self- saucing puds and chocolate is my favourite.

  16. Tracy Nixon

    This is the type of heart warming pudding I like on a cold Autumnal day – anything hot, jammy or syruppy!

  17. Ellie Wilde

    Oh my word….I assume this is fat free right? 😉

  18. Paul Wilson

    What a great name for a pudding.

  19. Lisa Williams

    WOW I need this, it was the right thing to see on a Sunday morning 🙂 Delicious

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, it it really good:-)

  20. Tracy Nixon

    Great – my sister-in-law is a vegetarian and I think I might make this for her coming over next week! Thanks

    1. Camilla

      Great, I’m sure you’ll all love it:-)

  21. Heather Haigh

    I do one very similar to this and it is always popular.

  22. Tracy Nixon

    Sounds lovely! Comfort food for Autumn! Thank you!

  23. Maya Russell

    I want to make this gooey, gorgeous pudding now!

  24. Carl

    Such a simple recipe, but such amazing results! I didn’t have a dish so used a Pyrex bowl, and the middle didn’t set even after 35 minutes of baking, so we just ate it anyway and it was still gorgeous. Also ran out of cocoa powder so used Twinings Hot Chocolate powder and it worked perfectly. It really is a hardy and gorgeous recipe.

    1. Camilla

      So glad you enjoyed it, it really is a comfort pud:-)

  25. Dawn F

    Oh my gosh, I am drooling now!!!

  26. Richard

    Unbelievably, this was the best chocolate pudding I have ever had; and that includes restaurants!

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