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Chocolate Self-Saucing Pudding

  • Author: Sylvie
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 8 1x
  • Cuisine: New Zealand


Fudgy chocolate cake with a chocolate sauce that feels like a hot chocolate in cake form. This is perfect for those winter blues (and an easy recipe to make gluten free or vegan).



2 cups self raising flour
4 tablespoons good quality cocoa powder
100 grams/3.5 ounces butter
1/2 cup superfine/caster sugar
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 cup superfine/caster sugar
2 cups boiling water


  • Grease a large baking dish and preheat the oven to 180°C/350F.
  • In a bowl sift the flour and cocoa powder. Rub the butter into the mixture until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and combine.
  • Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the milk and essence. Mix well with a holed wooden spoon, you want to ensure the ingredients are well combined and a smooth mixture.
  • Pour the mixture into the greased tin and set aside while you make the sauce.
  • Place the cocoa powder and sugar in a heatproof bowl and add the boiling water, mix until you can no longer see the sugar granules. Hold a large metal spoon over the cake mixture and slowly pour the sauce evenly over the back of the spoon to guarantee the sauce is spread evenly over the cake.
  • Bake for 45 minutes until a skewer comes out clean when tested.
  • Serve warm with pouring or whipped cream or ice cream.


You want a quite a dark cocoa for this recipe as the chocolate flavor is that much better with a quality cocoa powder.

Adapted from Edmond’s Cookbook