Quick and Easy Self Saucing Chocolate Pudding Recipe

A pudding has to be the ultimate family winter dessert, agree?  Sure it’s not the most visually attractive dessert on a plate, but it’s cosy, homely, delicious AND it’s cheap as chips to make. This self saucing chocolate pudding recipe is a real winner!

The beauty of a self-saucing chocolate pudding recipe is that it’s relatively quick to mix together and if you pop it in the oven (or air fryer if you have a dish that fits!) ) BEFORE you sit down to eat dinner, then by the time it has baked,  you don’t have to wait long for dessert at all. Or listen to kids ask when is dessert? On repeat.

I mean, HELLO. via GIPHY

Spongy chocolate cake goodness with a river of molten chocolate sauce bubbling underneath – what is there NOT to love about that?

Your cocoa quality matters

Your self saucing chocolate pudding recipe is only as good as your cocoa. So if it’s an ultra dark, rich and chocolatey pudding you crave, then make sure you use decent, quality cocoa. Nestlé Baker’s Choice Cocoa is usually my go-to and is a fantastic all-rounder to keep in your pantry.

Every self saucing chocolate pudding recipe needs ice cream!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. in my house it’s customary to pair a screaming hot dessert with something freezing cold, so vanilla ice cream is always a given to serve with this chocolate pudding. At a stretch, a generous dollop of double cream. Either way, it’s a must-have!

Self saucing chocolate pudding recipe

Serves: 4


  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 80g butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp icing sugar, to serve
  • Vanilla ice cream or double cream to serve

For the sauce

  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder, sifted
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1¼ cup boiling water


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C (fan-forced) and grease a 1.5L capacity oven-proof bowl or dish.
  2. Combine the milk, butter, egg and vanilla essence in a bowl or jug and whisk together.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the cocoa powder and flour, sifting them together. Stir in the brown sugar.
  4. Gradually pour in the wet ingredients into the dry mixture, whisking them together until the mixture is combined and a smooth batter.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix the cocoa powder and brown sugar for the sauce.
  6. Using a spoon or spatula, spoon the pudding batter into your prepared oven dish, levelling out and smoothing the top over. Sprinkle the combined cocoa and brown sugar evenly over the top.
  7. Slowly pour the boiling water over the back of a spoon so it covers the top of the pudding batter. Pouring over a spoon means it doesn’t disturb the pudding surface too much and is a much more even application than pouring directly into the dish.
  8. Place the pudding into the oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until it springs up lightly when pressed in the centre. Let it rest for a few minutes before dusting with icing sugar and serving with ice cream or cream. Holy belly-warming deliciousness!
self saucing chocolate pudding recipe
Self saucing chocolate pudding recipe makes a big bowl or individual pudding pots! Source: Bigstock

So there you have it, an easy-peasy pudding recipe to try this week. Let us know if your kids give it a thumbs up and how you get on if you give it a go at home.

PUDDING POLL: Is a classic, rich chocolate self saucing pudding your family’s favourite pudding? We also love lemon delicious and rich sticky date pudding at our family table, so keep an eye out for those recipes coming soon. I’m all for taking more suggestions though!

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South Australian mum and self proclaimed foodie, Lexi can most days be found in the kitchen, apron tied firm and armed with a whisk or wooden spoon!

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