Delicious Decisions: Chocolate Pudding Cake

  • Serves: 24; 1 square per serving
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Standing Time: 15 minutes
    Baking Time: 35 to 40 minutes


You’ll be surprised at the rich pool of fudge sauce that works its way to the bottom of this cake as it bakes. This decadent dessert is best when served warm, but you won’t be able to resist it even at room temperature.


Vegetable oil spray

2    cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1     tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1    cup fat-free milk
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2    teaspoons vanilla extract

2     cups boiling water
1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar 
1/2  cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Cooking Instructions

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with vegetable oil spray; set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Whisk in remaining cake ingredients, blending thoroughly. Pour into baking pan, spreading evenly.

In a large bowl, whisk together pudding ingredients until sugar and cocoa are dissolved. Pour carefully over batter. (Pudding layer will be thin and runny.)

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until top is firm to the touch. (A toothpick inserted in center of cake won’t be an accurate test for doneness.) Let cake rest for 15 minutes before cutting.
To serve, slice cake and top with sauce, or pool sauce on plate and top with cake. Cover and refrigerate leftovers for up to 7 days or wrap tightly and freeze for up to 2 months.

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Nutritional Analysis
Per serving
Calories Per Serving
Total Fat
1 g
Saturated Fat
0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat
0.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat
0.0 g
0 mg
94 mg
37 g
2 g
2 g

Dietary Exchanges


This recipe is reprinted with permission from the American Heart Association Meals in Minutes Cookbook, Copyright © 2002 by the American Heart Association. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, a division of Random House, Inc. Available from booksellers everywhere.