Hot Chocolate Puddings

These individual hot chocolate puddings puff up during baking to form a light sponge top. Deeper down, sponge gives way to moist, steamed pudding and, at the very bottom layer, a pool of dark fudge sauce. The true magic of these puddings, however, lies in how very simple they are to make.–Bill Granger

LC They Say Pudding Mold, We Say Coffee Cup Note

As soon as you read the instructions for this hot chocolate puddings recipe, you’ll note that it calls for pudding molds. Not to fret if you don’t have them on hand–or, like us, don’t even know what the heck they are. Any ovenproof vessel with a capacity of 1 cup—simply pour a cup of water into a liquid measure and then pour it into the desired container to confirm—will do the trick. A large coffee cup will suffice. Onion soup bowls also work. As will many a thing in your kitchen, even a…well, you tell us.

Hot Chocolate Puddings Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 35 M
  • Serves 6 to 8


  • For the pudding
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • A pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup caster (superfine) sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the topping
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • For serving
  • Thick (double or heavy) cream


  • Make the chocolate pudding
  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • 2. Sift the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, and cocoa powder into a bowl. Add the milk, butter, eggs, and vanilla extract and beat until combined. Pour into 6 to 8 buttered 1-cup pudding molds placed on a rimmed baking sheet. (Alternatively, you could simply use 4 larger ramekins and increase the baking time slightly.)
  • Make the topping
  • 3. Stir the brown sugar and cocoa powder in a bowl to combine, then sprinkle it over the pudding batter. Pour the 1/4 of the boiling water carefully over each pudding, then bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • 4. Serve with a thwack [Editor’s Note: We think that’s Australian for dribble or dollop] of thick cream.
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