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Chocolate-Fudge Pudding Cake

Chocolate-Fudge Pudding Cake

When you have a craving for a comforting dessert, try this pudding cake, which forms its own rich-tasting sauce as it bakes. The coffee flavor is subtle, but it adds complex depth to the cake's flavor.


8 servings, about 1/2 cup

Prep Time

20 minutes

Total Time

1 hour


  • 1/2cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3cup sugar
  • 1/4cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 1/2teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2teaspoon salt
  • 1large egg
  • 1/2cup lowfat milk
  • 2tablespoons canola oil
  • 2teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4cup semisweet chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1 1/3cups hot brewed coffee
  • 3/5cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4cup chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted
  • Confectioners' sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 1½- to 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray. Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Whisk egg, milk, oil and vanilla in a glass measuring cup. Add to the flour mixture; stir with a rubber spatula until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips, if using. Scrape the batter into the prepared baking dish. Mix hot coffee and brown sugar in the measuring cup and pour over the batter. Sprinkle with nuts. (It may look strange at this point, but don't worry. During baking, cake forms on top with sauce underneath.)
  2. Bake the pudding cake until the top springs back when touched lightly, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool for at least 10 minutes. Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve hot or warm


Tip: Whole-wheat pastry flour, lower in protein than regular whole-wheat flour, has less gluten-forming potential, making it a better choice for tender baked goods. Store in the freezer.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (recipe makes 8 servings, about 1/2 cup)

Calories 162kcal
Carbohydrate Total 22g
Total Sugars 6g
Fiber 2g
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 1g
Mono Saturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 27mg
Sodium 237mg
Protein 4g
Potassium 114mg
Calcium 73mg
Folate 8mcg
Omega-3 1g
Omega-6 2g
Vitamin E 1mg

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