Dairy, Egg and Nut Free Chocolate Pudding Cake

puddingcake.resizedtwoYears ago, I tried to make my first Pudding Cake for my husband on Valentine’s Day. Even though my baking skills were still coming around in the early years of our marriage, the cake was an immediate hit. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make, yet the flavor was amazing. Who doesn’t love a gooey, chocolaty cake served warm right out of the oven?

What I especially love about this cake is the fact that it takes only a few minutes to prepare, and is a wonderful dessert to serve to company because it happily bakes away in the oven unattended while dinner is served at the table. Once dinner is over, the warm cake with a pudding bottom is ready to be served with a dollop of soy ice cream on the side. I also love to drizzle a little melted dairy free chocolate on top. A pureed raspberry sauce would also be delicious and colorful.

This recipe is of course dairy, egg and nut free, and it is shockingly fabulous. My kids love it, and I’ve made it often for them because it is so simple to make. The last time I made this pudding cake was right before I had baby Michael, but am planning to make it again this weekend for a special treat.

Happy Baking and hope you all enjoy!!

Dairy, Egg and Nut Free Chocolate Pudding Cake

1/2 c. soy or rice milk

1/4 c. vegetable oil

1 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

3/4 c. dairy free chocolate chips ( I use Divvies or Enjoy Life)

1 c. unbleached all purpose flour

1 1/3 c. sugar DIVIDED

1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder DIVIDED ( I use Hershey’s)

2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1 c. boiling water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8 inch glass square baking dish with dairy free baking spray. In a medium bowl coming soy milk, vegetable oil and vanilla with a wire whisk. In a seperate medium bowl combine flour, 2/3 c. granulated sugar,  1/4 c. cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt with a wire whisk. Add soy milk mixture to flour mixture and combine with a rubber spatula until thoroughly mixed. Stir in dairy free chocolate chips. Spread batter into prepared cake pan. In a small bowl combine remaining 2/3 c. granulated sugar and 1/4 c. cocoa powder. Sprinkle evenly over top of batter and pour 1 c. boiling water over the top. Do not stir.

Bake 30-35 minutes or until cake is just set in the center. A tooth pick inserted in the middle should come out with just a few crumbs. Remove from oven and serve warm. The cake can be scooped out with a large spoon or let it sit until it is room temperature and cut into slices.

25 Responses

  1. This recipe looks perfect and so easy. We are having company over this Friday for fish sandwiches and the kids are having pizza. For dessert we will have this cake and some soy ice cream. Can’t wait.

  2. Kelly this looks awesome. We’re going out on Sat night but I always try to make a special treat for the kids and babysitter when we do – and now I know what that special treat will be! Thanks!

  3. Amazing! I was just looking for a chocolate pudding cake on your site a few days ago, and now you have one! DH requested one for his birthday and I will definitely be making this. Thanks so much!

  4. Kelly- first of all, congratulations on the birth of your new baby. He is adorable! Thank you for this recipe. It just came out of the oven and my boys and I have devoured almost half of it. It is absolutley delicious!

  5. Kelly, This sound wonderful! We’re having our neighbor over for dinner Sunday and I think this will be the perfect dessert. BTW, I just pulled my last batch of your Chewy Double Chocolate Cookes (from your cookbook) out of the oven. Sooooo Good!! I ate 3 before they cooled off!

  6. Yum! Sounds like a keeper! By the way, saw you (and the book) in Parenting Magazine–so great to see that your popularity is continuing!

    • Thanks so much everyone, and Julie, thanks for the comment about the Parenting Mag mention! I love it when any magazine or show does something about food allergies…

  7. I made this recipe last week, and it was AWESOME! Thanks!! Congrats on your new baby!

  8. Just an update – I made this Sunday as planned and it was a hit! We couldn’t wait for it to cool so the pudding could set so it was more like a hot chocolate sauce with our cake and ice cream but no one complained as they scraped their bowls clean. My hubby couldn’t wait to have some again last night – reheat in the microwave and it is just as delicious!

  9. Kelly,
    We made the pudding cake for dessert tonight and it was a big hit. My husband who is ultra picky said, “This lady knows how to cook!” My favorite thing about making your recipes is how excited my son, who is allergic to dairy, eggs, and nuts, gets over picking which recipe from your blog to make. He is excited to try different goodies that he has never been able to eat. It makes me realize what a trooper he really has been through the years making do with “safe treats” while others around him have whatever is being provided. I have always made sure he had his own treats, but even with that he has felt the sting of not being able to try what others are having. Thank you for opening up new experiences for him! We eagerly anticipate your next post!

  10. Two thumbs WAY UP for this super easy dessert. My 3.5 year old son deemed it better than brownies.

  11. My family agrees with Liz’s son – this chocolate pudding cake is way better than brownies!

  12. I made this for my family on Sunday, and they all loved it!!! Very rich and delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

  13. Thank you!!! This was incredible. My 13 year old dd has a rare disease called Gastroenteritis Eosinphiliac Disease. My research has shown most of the children with this have food allergies. We started noticing that milk caused her INCREDIBLE amount of pain, as well as processed foods. Her specialist had her on 5 medicines (13 pills) a day. But my gut said the was more that could be done, naturally. So we went to a highly respected allergist and found out she is allergic to dairy, casein, whey and eggs. She also can’t have processed foods and most fruits/vegs/meats have to be organic. She and I were at a lost. What in the heck did we feed her? How does a teenager handle not eating the “fun” stuff her friends can? My friend told me about your website. THANK YOU!!!! I cannot wait for my dd to get home from track to see what I have baked up for her. Her sisters (allergy-free) had to be told to leave some of it for Brianna…lol. I can’t wait to bake more of your recipes. My dd is going to be overjoyed!

  14. Thanks SOOO much everyone for your sweet comments! I’m so pysched ya’ll loved it as much as we did! We made this again in honor of Michael’s one month bday! Yum!! Michelle, I am so sorry to hear of your 13 year old’s disease..a HUGE kuddos to you for following your gut and getting additional testing. We rarely eat processed foods mostly because of my son’s allergies, too, so I totally understand where you’re coming from. That’s why it was so important for me to create easy but fabulous recipes so everyone could enjoy them…especially those with food allergies. Of course teens and tweens especially want to eat “fun” food…and nothing makes me happier than to hear that your daughter can have yummy treats now. Truly makes my day!! Thanks for sharing your story.

  15. I can’t do wheat either-what do you think will happen if I use my gluten free all purpose flour mix and xantham gum in this recipe? Everything else looks so good, that I would hate to have high expectations and have the key ingredient be that flour!

  16. Turns out it is fantastic with a gluten free all-purpose flour and xantham gum (1/2 tsp)!

  17. I tried this recipe for the first time for a dinner party.
    My 19 year old daughter who does not often eat desserts came back for seconds.
    It was a really big hit.

  18. We made this and it was awesome! Thanks for helping get our sweet tooth fix! Love it and will make it many times.

  19. Yay! Just got power back and am far behind on Valentines ideas…..this is it! I think my daughter and I will take a stab at some chocolate dipped strawberry toppers! Her brother (milk, egg, peanut allergies) is 15 months. He has had more wonderful treats than many kiddos his age, thank you!

  20. I just made this for my husband and son tonight (Valentine’s Day) and it was drop dead, AMAZING. I would (and will!) recommend this to all my friends, not just those living with food allergies.
    My FA son was beside himself that he had dessert.
    Oh, and I didn’t even had any chocolate chips!
    I did however put sugared black berries on top 🙂