Delicious Half-Hour Pudding Cake Recipe

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Delicious Half-Hour Pudding Cake Recipe
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on November 21, 2023

Enjoy a warm and comforting dessert with this easy-to-make Half-Hour Pudding Cake recipe. The cake batter magically transforms into a moist cake with a luscious pudding layer while baking. With simple ingredients and just 30 minutes of preparing time, this dessert is perfect for any occasion. Indulge in the sweet flavors and warm aromas of this classic American pudding cake.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup boiling water


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a 9-inch square baking dish.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Add in the milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Stir until well combined and smooth.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish, spreading it evenly.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together the brown sugar and mini chocolate chips. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the batter in the baking dish.
  6. Carefully pour the boiling water over the entire mixture in the baking dish. Do not stir. The water will create a pudding layer as the cake bakes.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the top is set and the cake springs back when touched lightly.
  8. Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes.
  9. Serve the Half-Hour Pudding Cake warm, scooping it into individual dessert bowls.
  10. Optionally, you can garnish with a dusting of powdered sugar or a dollop of whipped cream before serving.

Interesting Facts

  • Pudding cakes were popular in the United States during the early to mid-1900s.
  • The name 'Half-Hour Pudding Cake' refers to the quick baking time required for this dessert.
  • The dessert gets its pudding-like layer from a combination of boiling water and the cake batter as it bakes.
  • This recipe can be easily adapted by adding different flavors, such as cinnamon or almond extract, to the cake batter.