Friday, May 11, 2007

Chocolate Pudding Cake

Part of my mission at A Full Plate Cafe is to have a delicious, decadent, and vegan dessert every week. Chocolate Pudding Cake totally fits these requirements. Honestly, this cake tastes so rich it's hard to believe there's no fat or eggs in it.
Chocolate pudding cake
I doubled the original recipe and baked it in a 13X9 glass dish, but if you don't work at a restaurant or don't have a large enough family to eat this cake in a day or two, feel free to halve the recipe and bake in an 8X8.

For the Vegan Chocolate Pudding Cake you'll need:

2 c flour
4 T apple sauce
1 c water
1/4 t salt
1 & 1/3 c sugar
2 t vanilla
4 T cocoa
4 t baking powder
1 & 1/3 c brown sugar
1/2 c cocoa
3 & 1/2 c hot water

Mix the first eight ingredients together, mixture will be thick. Spread the thick batter into a 13X9 rectangular baking pan. Mix the brown sugar and 1/4 c cocoa. Sprinkle over the batter. Pour the hot water over the entire top surface of the cake. I know it looks weird, but it totally works!
hot water cake
Bake at 350 for about 45 or 50 minutes. You might want to put the baking dish on a cookie sheet, in case some of the pudding mixture spills over the sides. The magic of this cake is that as it bakes, the brown sugar/cocoa topping mixes with the water and sinks through the cake to form a pudding layer at the bottom.
pudding cake
I like to let the cake cool for at least 30 minutes and served warm, or chill it and serve cold.

9 Comments:

  1. Cheryl said...
    That last picture is just too yummy looking for me. I would be scared too the water on top, but it sure comes out fantastic.
    Taylor said...
    Interesting...I've never seen anything like this.
    Sig said...
    OMG, what a cake... that pudding layer in the last picture looks sooo tempting, never seen a cake like this before!
    Chris said...
    oh my....choco-a-holics beware! Recipes like this make me sad I can't eat chocolate! But, knowing my crazy butt - I would eat some anyway...ha ha ha
    Anonymous said...
    Could you please tell me what is "apple sauce"? Do you think we can purchase it in France?
    E said...
    Apple Sauce is basically pureed apple. If you can't find it in a jar, you could certainly make your own. I'd poach peeled and cored apples (maybe 2 depending on their size) and then use a potato masher or a sturdy fork to mash them up once they're tender.
    Anonymous said...
    This sounded so good I had to try it- but when finished I had a chocolate cake floating in sweet chocolate water. Could the measurements be off on this? There was nothing that resembled pudding. :(
    Anonymous said...
    I noticed the method reads "1/4 c cocoa" but the ingrediants list states "1/2 c cocoa" ...does anyone know which is right?? :S
    When I've made it I used 1/2 c but the cake ended up as an island surrounded by chocolate pudding so maybe it would have turned out better had I used 1/4 c?
    thanks for any help! Paula xxx
    Animeamber said...
    Thanks for the recipe, it's nice :)
    When I made it, I replaced the apple sauce with canola oil (because that's all I had) and the cake layer turned out perfectly. However, the cake layer was actually quite thin and there was loads of sauce underneath. It is possible that when you wrote up the recipe you accidentally forgot to double the measurements for cake layer part of the recipe?

    TO PAULA - I used 1/2c of cocoa for the sauce and it turned out well. I suspect this is a doubled-up recipe since at the start of the instruction it states that you can halve the amounts and bake in an 8x8, so when it says 1/4c later on that's probably how it was written in the original.

    Many thanks,

    Amber

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