Delicious Mocha Fudge Pudding Cake Recipe

As a barista, I believe that coffee is more than just a drink; it’s a way of life. There’s just something about the smell of freshly brewed coffee that awakens my senses and draws me in. That’s why I’m excited to share with you my recipe for Mocha Fudge Pudding Cake, a treat that combines two of my favorite things: coffee and chocolate.

This delectable dessert is made with simple ingredients you probably already have on hand. It’s a great option when you want to impress guests or surprise your loved ones with something special. Whether served warm or cold, this cake is perfect for any occasion – from birthdays and holidays to Sunday family dinners.

You may be wondering what is so special about this Mocha Fudge Pudding Cake recipe compared to others out there. Well, let me tell you – this cake isn’t your typical dry, crumbly cake. It’s incredibly moist and fudgy, almost like a pudding cake. The added touch of instant coffee gives it a delicious mocha flavor that pairs perfectly with the rich chocolate fudge sauce on top.

Not only is this recipe easy to make, but it can also be modified for those with specific dietary needs. You can easily substitute some ingredients to make this gluten-free or dairy-free without sacrificing any flavor.

So grab yourself a cup of coffee and let’s get started on making this delicious Mocha Fudge Pudding Cake! Trust me; once you try it, you’ll be hooked.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Mocha Fudge Pudding Cake
Mocha Fudge Pudding Cake

When it comes to desserts, we all have our own preferences, but I think we can all agree on one thing: a good fudge pudding cake takes the cake. And if you’re looking for a dessert that ticks all the boxes – chocolatey, fudgy, gooey yet cakey – look no further than this Mocha Fudge Pudding Cake Recipe.

What makes this recipe truly special is its combination of rich chocolate flavor with a hint of coffee. The instant coffee granules give it that subtle mocha flavor that will make your taste buds dance with delight. But don’t take my word for it; try it and see for yourself.

But that’s not all. What makes this recipe particularly unique is its texture. A fudge pudding cake is like no other cake you’ve ever tasted. It’s both a cake and a pudding, which means you get the best of both worlds – a fluffy cake on top and a rich, silky pudding underneath. It’s decadent without being overly heavy, making it the perfect ending to any dinner party or celebration.

Not only does this recipe deliver on flavor and texture, but it’s also incredibly easy to make. You don’t need any fancy equipment, just some bowls and an oven. Plus, most of the ingredients are pantry staples that you probably already have on hand.

And if you’re worried about having leftovers, fear not. This cake keeps exceptionally well in the fridge – in fact, I dare say it’s even better after sitting overnight as the flavors meld together. Simply reheat in the microwave or oven before serving.

So go ahead and treat yourself (and your loved ones) to this divine Mocha Fudge Pudding Cake. After all, life is too short not to indulge once in a while!

Ingredient List

 Decadent Mocha Fudge Pudding Cake
Decadent Mocha Fudge Pudding Cake

Here are the ingredients you need to make this fudgy mocha pudding cake recipe:

For the cake:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the mocha pudding:

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, divided
  • 1 1/4 cups hot water or hot coffee
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

For the hot fudge sauce:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons baking cocoa, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups hot water

These are all the ingredients needed for making a delicious and decadent mocha fudge pudding cake. Make sure to use high-quality ingredients for better results.

The Recipe How-To

 Chocolate and Coffee Lovers Rejoice!
Chocolate and Coffee Lovers Rejoice!

Step 1: Preheat and Prep

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease an 8-inch square baking pan with butter or cooking spray. In a small bowl, dissolve 2 teaspoons of instant coffee in 1/4 cup hot water. Stir until the coffee granules are dissolved.

Step 2: Combine Dry Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 cup all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (divided), 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Step 3: Make the Mocha Pudding Mix

In another mixing bowl, thoroughly mix together the dry ingredients for the mocha pudding mix: 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, and 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (divided).

Step 4: Add Wet Ingredients

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients mixture prepared in step 2. Add to the well and stir in these liquid ingredients: 1/2 cup milk, dissolved coffee from step 1, and 2 tablespoons melted butter.

Step 5: Pour Batter into Baking Dish

When mixed thoroughly, pour this batter into the prepared 8-inch square baking dish.

Step 6: Prepare Hot Fudge Pudding Mix

Sprinkle evenly over this batter with the dry ingredients mixture prepared previously in step 3.

Step 7: Hot Water and Bake Time

Mix together and then pour evenly over this dry mixture layer, a total of 1½ cups hot water. Bake for around 40 minutes, bake until the cake top is firm to the touch except for fudgy bits of sauce that stick to your finger when touched directly by them.

Step 8: Let It Cool, Serve

Let the cake cool at least for 15 minutes, then it is ready to serve either with or without other serving ideas: ice cream, fudge sauce, mocha or hot chocolate mousse. Reheat any leftover slices in the microwave for around 15-20 seconds until heated through.

Enjoy your mocha fudge pudding cake! This rich and decadent dessert will be a hit at any gathering or celebration.

Substitutions and Variations

 Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with This Dreamy Dessert
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with This Dreamy Dessert

There are some great ways to experiment with this recipe and try out different variations to keep things interesting. Here are my recommendations:

– Vegan Alternative: To make a vegan version of the mocha fudge pudding cake, you can substitute non-dairy milk such as almond or soy milk for the regular milk and use vegan butter instead of regular butter.

– Chocolate Variations: You can add different types of chocolate chips or even chocolate chunks in the cake batter. You could also try using dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate for a richer flavor.

– Coffee Flavor: If you’re a coffee fanatic, you could add even more coffee to the recipe to enhance the coffee flavor. Try adding an extra teaspoon or two of instant coffee granules to the hot water before mixing it with the dry ingredients.

– Gluten-Free: For those who are gluten intolerant, you can replace all-purpose flour with gluten-free flour in equal parts.

– Toppings and Additions: This recipe is so versatile, that you can pair it with different toppings like whipped cream, berries, nuts or even caramel sauce. You could also add chopped nuts like pecans, hazelnuts or almonds into the batter for an additional crunch.

So go ahead and play around with this recipe by adding or substituting ingredients until you get exactly what you desire. Remember that these options are simply suggestions, and ultimately, your taste preferences are your guide in getting creative with your mocha fudge pudding cake making experience.

Serving and Pairing

 The Perfect Way to Indulge after a Long Day
The Perfect Way to Indulge after a Long Day

A slice of this rich and fudgy mocha fudge pudding cake is the perfect way to indulge your sweet tooth after a satisfying meal. Serve a slice of this cake warm with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream to balance out the sweetness. You can also drizzle hot fudge or chocolate sauce on top of the cake for an extra indulgent touch.

This cake makes a great pairing with coffee or tea for a luxurious afternoon snack. The mocha flavor in the cake complements the bitterness of coffee or the herbal notes in tea perfectly. For non-coffee drinkers, try serving this cake with a cold glass of milk or a creamy latte made with plant-based milk for an equally delicious pairing.

If you’re looking for something more decadent, slice the cake and layer it with hot chocolate mousse or gooey chocolate chips for an even richer dessert experience. You can also turn this recipe into a layered cake by doubling the ingredients and dividing the batter between three 9-inch round cake pans. Fill each layer with vanilla pudding, top with fudge sauce and finish off with chocolate shavings on top.

In short, this mocha fudge pudding cake is sure to please any chocolate lover’s palate, be it as simple as serving it on its own, paired with refreshing beverages or being transformed into an extravagant dessert.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A Double Dose of Rich and Creamy: Mocha and Fudge
A Double Dose of Rich and Creamy: Mocha and Fudge

As a barista, I know that life can be hectic and sometimes it’s not practical to create a dessert on the spot. Luckily, this mocha fudge pudding cake recipe can be made ahead of time for your convenience!

Once you’ve baked the cake, you can let it cool completely, cover it with plastic wrap, and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. If you plan to make it further in advance, I recommend keeping it in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

If you choose to freeze your cake, take it out of the freezer and transfer it to the fridge the day before you plan to serve it. This will let it slowly defrost in a controlled environment, so that when you take a bite into its gooey chocolate centre, the flavours and textures are still perfectly intact.

If you’re in a rush and need to reheat individual portions quickly, simply pop them in the microwave or oven for a couple of minutes until warm. However, keep in mind that over-reheating the cake will dry out the fudgy texture or cause separation between pudding and cake layers. So try reheating for shorter intervals at lower heats.

Alternatively, if you want to serve your cake warm from scratch with hot fudge sauce or ice cream on top of it, I suggest baking only about 20 to 25 minutes so that the insides don’t dry out – then enjoy!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Luxurious Layers of Chocolate and Espresso
Luxurious Layers of Chocolate and Espresso

Now that you have all the ingredients and know the recipe, let’s go over some tips to ensure perfect results for your mocha fudge pudding cake.

First off, make sure you use high-quality ingredients. Using premium cocoa powder and good instant coffee will give your cake a much richer flavor.

Measure your ingredients accurately, especially the baking powder. Too much or too little can affect the texture and rise of your cake.

When mixing your batter, don’t overmix it. Stop mixing as soon as the flour disappears and it’s fully combined to avoid overworking the gluten.

Use a hot fudge sauce that’s thick enough to hold up against the pudding cake. This will help prevent the cake from becoming too soggy and falling apart.

To ensure the perfect consistency of your pudding, add just enough milk or water and cook it over medium heat until it thickens but is still pourable. If you overcook it, it will become too stiff and difficult to mix with the cake batter.

Let your cake cool completely before slicing it. This will allow the fudge pudding to set and become gooier.

Feel free to experiment with different variations by adding chocolate chips, layering it with vanilla pudding or serving it with ice cream or whipped cream.

Follow these tips to make sure your mocha fudge pudding cake turns out perfect every time!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this mocha fudge pudding cake recipe is a must-try for all coffee and chocolate lovers. It combines the rich flavors of chocolate and coffee in a luscious fudgy cake that is sure to satisfy your dessert cravings. The recipe is easy to make and versatile enough for substitutions and variations.

Moreover, this mocha fudge pudding cake is perfect for any occasion, from intimate family gatherings to large parties. You can serve it with ice cream, hot fudge, or chocolate sauce for an extra indulgent touch.

Finally, if you’re looking for an easy and delicious way to impress your guests or treat yourself, try making this mocha fudge pudding cake recipe. Trust me; you won’t be disappointed!

Mocha Fudge Pudding Cake

Mocha Fudge Pudding Cake Recipe

Don't let the list of ingredients keep you from trying this recipe. It's actually pretty quick to throw together, and fairly simple. This recipe can easily be doubled and baked in a 9x13 pan if you need 12-16 servings, which is what I usually do. You can serve it with a scoop of ice cream or sorbet if you'd like.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 9x9 pan
Calories 648.5 kcal


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sugar, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
  • Mix first 8 ingredients together in bowl, and place in greased 9x9 baking pan.
  • Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 1/4 cup cocoa. Pour mixture on top of the batter in the pan, using a spoon to spread it evenly.
  • In a small bowl, mix together 1 cup hot water, and 1 tablespoon instant coffee. Stir to dissolve coffee. Add 1 tablespoon butter. Stir until butter is completely melted. Pour mixture over the cake batter.
  • Bake for about 45 minutes, or until cake is done (it should spring back when touched).
  • Let cool for about 30 minutes. When ready to serve, cut into squares and spoon some of the chocolate pudding over the top of each serving.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 161gCalories: 648.5kcalCarbohydrates: 121gProtein: 6.3gFat: 16.7gSaturated Fat: 9.9gCholesterol: 42.4mgSodium: 457.1mgFiber: 2.6gSugar: 89.1g
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