Chocolate fudge hot-pot pudding

So, the holiday is over and therefore I no longer need to worry so much about keeping my stomach flat. Therefore, I am now eating carbs again. Carbs! CARBS!  Glorious, glorious carbs. What better way to celebrate the ability to eat flour and sugar again, than to bake a cake that contains copious quantities of both.

It’s gooey, it’s cake-y and good god, it is chocolately. Just what you need as the nights start to draw in and it starts to get cold. This is not just any chocolate cake – not only is there a soft sponge, but as it bakes it also creates a dense, sticky chocolate sauce at the bottom of the dish.

The great thing of this is that it’s so easy to make. You make a basic chocolate cake mix, pour into a baking dish, then pour over some water, mixed with cocoa and sugar. It looks weird, but when you bake it the  cake bakes perfectly, and the liquid turns into a hot, chocolate sauce. It’s the epitome of laziness – but also happens to taste awesome.

This is from the ‘Great British Bake off’ book from last year – I amended it to work around what was in my baking cupboard.

  • 125 g butter
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 75g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 15 ml baking powder
  • 6 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 50g dark chocolate, chopped into pieces
  • 1 tbsp milk


  • 300ml boiling water
  • 125g light brown sugar
  • 6 tbsp cocoa powder


  1. Cream butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add eggs one at a time and beat until light and creamy. The mixture will curdle, but don’t worry. Sift dry ingredients and fold in with a metal spoon. Add the milk and stir through.
  2. Spoon mixture into a large greased ovenproof dish.


  1. Mix all ingredients in a jug until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Pour sauce over the cake mixture and bake in a preheated oven at 180 C for 30 minutes.