Cakes

Denver Chocolate Pudding Cake

To the untrained eye, this (most likely) appears to be a plate of chocolate something-or-other.

Or at least you hope that’s chocolate on the plate …. one can never be too sure when there are teenage boys lurking in the house that are generally up to no good….

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However, I am happy to inform you that this is, in fact, a plate of no-mixer-required chocolate molten-lava cake deliciousness that comes with a built-in chocolate sauce. How can you go wrong?

Short answer — you can’t.

And I single handedly ate it all.

One year ago: Chicken and Spinach Casserole

Denver Chocolate Pudding Cake – adapted from Williams Sonoma

2 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup very soft unsalted butter
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted before measuring
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
3 rounded tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups boiling water

Position a rack in the middle of an oven; preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch square baking pan and set aside.

Place the chocolate in a small heatproof bowl or the top pan of a double boiler. Set over a pan of gently simmering water but not touching the water. Stir until melted and smooth. Let cool slightly. Combine the butter and half of the granulated sugar in a bowl. Use a whisk to beat together until light and fluffy. Sift together the sifted flour and baking powder onto the butter mixture and then add the milk. Stir with the whisk until well mixed. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the chocolate and 1 teaspoon of the vanilla. Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared pan. In the same bowl (no need to wash it if you have scraped it clean), stir together the remaining granulated sugar, the brown sugar and cocoa. Sprinkle over the batter in the pan. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla to the boiling water and pour slowly over the batter so as not to disturb it too much. Bake until the top is firm, about 1 hour. Let cool slightly. To serve, cut into squares. Spoon some of the sauce from the pan bottom over each serving. Serves 8.

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