Chocolate Cobbler

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This gooey chocolate cobbler recipe is so quick and easy to mix up. A fudgy chocolate cake sits on top of a layer of hot fudge sauce. Top it with ice cream for a decadent dessert everyone will love. You don’t need a mixer and it takes 15 minutes or less to mix up!​

chocolate cobbler with a spoon in it


 

One of my all time favorite desserts is a molten chocolate cake. It’s my go to dessert for a chocolate fix. But then I discovered this chocolate cobbler. It’s such an easy chocolate dessert. Top it with a scoop of ice cream and I’m in heaven. It’s like a lava cake but only easier.

This southern chocolate cobbler recipe, also known as chocolate pudding cake, is an easy dessert to bring to your next potluck or get-together. A rich chocolate batter gets sprinkled with a cocoa mixture and then hot boiling water is poured over the whole dish. It creates this moist chocolate cake layer on top of a molten chocolate layer underneath. It’s like a rich hot fudge sauce waiting for you. The key to this dessert is finding some patience and letting it cool so the layer under the cobbler thickens up!

This chocolate cobbler recipe is a must-try. It’s rich, decadent, and surprisingly easy to make, even for novice bakers. With just a few simple ingredients, you can create a dessert that will have everyone asking for seconds. It is perfect for when you need a chocolate craving.

So, whether you’re a baking pro or just craving something sweet, let the Chocolate Cobbler be your ticket to chocolate heaven. Trust me; your sweet tooth will thank you forever!

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spoon lifting out a serving of chocolate cobbler

Why You Will Love This Chocolate Cobbler

  • Easy to make: This is such an easy recipe to make, even for novice bakers. The pantry ingredients are simple and the steps are straightforward.
  • Rich and decadent: This cobbler is rich and decadent, with a fudgy chocolate layer and a rich chocolate sauce. It’s perfect for chocolate lovers.
  • Versatile: This cobbler can be customized to your liking. You can add nuts, chocolate chips, or other toppings- such as chocolate ice cream or whipped cream. You can also use different types of cocoa powder or milk.
ice cream being scooped onto a bowl of chocolate cobbler

Ingredients Needed

For the cake:

  • 1 cup (120  g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoons instant espresso powder, optional– While optional, adding instant espresso powder enhances the chocolate depth without adding a distinct coffee flavor.
  • ¾ cup (150 g) granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (21 g) Dutch cocoa powder– The use of Dutch cocoa powder is recommended for a more intense chocolate flavor and darker color. 
  • 1/2 cup (120 mL) milk – You can use any type of milk you have.
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick, 113 g), melted and slightly cooled – You can also use salted butter just omit the added salt.

For the topping: 

  • ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar 
  • ½ cup (107 g) packed light brown sugar 
  • ¼ cup (21 g) cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups ( mL) boiling water- The key ingredient for creating the fudgy, pudding-like layer. Pour it over the batter without stirring to achieve the desired texture.
chocolate cobbler ingredients

How to Make This Easy Chocolate Cobbler Recipe

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350oF. Grease an 8×8 baking pan. 

In a medium bowl or large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cocoa powder in a bowl. 

With a spatula, add the milk, vanilla, and melted butter to the sugar mixture until smooth. 

wet ingredients added to dry ingredients for chocolate cobbler cake batter

Pour cake batter into the bottom of the baking dish.

chocolate cobbler cake batter in a baking dish

In a small bowl, make the topping. Stir together the sugar, brown sugar and cocoa powder. Sprinkle over the top of the batter. 

sugar topping sprinkled over chocolate cobbler batter

Pour the boiling water over the mixture. Do not stir.

boiling water being poured over chocolate cobbler

Bake for 30 minutes, until the top is set. Remove from the oven, and cool the pan slightly before serving. I like to let it sit for 10-15 minutes just to let the sauce set up a bit on top of the cobbler but for extra sauce serve right away. 

baked chocolate cobbler in dish

Serving Suggestions

I love serving this chocolate cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Or you can get creative with your ice cream flavors – try mint chip, snickers, or cookies and cream! But you can also serve with a dollop of homemade whipped cream. You can top with toasted pecans or walnuts for a little crunch.

If you want to get really decadent, drizzle on extra hot fudge sauce or homemade caramel sauce.

Recipe Tips

  • Don’t overmix the batter. Overmixing will make the cobbler dense and tough.
  • Pour the boiling water over the cobbler slowly and evenly. This will help to prevent the cobbler from becoming too runny. And don’t stir! 
  • Use Dutch cocoa. You can use unsweetened cocoa powder instead of a Dutch-process cocoa powder for this cobbler, but the chocolate flavor won’t be as intense.
  • Don’t skip the espresso powder! Espresso powder is optional but helps bring out the chocolate flavor.
chocolate cobbler in a bowl topped with ice cream

Recipe FAQs

How should I store this cobbler?

You store any leftover cobbler for up to 3 days in the fridge in an airtight container. Just reheat in the microwave!

Can I freeze Chocolate Cobbler for later?

You can freeze any leftover portions in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Then thaw overnight in the fridge. Reheat in the microwave.

Can I bake in a different pan?

You can bake in a 9×9 baking pan but your cake won’t be as thick. Or double the recipe and bake in a 9×13 baking pan.

spoon lifting a bite of chocolate cobbler out of the bowl

More Recipes To Try

Chocolate Cobbler

This rich, fudgy cobbler, also known as chocolate pudding cake, is an easy dessert to bring to your next potluck or get-together.
5 from 3 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 9 servings
Calories: 316kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

For the chocolate layer:

  • 1 cup (120 g) all-purpose flour *spooned and leveled
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder optional
  • ¾ cup (150 g) granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (21 g) Dutch cocoa powder see note
  • 1/2 cup (120 mL) milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup unsalted butter 1 stick, 113 g, melted and slightly cooled

For the topping:

  • ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (107 g) packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (21 g) cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups (360 mL) boiling water

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven and prepare pan. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8×8 baking pan.
  • Make the chocolate batter. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cocoa powder in a bowl. With a spatula, stir in milk, vanilla, and melted butter until smooth. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  • In a small mixing bowl, make the topping. Stir together the sugar, brown sugar and cocoa powder. Sprinkle over the chocolate batter.
  • Add water. Pour the boiling water over the mixture. Do not stir.
  • Bake the cobbler. Bake for 30 minutes, until the top is set. Remove from the oven, and cool the pan slightly before serving. I like to let it sit for 10-15 minutes just to let the sauce set up a bit but for extra sauce serve right away.

Notes

  • Cocoa: You can use unsweetened cocoa powder instead of a Dutch-process cocoa powder for this cobbler, but the chocolate flavor won’t be as intense.
  • Espresso powder: Espresso powder is optional but helps bring out the chocolate flavor.
  • Butter: You can use salted butter, simply omit the salt or reduce.
  • Storage: Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days. Can microwave for a little bit to warm up but may reduce the amount of sauce.
  • Pan: Can also bake in a 9×9 baking pan but cake won’t be as thick. 

Nutrition

Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 337IU | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 1mg
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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made this for Christmas Eve, and everyone loved it! It was the perfect thing to make because I mixed the cake batter a few hours before and poured it into the pan, then had the topping mixed together in a separate bowl. So, all I had to do after dinner was sprinkle the topping on, pour the boiling water over it, and bake. Super easy and delicious!

    1. aw that’s awesome Nicki! I’m so glad you loved it!! And yes can’t beat a no fuss simple dessert to put together right?

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