November 11, 2016

Chef Ricardo’s Chocolate Pudding Cake

Recipe: Ricardo

This slow cooker take on chocolate lava cake is best served with a gigantic scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s so good that when we tested it at the office, a few people hid in their offices with seconds (I won’t name names).

Watch Ricardo make this recipe on H&H TV.



  • 1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 oz dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup 35% heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Six 1-cup mason jars


  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk


Yield: Serves 6


  1. In a saucepan off the heat, combine the brown sugar, cocoa powder and cornstarch. Add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, stirring with a whisk, and let simmer for 10 seconds. Pour the sauce into the jars, about 6 tbsp per jar.


  1. Line the bottom of the slow cooker with a clean cloth to prevent the jars from rattling.
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, cream the butter, sugar and cocoa powder with an electric mixer. Add the egg and beat until smooth. At low speed, add the dry ingredients alternately with the milk. With a 1/4-cup ice cream scoop, spoon the batter over the sauce.
  4. Place the jars in the slow cooker. Pour cold water into the cooker to reach halfway up the jars. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. It can be maintained on warm for up to 2 hours. Remove the jars from the cooker and let cool for 15 minutes.
  5. The chocolate pudding cake will keep for 2 days at room temperature.

 Note: If the pudding cake has cooled, place it in the microwave oven for about 30 seconds to reheat the sauce before serving. It will be even better.


Recipe adapted from  Slower is Better.