Bittersweet Chocolate Budino Cake

Chocolate Budino Cake

I usually take my chocolate straight and dark, thank you very much. But the next best thing to nibbling on a slab of chocolate is when it’s baked in a warm, sludgy cake. It’s what I want to eat slowly with a spoon on a chilly night, sitting by the fire.

Italian chocolate pudding cake

Budino is an Italian pudding, and can be either sweet or savory. I think of this recipe like a soft-centered brownie baked in a cup – a chocolate pudding cake. I like to use cocoa nibs for an extra hit of chocolate and a little crunch.

Chocolate Budino Cake

Bittersweet Chocolate Budino Cake


  • 1 cup (8 ounces) chopped dark chocolate
  • 4 tablespoons butter, plus more for buttering ramekins
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa nibs


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and butter 4 6-ounce ramekins or custard cups.
  2. Place the chocolate and 4 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat until melted. Remove from the heat and stir until smooth; set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Beat the sugars, eggs, vanilla and salt in an electric mixer until pale and thickened. Add the flour and stir until just combined. Stir in half the chocolate mixture; once it’s blended add the remaining chocolate and stir until smooth.
  4. Spoon the batter evenly into the ramekins; sprinkle some nibs over each. Place the ramekins in a shallow baking dish or on a sheet pan. Bake about 15 minutes, or until the cakes are puffed on top and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out coated with moist batter.
  5. Serve warm.


  1. Add a big dollop of vanilla ice cream and I am there! Yummmmmmmm!!!!!

  2. Wow! I love this dessert. It’s a cross between a brownie and molton lava cake. It was so simple and quick to make. I love warm desserts! The cake was luscious, rich, and decadent. Thanks so much for this awesome cake recipe. I definitely will be making this again!

  3. Wow! if the pictures alone are anything to go by this is sure to be good.

  4. oh my goodness … yes, yes, yes! Those look and sound like little ramekins of chocolate heaven!

  5. so i totally just halved the recipe and microwaved it for 15 minutes checking every 20-30 seconds and ohmygod stupidly delicious.


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