Most children get enticed into food preparation through eating tasty snacks and desserts. In our home, learning how to bake and cook meals is mandatory learning for both my boys, but I have one son who is much more keen to create in the kitchen. This is one he (and sometimes his brother) quickly whips up without any help from me. I have been making variations of this recipe for years because it is quick, easy to change up, and is a wonderful warm dessert.
The sugar amounts are my usual reduced sugar measurements. I reduce the sugar amount by half or more in almost every recipe I make while still maintaining a satisfying sweetness. If your family likes a stronger sweet touch—and used to the sugar amounts in most recipes—then you’ll want to increase the amount of sugar.
As I mentioned, we use slightly different ingredients to change it up a little. We use different flours, different sugars and will also omit the cocoa for a Self-Sauced Caramel Pudding. You can also experiment with different extracts and add raisins or other dried fruit in with the batter.
Self-Sauced Chocolate Pudding Cake
- 1 cup flour (We’ve used all-purpose, whole wheat, and spelt with yummy results.)
- 2 tbsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup sugar (Brown sugar can be good for taste.)
- 2-2½ cups boiling water
- 2 tbsp. butter
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp. cocoa
Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Mix in the milk. Spread into a greased casserole/baking dish with at least a 6 cup capacity. (This will boil up and over if the dish is too small.)
Stir together boiling water, sugar, butter, vanilla, and cocoa. Pour sauce over batter.
Bake at 350°F for 30-35 minutes.
Stephanie Morrison has been building businesses, mostly from home, for over 10 years, motivated by her strong determination that her two youngest boys would be educated at home. Pursuing her calling to help parents enjoy the responsibility of educating their children, she works in the marketing department of The Old Schoolhouse® and coaches and trains entrepreneurs to start and grow their business from home. She and her family are perfectly placed in the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada. She loves being a homebody and building up her permaculture property. Learn more about Steph at www.creatingworkandplay.com.