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Chocolate Cobbler has a warm, fudgy pudding covered with a moist chocolate cake.  It’s like a chocolate lava cake, but wayyyy easier and just as delicious. Top it with a scoop of ice cream, and good luck putting that spoon down! 😉

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Chocolate Cobbler in a small bowl with vanilla ice cream on top.

A couple of my siblings told me lately that they “couldn’t believe” I hadn’t added this family favorite to the blog yet. It’s a recipe I’ve been meaning to add for awhile now and let me tell you, it’s worth the wait!!!

Growing up, my siblings and I requested this dessert probably more than any other. Luckily, it’s super easy to throw together and bakes up quickly.

As I’ve mentioned before, I grew up on a pig, corn and soybean farm. We all helped out – my dad, mom, and all of us siblings. Okay now, I’ll admit that my brothers helped out quite a bit more than my sister and I, but we did help nonetheless.

Chocolate Cobbler in a small bowl with vanilla ice cream on top.

Today, my brothers and dad run the farm, Mom does the paperwork (and lots of the field work), and my sister and I…..well I guess you could say we’re moral support 😉

But no matter how busy life on the farm was, Mom would always make time to keep our bellies full. Especially in the summer when the four of us kids were home, we’d come inside for lunch with a big appetite.

She’d typically have some sort of meat (meatloaf is my fav!), a potato dish, some sort of veggie, and dessert. If Mom was in a hurry to get a meal on the table, this Chocolate Cobbler from one of the old cookbooks was a go-to dessert! Long story short, if you want an easy recipe with simple ingredients that’s sure to get your chocolate fix!

Chocolate Cobbler in a small bowl with vanilla ice cream on top and a scoop of cobbler on a spoon.

Cobbler for Chocolate Lovers

I’ve heard this dessert be called many different things over the years. My mom always called it Baked Chocolate Pudding. A former boss of mine called it boiled water cake. I’ve heard chocolate pudding cake, molten chocolate cake, molten lava cake and everything in between! But no matter what you call it, you’ll love a change from your typical fruit cobblers!

Ingredients needed to make chocolate cobbler on a countertop.

Ingredients Needed

  • All Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Vanilla
  • Walnuts or Pecans, Optional
  • Brown Sugar
  • Boiling or Very Hot Water

How do you make Chocolate Cobbler?

For real, this is a super easy chocolate cobbler recipe. There are just a couple important steps that you’ll want to pay close attention to…

Chocolate cake batter in a baking dish.

First, you’ll make a simple batter and spread it into the bottom of the baking dish. Or better yet, simply use the baking dish as a bowl to mix the ingredients – I’m all about fewer dishes to clean! 🙂

Dry ingredients for the chocolate cobbler topping.

Then in a separate bowl, you’ll combine the dry ingredients for the “topping” and sprinkle it over the cake batter.

Lastly, you’ll pour a cup of boiling water over the top and put it right in the oven. It’s super important that you DO NOT stir after pouring the water on top. I know, it seems odd, but it works.

Boiling water being poured into the chocolate cobbler dish.

While the cobbler bakes, the cake batter will cook and rise to the top and a fudgy chocolate sauce will form underneath. It’s. So. Good!

How do you know when the cobbler is done?

Once the chocolate cobbler has been in the oven for about 25 minutes, I like to take a fork and see if the center of the cake is done.

If it’s done on the outsides and still looks like batter in the middle, it needs more time. Once the cake is done on top (no longer looks or feels like batter in the center), the next part is up to you…

Want a lot of sauce on the bottom (which I highly recommend)? Then, your chocolate cobbler is ready to eat! If you want a little less fudgy sauce, let it cook a little longer as more water will evaporate and there will be less sauce.

This Chocolate Cobbler is absolutely incredible as-is, but adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream is the best way to enjoy it! The ice cream will melt into the hot fudge sauce and turn into a chocolatey, creamy, delicious mess!

Chocolate Cobbler on a plate with vanilla ice cream on top.

How to Store Leftover Chocolate Cobbler

I always think that chocolate cobbler is best fresh out of the oven. The texture and chocolate flavor is just so perfect when it’s fresh! However, if you don’t eat the entire thing in one sitting, you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge.

When you want to satisfy your next chocolate craving, pop it in the microwave, heat it up and top with a scoop of ice cream!

Spoonful of Chocolate Cobbler.

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4.81 from 36 votes

Chocolate Cobbler

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
This quick dessert has a warm, fudgy pudding covered with a moist chocolate cake.  Add a scoop of ice cream and you’re set!!


  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts optional


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 cup water boiling


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and cocoa.  Then stir in the melted butter, milk and vanilla.  
  • Spread the mixture into a greased 1.5 qt casserole dish (or square pan).  Set aside.
  • In another bowl, combine the dry topping ingredients (sugar, brown sugar, salt and cocoa).  Sprinkle on top of the batter; do not stir.
  • Pour the boiling water on top; do not stir.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, or until the top of the cake is almost set.  The cake will rise to the top and a pudding will form on the bottom.
  • Serve warm with ice cream.


Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 5.8g | Fat: 10.9g | Saturated Fat: 3.2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 333mg | Potassium: 331mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 42g | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 2mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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  1. G,McChris says:

    2 stars
    NOT A FAN!. If I had little kids I may have given it a higher mark. It just didnt blow us away and I just threw the rest of the recipe I made away.. Consistency was a bit strange, gooey bottom, left me blah. Made it last weekend for a pizza movie night with neighbors up the street. Each of us age a bowl of cobbler with Handels’ Vanilla ice cream..all I can say is the Ice cream made it better than it really was.. wont add it to my recipe book.. Sorry. wanted to like it,

  2. 5 stars
    Yummy, and I love the thick chocolate sauce that it creates while baking. In my opinion, it is definitely better the second day after the flavors have had a chance to blend well with each other. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Tried this and it is GREAT!!!! Everyone should make this if you love chocolate. So easy and quick.

  4. Chelsea Holmes says:

    Should the first layer be super thick? I just made it tonight for the first time, it’s in the oven as we speak. I’m just concerned bc the first mixture came out very thick. Wondering how it’s going to bake.

  5. Heather Durbin says:

    5 stars
    Sooooo delicious! Esp with some vanilla ice cream

  6. 2 stars
    Although it has the color of chocolate, the flavor was weak. Would be good for those who don’t like a rich flavor. I was hoping for a rich, lava cake flavor. May try the recipe again with more cocoa powder and perhaps chocolate chips.

    1. I used a similar recipe recently but it called for 2 tbs cocoa in the batter and 4 more in the topping. It was super chocolatey!

    2. Susan Thomas says:

      Try putting espresso in with the cocoa powder. It enhances the chocolate flavor.

      1. Yes! I’ve also used boiling coffee rather than boiling water! So good! 🙂

  7. Abby R Gaulke says:

    My Family loves this I have made it 5 times.

  8. 5 stars
    Delicious! A lot like the lava cake at many restaurants.

  9. 5 stars
    Amazing! I used to make this years ago, but the addition of brown sugar and nuts definitely stepped it up a notch!

  10. 4 stars
    I made this recipe for the first time over a month ago.
    Followed the recipe, but I added semi-sweet chips and pecans and topped with ice cream and caramel sauce.
    I found the chocolate flavor very mild. I LOVE chocolate(hence the chococalte chips!) My hubby and son liked it though.
    So, I decided to play around with it…..swapped unsweetened cocoa for dark cocoa. Still added chocolate chips and pecans.
    The dark cocoa made it much richer yet not bitter. There’s plenty of sugar to balance it out.
    This dessert has become a new staple in our house!
    It’s like cake with a built in thick chocolate sauce.
    Thank you for sharing!!!

  11. Can you double this recipe and use a 9×13 pan?

  12. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! Didn’t have any white sugar so made it with all brown sugar and it still turned out fine.

  13. Lisa Beemon says:

    5 stars
    Delicious!. Will be making it again.

  14. 5 stars
    Loved it! Added dark chocolate with sea salt in it and it was over the top delicious.

  15. 5 stars
    I never leave reviews on recipies usually. This was great! I was honestly expecting it to be pretty bad but was willing to take the risk. I used my King Arthur gf flour and mine was real thick so I added extra milk and was still thick but not as bad , did the sauce. It felt wrong but oh my goodness it came out so wonderful. However I will be playing with this recipie because it seemed too liquidy so I think I will try less water next time. I want to add chocolate chips next time for more chocolate. The nuts are such a must for a wonderful texture and more flavor! I WILL be KEEPING this recipie in my back pocket. A super moist cake is my type of dessert. Also I added extra cocoa powder cuz I love chocolate and I reccomened you do too if you love chocolate cuz the recipie doesn’t have enough imo. I used all brown sugar, wonderful. Thank you for this recipie oh and no eggs!! Yayyy!

  16. Penny Rine says:

    5 stars
    I made this Saturday and it’s a big hit with my family. We loved it. It’s a very easy dessert. I will be making this again soon. Thanks for sharing 🥰

    1. So happy to hear! Thanks for sharing, Penny! ~Kelsey