Serve this dense, fudgy pudding cake with vanilla frozen yogurt.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 1991


Recipe Summary

1 hr


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat an 8-by-8-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  • Stir together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Combine milk, egg, oil and vanilla in a glass measuring cup. Make a well in center of the dry ingredients and gradually pour in the milk mixture, stirring until combined. Stir in pecans. Spoon into the prepared pan and spread evenly.

  • Dissolve brown sugar in coffee; spoon over batter. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes; serve hot or warm.


Tip: To toast pecan halves: Spread nuts on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F, stirring once, until fragrant, 7 to 9 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

143 calories; protein 2.4g; carbohydrates 24.1g; dietary fiber 1.1g; sugars 15.2g; fat 4.6g; saturated fat 0.6g; cholesterol 15.7mg; vitamin a iu 25.2IU; folate 4.1mcg; calcium 44.6mg; iron 0.9mg; magnesium 16.8mg; potassium 93.3mg; sodium 202.5mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 14g.

Reviews (14)

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14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
I added about 1/4 cup (didn't measure actually) semi-sweet chocolate chips. The flavor was very nice and chocolatey. I also reduced the brown sugar to 1/2 cup. The cake ended up floating on a very soupy layer. I don't know if the smaller amount of brown sugar was the cause but next time I will use less coffee--maybe a scant cup--along with the lower amount of brown sugar. All-in-all great flavor even with less sugar but still needs some tweaking to get a thicker sauce. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I've made this recipe for YEARS! I figured it was time to review. This is a treat for coffee lovers and it's so simple to make. Basically takes one bowl. I think it's really low calorie for what it tastes like. This is best eaten warm with a small amount of vanilla ice cream (or coconut ice-cream frozen yogurt) and a few slices of strawberries. The berries really are delicious with the coffee sauce. This isn't the most decadent or chocolate-y of desserts. But it's one of those that I always end up making a few times a year especially for Valentines Day. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I will definitely make this again. I made a change though - I used 1/2 cup of coffee instead of 1 and 1/3 cup. Just seemed like that would be too much and I didn't want it to be super soupy. It turned out amazing. The bottoms are still fudgy and the top is cakey. I highly recommend this recipe. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Calories/fat The thing about this is if you cut an 8x8 pan into 12 portions you are only getting a tiny portion. I'm sure if you can only eat a mouthful of something then you can make any dessert. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
according to the serving size its not low cal. may as well make a normal cake. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
if i dont make this in triple batches i am very unpopular. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I was thinking the same thing as well...but actually if it makes 12 servings then cut it into 12 equal pieces and that would be one serving. I have not tried them but they sound good. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Soupy brownie This looked good but came out awful. A bland brownie sitting in a pool of coffee. Read More
Rating: 4 stars