Chocolate coconut pudding cake

Chocolate Coconut Pudding Cake

Chocolate coconut pudding cake
I have a really great feeling about this week.

It’s a fresh start, in a way. I’ve bid farewell to the restaurant and am beginning a new job that more closely aligns with my education and training. It’s a job I believe in, that I’m excited about, and it’s going to be a wonderful fit with my schedule.

For a while now, I’ve had this feeling deep within me that was signaling a need for change. Positive change. I need and want to start taking better care of myself, and this new job is one very right step in that direction.

To keep me organized with my new schedule, I bought a new agenda (again). It’s huge and full of lines for writing anything and everything. Unlike some other contenders I was flipping through at the store, this one doesn’t block off half a page for a meaningless stock photo. Why do agenda designers do that, anyways? Don’t they know people who use big giant agendas need to write down their every step? 😉
Chocolate coconut pudding cake
When I think about my new agenda and my new job, I breathe a giant sigh of relief. My brain feels like it’s navigating away from the cloud full of scribbles and lines and dots and disarray, and towards a beautifully organized shelf with colour coded boxes, neatly fitting into their homes like a freshly opened box of sugar cubes.

If you’re a perfectionist, those last two sentences will make total sense to you. If not, I probably sound strange, but I’m totally okay with that.

I think I’m finally getting the hang of this whole “being an adult” thing. I’ll still leave dirty dishes in the sink a little longer than I should, but in the grand scheme of things, I think it’s much more important to take care of myself, mentally and physically, than it is to get the dishes done on time every night. Wouldn’t you agree?
Chocolate coconut pudding cake

The Recipe:

If you’ve never had a pudding cake, you’re in for a treat. It is exactly as it sounds–a hybrid between cake + pudding, with each bite flipping back and forth between the two and blurring the lines of the cake/pudding binary. It’s undercooked on purpose, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds: the soft, moist cloud that is a chocolate cake, and the warm, rich velvet that is chocolate pudding.

The addition of coconut adds some depth to the flavours, but the coconut flavour is quite subtle, as the strongest taste to each bite is rich chocolate. Definitely serve this over some cool vanilla ice cream for the ultimate dessert. 🙂

Tools used in this recipe (affiliate link):

Breville Ikon Cordless 1.7 Litre Kettle: I actually have the version of this kettle that has a cord, but it’s not sold anymore. This one is way cooler! As someone who doesn’t have much kitchen space, I’m constantly annoyed by all the cords. It’s also relatively quiet.

Chocolate Coconut Pudding Cake
Author: My Dish is Bomb
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Serves: serves 6-8
  • [i]Cake[/i]
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup dried shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • [i]Topping[/i]
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/4 cup hot water
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt, and coconut. Add the milk, melted butter, and vanilla, and stir to combine. Pour into an ungreased 9-inch square baking pan and smooth over the top with a spatula.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, stir together the dry topping ingredients (sugar, brown sugar, and cocoa). Turn on a kettle or heat the water in a small saucepan to just before boiling. Sprinkle the dry topping ingredients over the batter in the pan, and pour the hot water on top of the topping. Do not stir!
  3. Place the cake in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until the top has almost set. Remove from the oven and let stand for 15 minutes before serving. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Recipe adapted from the food network

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Katy MacKinnon

Katy MacKinnon is a food photographer and recipe developer, and Food Fight! co-host.

33 thoughts on “Chocolate Coconut Pudding Cake”

  1. Congrats on the new job, Katy! I hope it brings you much happiness, my dear! I’m all for a life of color coded boxes rather than disarray. I have never had pudding cake before – where in the world has THIS deliciousness been my whole life?! The gooey factor going on here totally has me drooling! Plus coconut and chocolate is a fabulous combination! This looks amazing! Cheers, my dear – to a shiny new beginning… and a few dirty dishes in the sink! <3

  2. Aaw yay, congrats on the new job, Katy! So happy it fits your schedule better too! This cake is the perfect way to celebrate! I love the coconut and chocolate combo! It would totally make me forget about the dishes in the sink too (something this organizaton freak needs to work on haha)

  3. Congratulations, Katy! So happy you’ve made a move that aligns with your education and training. That’s a very big win! Now about this pudding cake…I basically don’t have words. Which really doesn’t help as I am writing in a comment box. All I can say is – I have everything I need and I am going to make it. STAT!!!!! And about those dishes….they’ll be waiting for you – no worries…. 🙂

  4. Congrats on the new job, Katy! I hope it is everything you hope for. Taking care of yourself is the most important thing – you are so right. I love trying to organise and colour code my life into a planner – the toruble I have is sticking to it. haha im useless. Also I am having serious chocolat withdrawals right now and this is such a tease! I waaaaant it.

  5. Congratulations on your new job Katy! I just found your blog and am so glad I did!
    I’ve never made eaten a pudding cake before but it sounds so so good… Those pictures of yours have me drooling! 🙂

  6. I don’t know what it is about this new year but I have also been seeking change in so many ways and have found myself becoming such a perfectionist in achieving that goal! I’ve just been on a de-cluttering binge these past few weeks going on regular trips to goodwill and such! I love the sound of your new agenda! BUT back to this cake, I mean this is just so decadent and your dark photography is gorgeous as always!

    1. Oh my gosh I know exactly what you mean about a decluttering binge! I find it’s so much easier to be organized when there is an absence of clutter around me. Thanks so much for the compliments!

  7. Yay for the new job! Having had more than one super stressful jobs in my life, I can say that leaving that behind is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Anything that brings a little stress relief is a good thing! I totally understand the comfort that a good planner can bring too 🙂 And this pudding cake is amazing! I actually really prefer a moist, fudgy cake, so this is perfect. Love it! Pinning!

  8. Hey Katie! This looks amazing and I am aching to try it. One question though: do you really just pour near boiling water on top of the batter + topping and stick it in the oven? How odd!

    Thanks 🙂

  9. I would rather leave the dishes in the sink to give me more relaxation time, but i do hate when they are still sitting there when you’re on your way to bed hehe. This glorious cake looks so divine i think i would have the dishes done and then reward myself with THIS! x

    1. I know exactly what you mean – I love waking up to a clean kitchen!! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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