Sticky chocolate pudding with marshmallows

Sticky chocolate pudding with marshmallows

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Prep: 35 mins Cook: 50 mins Plus overnight chilling if you like


Serves 10
This chocolate and marshmallow feast is an Australian favourite - and it's easy to see why. It even makes its own sauce!

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal583
  • fat18g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs104g
  • sugars71g
  • fibre2g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.95g
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  • 140g butter, melted, plus extra for the dish



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 375g self-raising flour
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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  • 6 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 350ml milk



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  • 3 eggs, beaten



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  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • single cream or vanilla ice cream, to serve



    The sun-dried seed pod of a type of climbing orchid, vanilla has an inimitable soft, sweet…

For the topping

  • 450g light muscovado sugar
  • 7 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 large handfuls marshmallows


  1. Butter a large baking dish (about 2-3 litres in size). Sift the flour, ½ tsp salt, caster sugar, baking powder and 6 tbsp cocoa powder into a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, melted butter, eggs and vanilla. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together, then pour into the baking dish. This can be covered with cling film and chilled for up to 24 hrs.

  2. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and boil the kettle. Take the pudding out of the fridge and uncover, if necessary. Sprinkle the muscovado sugar and cocoa evenly over the pudding, then pour 700ml boiling water over the top.

  3. Bake for 35-45 mins until the pudding is puffy and firm in the centre. Scatter over the marshmallows and return to the oven for 30-second intervals until they are just melting. Serve straight away – it will be hot – with cream or ice cream

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Comments (54)

jezzzg's picture

Has anyone tried halving this recipe? There are only three people in my family, so a dish for ten will be far too big! If anyone has, could you please tell me how this affects cooking time? I was thinking of dividing it by three, but the same theory would apply. Thanks, it sounds yummy!

emmaleg's picture

I tried this as I had all the ignreidents (except for the marshmallows which I didn't bother with). Very easy prepare ahead recipe. I did a third of the recipe and it was enough for three fairly large portions. I didn't use as much of the topping as the recipe stated as it just looked like an insane amount of sugar - I used about two thirds as much as I should have done and about 50 mls less water but it still made a lovely sauce. It wasn't quite 'chocolately' enough though - next time I will add some chocolate chips and I like the idea of adding orange zest too.

raych_e's picture

ive never really made cakes before and being a mallows lover i thought id try this, it was so so easy, and i was so amazed even me (a none cooker) could make somethig so yummie! it went in a flash.

i did feel very odd pouring water all over my cake, but that what it said.....and WOW.


juliewhite23's picture

Great store cupboard recipe for a large crowd. I don't use the marshmallows as my family doesnt like melted ones. Sauce could do with being a bit thicker. Very rich dessert

scubadeb's picture

This dish went down an absolute storm with my children (ages, 25, 24, 22, 20). I followed the recipe exactly and was very concerned when I poured the boiling water on the top. I thought no way is this going to work. To my absolute amazement 45 minutes later, it had transformed into this lovely pudding. I served it with plain vanilla icecream and it was absolutely delicious. I didnt put the marshmallows on like others have said as I dont think it needs it. I am going to do this again on Christmas day for those who dont like Christmas Pudding. I like others hadnt realised the receipe was for 10 people and I had a lot left over. Will probably reduce by half next time. Dont hesitate to give this a try. You wont be disappointed.

saz14f's picture

Don't usually comment but was so disappointed with this, which had seemed so promising.
Tasted of flour & cocoa powder, and the "muddy pond" effect was rather off-putting.
What a waste ! Binned it.

greatfood4us's picture

Made this today, absolutely lovely but still cleaning out the bottom of the oven. I used a 3ltr dish and it still came over the sides. Will definately make it again though.

09twinklestar's picture

This type of self-saucing puds is my family's favourite and I usually use an ancient recipe from a 1960s The Times cookbook or the Nigella version with chilli in. However, my kids saw this and wanted me to do this instead. It makes a gigantic pudding (use a 3l dish) but it was really sweet and the marshmallows added nothing except extra sugar. Mine just puffed up on the top and didn't melt so it looked a bit bizzare when it came out of the oven. Bit disappointing.

pmaskell's picture

I, along with others, was fairly sceptical about the amount of sugar on top and quantity of boiling water. However, I followed the recipe and the result was fabulous. Fed a crowd after the bonfire and fireworks. Will absolutely do again. My little girl would like sparklers next time though, just like in the picture.

amybelle123's picture

Really disappointed with this! I thought it was disgusting! I don't know what I did wrong, I followed the recipe to the letter and the result was a soggy\burnt\watery\hard mess in a dish! My guests were too polite and said that it was 'interesting'!!

brikat98's picture

It is the same method for any self-saucing pudding recipe. The spongy part is the bottom mixture which cooks and somehow floats to the top while the water mixes with the other ingredients to make a sauce underneath. Never had one fail yet!

amylaws's picture

Query. Not tried this one yet, but adding to my binder for a later date. What's the purpose of the water? Does it added to the mixture in the dish? I just don't get it. :-)


jenniferatkinson's picture

Made this for last year's bonfire night. It was big and messy but got eaten up with many people coming back for seconds.

d41d0y's picture

Wow. Lovely, but small portion recommended!

andrenegawley's picture

Yummy yummy yummy. Everyone enjoyed this and the marshmallows made a great addition

beckak's picture

Can't wait to try this recipe out - it looks absolutely delicious!!!

claraclutt's picture

Fab pudding.really easy to make.was a bit worried about the boiling water over the top and the amount of sugar and re checked online + read the other comments just before guests were about to need to worry though turned out great.Took about 50 mins to cook.wouldn't bother with the marshmallows next time, dont think they added anything extra.left overs great zapped in the microwave.definitely make again.

lilimohiddin's picture

was ok - lacked depth of flavour so would add orange zest and dark chocolate to it if i made it again

yesrej's picture

Made this for dessert on New Year's Day and it was loved by everyone. I was working from the magazine and did check online that the amount of sugar to go on top was correct as it seemed such a huge amount - but followed the recipe and it was gorgeous. I love the fact that you can make it up to the end of step 1 & refrigerate then bake it whilst you're eating main course. Guests have asked for the recipe!

hazelpalmer's picture

this pudding was great! can it be made as individual puds?


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