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Surprise Inside Baked Chocolate Pudding

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Shhhhh!  The surprise inside is caramel! These fudgy baked puddings are decadent to be sure, but it won’t stop you from licking the bowl clean. Go ahead, indulge!

two ramekins of baked chocolate pudding with a spoon cracked through the shell of one to show the molten chocolate inside

Mmmmmmm!  Love is in the air and you know what that means?  Chocolate, of course!  Some may want fancy dinners, others may want flowers, but you can get me with chocolate every time.

And you know what?  This is perfect if you are going it alone this Valentine’s Day and want to treat yourself to a little something decadent too.

Because a little chocolate is good for your soul, no matter what!  As a matter a fact a quiet house to myself, wearing something nice and comfy while cozying up to one of these warm and gooey delights sounds like a pretty darn good evening.  But, I digress.

Bowl filled with chocolate pudding mixture next to ramekins with caramel bits in them.

I am really not sure why we associate chocolate with love.  I wouldn’t be surprised if there is some historical significance and if you know it, please share.

What I do know is that I love chocolate. If you show up with something as chocolaty and delicious as one of these baked puddings, you are going to have my heart.

At least for a while.  Once the chocolate is gone, I may have to reconsider.  I guess I am just fickle like that.

two ramekins of surprise inside baked chocolate pudding dusted with powdered sugar with spoons and heart napkin nearby.

Now let me sell you on the beauty of these little gems.  They come together quickly with a few turns of a whisk in a mixing bowl.

Then the slowly come together in a water bath in the oven.  As you crack through the thin crust that forms on top your spoon sinks into a sumptuous dark gooey chocolate of the best kind.

Just when you think you have found yourself in a little bit of heaven, you discover that there are bits of caramel scattered here and there to round out the rich flavors and add just a bit of sticky chew.  Mysteriously your spoon will keep going back for more until there is nothing left to scrape of the dish.

A think a few pecan pieces scattered on the bottom would be a tasty addition too, if you are in to that sort of thing.  My valentine would never go for such a thing though.

Adding a nut to his dessert is a sure way to get him to stop and one bite and ruin his night.  Unless they are almonds ground up beyond recognition and rolled into a rum ball, that’s a different story.

But just to be safe, he doesn’t know they’re in there either.

Please don’t tell him.  He likes it in his bubble and there is no need to pop it!

ramekin of baked chocolate pudding with crackled top ready to be eaten.

So make you and those you love a delicious dinner for Valentine’s Day, but be sure to leave room for a little dessert.  Each bite is sure to draw you deeper in love.

More great chocolate ideas for Valentine’s Day

If you are baking for a crowd this Valentine’s Day, you may find that a chocolate cherry fudge bundt cake is the way to go.  It comes together easily, is loaded with chocolate goodness and is studded with cherries to really give that Valentine’s look. 

Slow cooker chocolate cake is now one of my favorite desserts because it’s so easy to make. It takes about five minutes to get the ingredients into the slow cooker and cooking.

Yield: 4 Servings

Surprise Inside Baked Chocolate Pudding

ramekins of baked chocolate pudding with rich gooey fudge centers.

These fudgy baked puddings are decadent to be sure, but it won’t stop you from licking the bowl clean. Go ahead, indulge!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 8 Tablespoons caramel bits
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F and fill a 9×13 pan with about an inch of water for a water bath.
  2. Grease 4 large ramekins and scatter 2 tablespoons of caramel bits in each.
  3. In a large bowl, beat eggs until light. Stir in sugar, cocoa, flour, melted butter and coffee granules. Mix until well incorporated.
  4. Spoon into prepared ramekins and gently place the ramekins in the water bath.
  5. Bake for 50 minutes to an hour. The top should have a nice crust and the inside should be loosely set but still gooey.
  6. Serve warm with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of freshly whipped cream.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 591Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 201mgSodium: 376mgCarbohydrates: 83gFiber: 1gSugar: 74gProtein: 7g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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These fudgy baked puddings are decadent to be sure, but it won’t stop you from licking the bowl clean. Go ahead, indulge!

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Wednesday 15th of February 2017

Thank you!

Ping's Nom Fiction Life

Monday 13th of February 2017

How timely is this yummy treat! Hopefully I can find the caramel bits here so I can make this real soon. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Have a fabulous week. Hopping over from Cooking and Crafting with J & J. Cheers, Ping


Tuesday 14th of February 2017

Thank you, Ping! I hope you can find them. If not, a few chopped up caramels would do the trick!


Sunday 12th of February 2017

This would make a delightful treat. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday. Pinned.


Tuesday 14th of February 2017

It really is decadent and delicious, thank you so much!


Saturday 11th of February 2017

Pinned!! YUM! This sounds amazing!

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Sunday 12th of February 2017

Thanks, Jess!

Emily @ Two Purple Couches

Friday 10th of February 2017

Oooh, these look amazing! You can't go wrong with anything chocolate, and I love the extra bit of caramel you threw in for good measure ;) Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday this week!


Sunday 12th of February 2017

It seemed like a bit of caramel couldn't hurt anything ;-) In fact, I could go for another right now! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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