Mocha self-saucing pudding

Bring the flavour of a coffee specialty to this cake-like pudding. Adding Kahlua to enliven the sauce further and serving with berries and cream makes for a truly decadent dessert.

  • 1 hr preparation
  • 1 hr cooking
  • Serves 6
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Mocha self-saucing pudding
  • 60 gram butter
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 3/4 cup (165g) caster sugar
  • 1 cup (150g) self-raising flour
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup (165g) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, extra
  • 1 3/4 cup (435ml) boiling water
  • 50 millilitre kahlua coffee liqueur, optional
  • cream and fresh berries, to serve


Mocha self-saucing pudding
  • 1
    Preheat the oven 180°C ( 160°C fan-forced). Grease a 1.5-litre (6-cup) ovenproof dish.
  • 2
    Melt butter with milk in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat; stir in extract, coffee, caster sugar, then sifted flour and cocoa. Spread the pudding mixture into prepared dish.
  • 3
    Sift brown sugar and extra cocoa over the pudding mixture. Combine boiling water and kahlua in a small jug. Pour slowly over the back of a spoon onto the pudding mixture.
  • 4
    Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the surface of pudding is firm. Stand for 2 minutes before serving.
  • 5
    Serve with cream and fresh berries.


Not suitable to freeze or microwave. Self-saucing puddings are a little bit of kitchen magic. The quite thick and heavy batter becomes the cakey part, while the added boiling water helps form a delicious sauce. During the baking, the water gradually works its way through the batter, taking most of the sugar with it. This softens the batter and gradually forces it upwards, until it ends up floating on a bed of sauce. Stand these puddings for a minute or two before serving, to let them settle, and for some of the heat to subside. The cake will keep soaking up the sauce, so serve it quickly.

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