Steamed Chocolate Pudding, Chocolate and Baileys Sauce

If you don't want people inviting themselves over to dinner too often, this isn't the recipe to try...


  • for the pudding:
  • 225 g butter (softened)
  • 225 g caster sugar
  • 225 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 150 g dark chocolate (melted or 2 heaped dessertspoons cocoa powder)
  • for the chocolate sauce:
  • 200 ml pouring cream
  • 110 g dark chocolate (chopped)
  • 1 measure of baileys (optional)


  1. To make the Cake:
  2. Grease 6 individual pudding basins.
  3. Preheat oven to 180°C (375°F/Gas 4).
  4. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. This should take 5-6 minutes. Add in the eggs and mix completely.
  5. Sieve the plain flour with the baking powder (you could use self-raising flour instead of these two ingredients if you would prefer).
  6. Add the flour into the mixing bowl with the butter and eggs and mix until completely smooth.
  7. Meanwhile either in the microwave or over a saucepan of boiling water melt the chocolate and add to the sponge mixture.
  8. Pour into prepared pudding basins and sit them in a large roasting tray half filled with water.
  9. Cover the entire tray with a sheet of baking parchment and a sheet of tin foil and bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  10. When baked invert onto a serving platter.
  11. The Sauce:
  12. Put the cream into a small saucepan and bring to a rapid boil. Pour the boiled cream onto the chopped chocolate and mix well. Whisk in the baileys if desired. This is now ready to use.
  13. Pour the indulgent chocolate sauce over the puddings and serve this to your excited guests.


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