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)


  • To make the Cake:
  • Grease 6 individual pudding basins.
  • Preheat oven to 180°C (375°F/Gas 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.
  • Sieve the plain flour with the baking powder (you could use self-raising flour instead of these two ingredients if you would prefer).
  • Add the flour into the mixing bowl with the butter and eggs and mix until completely smooth.
  • Meanwhile either in the microwave or over a saucepan of boiling water melt the chocolate and add to the sponge mixture.
  • Pour into prepared pudding basins and sit them in a large roasting tray half filled with water.
  • 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.
  • When baked invert onto a serving platter.
  • The Sauce:
  • 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.
  • Pour the indulgent chocolate sauce over the puddings and serve this to your excited guests.

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