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Are you looking for a recipe to make an absolutely delicious chocolate pudding cake? Then you are at the right place. This chocolate pudding is super creamy, easy to make and absolutely delicious. It also happens to be 100% vegan and gluten-free.
If you love chocolate pudding you should definitely check out this chocolate tofu pudding recipe. It's delish and protein packed!
Back to our chocolate pudding cake, serve it with a scoop of coconut whipped cream and a cup of hot coffee and you'll have a delicious dessert to treat yourself with.
Before you jump to the recipe, I suggest you read this blog-post carefully. The recipe is easy to make but there are some tricks to keep in mind.
You will need the following ingredients to make this chocolate pudding cake:
- coconut milk
- brown sugar
- cocoa powder
- dark chocolate
- agar agar powder (not flakes!)
See recipe card for quantities.
In case you need to substitute ingredients here you will see what can be substituted and how:
- Coconut milk - instead of coconut milk, you can use any plant-based milk of your choice. In this case use ⅓ more of agar agar.
- Brown sugar - use the same amount of maple syrup instead of brown sugar to make this pudding refined sugar free.
- Agar agar - the agar agar cannot be replaced since there is no other plant-based gelatine replacement other than this one.
Any ingredient not mentioned above cannot be substituted.
This recipe is super easy to make and requires almost no special equipment.
To make this recipe all you'll need is a pan and a pudding mold.
I used a cylindrical form with a capacity of about 1,000 ml (4 cups). In case you do not have a cylindrical form you can of course use whatever form you have on hand.
In the picture below I used a different mold and the result was great.
You can also divide the pudding into smaller cups creating mono-portions.
Here you have a brief explanation on how to make the chocolate pudding cake.
Step 1: Heat coconut milk in a large saucepan.
Step 2: Add in sugar, water, cocoa powder, agar agar and salt.
Step 3: Stir in chocolate and bring to a boil.
Step 4: Pour the mixture into a pudding form and allow to chill. Set in the fridge overnight once cool.
Once the pudding has set, we can remove it from the mold, top it with more cocoa powder or melted dark chocolate and serve it straight away with a scoop of coconut whipped cream.
Hint: Remember to mix the agar agar with little water before adding it to the mixture. Otherwise it won't combine properly.
How to store
You can store the chocolate pudding cake in the fridge for about 3-4 days.
Place it in an airtight container and serve it within 3-4 days.
I do not suggest to freeze the pudding since this will completely change the texture.
Make ahead option
The pudding can be made 1-2 days in advance and removed from the mold once you want to serve it.
If you want to pair it with coconut whipped cream I suggest you make the cream just before serving it.
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- Italian Custart Tart (Torta della Nonna)
- Super Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake
- Extra Fudgy Vegan Butter Beans Brownies
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Chocolate Pudding Cake (Vegan)
- hand mixer
- 200 ml coconut milk ((⅘ cup)
- 250 ml water ((1 cup))
- 70 g brown sugar ((2½ oz))
- 1 pinch of salt
- 45 g cacao powder
- *120 g dark chocolate ((3½ oz))
- **1 tsp agar agar powder
- Place milk, water, sugar and salt in a saucepan and heat over medium heat.
- In a bowl, whisk cacao powder with 4 tbsp of water until lumps free then add into the milk mixture and stir.
- Add in the chocolate and stir until dissolved.
- Place agar agar in a glas, add in 1 tbsp of water, stir and pour into the chocolate mixture.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer for 1-2 minutes.
- Pour the mixture into a mold, let it cool completely before placing in the fridge. Allow it to rest in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving.
Quick and simple! I added a TBSP of maple syrup and a tsp of instant coffee . I think maple syrup goes well with cacao and coconut milk. And mocha is always a win.. Made six small (but decadent) ramekins of pudding.
Looking forward to my school lunches!
I'm rating this recipe purely on looks, sorry. I just ordered the cacao powder as I only have sweet and unsweet nibs. I have so much agar agar which I am seeing here is an issue to find. I live in MN and I can get it at any Asian store for under $2. You can even get some at Walmart.com with free shipping for plus members - get a trial. Anywho... I'm sure I will love this and I can't wait to make it.
thank you for this recipe!!
added some lemon zest and was SUPERBBBBB
I’m in the southern US and believe me when I say it’s hard to find things like agar agar, mochiko, and “specialty” products. I recommend popping into an Asian market or a market that has a customer base that is vegetarian/vegan based on religious beliefs. They always have exactly what I need and it’s a fun bonus to walk around the store and see what you can discover and to try something new! I hope this helps!!
Tried this yesterday, and it came out amazing! For me 4 tbsp of water was too little for 45g cocoa powder, but adjusted by adding more water. Thanks for the recipe!
super Ham Ham
Bonjour merci pour ce magnifique partage. Pouvez vous me donner la contenance de votre moule svp. Merci beaucoup.
Anne, tu dois utiliser un moule d'une capacité d'au moins 800 millilitres. Dis-moi si tu as aimé la recette ! Un gros câlin, Carlo
Hello, I am not vegan and would like to try substituting gelatin as I could not find agar agar in my local grocery. (I know other stores may carry it but I was not successful today.) Does anyone know the ratio to substitute gelatin? So far googling has not been helpful. Thank you!
Theresa, I can't help you because I don't cook with gelatine. If you still have time I'd look for agar agar powder online, I'm sure you'll find it easily.
Knox Gelatine is the equivalent, its just not vegan.
Carlocao, realize you're unintentionally frustrating us Americans when you say powdered Agar is easy to find and inexpensive. Even from Amazon, it's not the case here, especially when compared to non-vegan gelatin one might think you'd suggest as an alternative for non-vegans. It would probably be helpful to let people know that to get the absolutely luscious looking result you post (you're a good salesman!), one wants a firm set of the ingredients. Agar will set up harder (good) and stay firmer at higher temperatures (good), than gelatin. Also good to know, which I believe you touched on, is that flaked Agar, which is a wee bit easier to find here, is hard to get to act like powdered - I get why you are insistent on powdered Agar. From someone who has tried to use flaked and not managed to pull it off, I concur - powdered Agar is the only way to go.
Dear Gene, Thank you for your feedback. I am based in Switzerland and here agar agar powder is sold in almost every grocery store. It is also quite cheap here as well. I obviously cannot talk for every state on this planet 😉 but you should be able to find it even in the US in a health store maybe? Thank you for your comment, I'm sure it will help lots of us ppl! Hugs.
Susan Rodich says
What type of pudding mold did you use?
Hi. Do you happen to have the nutrition facts for this recipe? I am diabetic but would love to try this! It looks so yummy!🤤
Hi dear. Thank you for your sweer words! I'm sorry but I don't have the nutrition facts of this recipe. I'm sure you you can find an online tool you can use though.
I’ve been trying a lot of chia seed puddings. I think I will try substituting chia seeds for the agar agar and see what happens.
Brenda Hill says
Searched locally for agar agar powder. Not sure if carried in the stores, but online a substitute is cornstarch.
How would this change the texture or taste?
Do you know if the proportion will be the same if I use regular milk? I have nothing against vegan stuff but I am allergic to coconuts.
Hi! I’ve never made it with “regular” milk so I’m unable to answer. Coconut milk works perfectly because of its thickness so I’d rather replace it with a thick cashew milk 🙂 i hope this helps.
I had coconut cream so I added 1 cup simple milk to 1 cup coconut cream
When I needed agar agar before, I looked everywhere. The only place I was able to find it was a specialty health store and it was very expensive. It is definetely not easy to find unless ypu order it on line. People don't even know what it is.
Hi! It really depends on where you live. Here in Switzerland you can find it very easily 🙂 im glad you found it, happy cooking!
Corazon Fullido says
I want to try but don't know agar agar and vegan..pls.can u paste the look of it.the total look pls.
Does it taste coconutty?
Cant this be made without agar agar... eagerly wanted to try this!
Yes you can use gelatin even though they’re saying not to because it is an animal product. This is a vegan recipe but you don’t have to make this a vegan recipe. You can use regular milk and gelatin.
Mary E. Kennelly says
Is that a homemade mold in the video? If so, how was it made?
Can I use cocoa powder instead of chocolate?
You can try but you’d have to add more coconut oil to compensate the missing cacao butter that stabilises the pudding 🙂
Can you use oat milk instead of coconut milk?
I‘ve never tried to make it with oat milk but it should work out. Let me know how it turns out :))
can you use normal milk
It’s a vegan recipe. I’d never suggest to use “regular” milk for ethical and health reasons. You can find plant-based milk everywhere 🙂
Poderias informar o tamanho da forma?
What’s a good substitute for agar agar?
There isn’t. Gelatine is not vegan so it’s not an option. But you can find agar agar quite easily in any supermarket 🙂
I can't wait to try this recipe. It looks so good, but I did want to pop in to say I have visited 5 grocery stores, a Whole Foods and a Fresh Market, and none have agar agar. I ordered it off Amazon. Anyway, I live in a medium sized city, so it's not too easy to find in stores. Amazon has multiple different versions though.
I guess it depends where you live. Here in Seitzerland you can find it easily. Be sure to order powdered agar agar and not agar agar flakes. ❤️ I hope you’ll love it! Let me know how it turns out 🥳
If you are not vegan can you use gelatin?
Do you have the nutrition information for this recipe by chance?
I don’t sorry 🙁
What kind of mold?. What can you use instead
You can use any pudding mold you like 🙂
What brand do you use for the strong agar agar?
The coconut milk - is it the thick, canned one or the more liquidy carton one?
I used a more liquidy one (in carton) but you could use coconut cream too 🙂
So you use the carton ones which also come in Almond Milk etc, not the coconut milks which come in a can you use for curry's etc? THANK YOU. Can't wait to serve this this weekend.
You can use both for this recipe 🙂
What if I am not vegan and I dont have agar agar?
Hi! You don’t have to be vegan to get agar agar 🤣 there is no substitute for it in this recipe but it’s actually super cheap and easy to find :))
Is it possible to make it mother rice or soy milk?
Dear Jekaterina, you can use it but the pudding won’t be as creamy. I’d use cashew milk to replace coconut milk if I were you. I hope this helps 🙂