This easy chocolate cobbler is like a combination of gooey chocolate cake and rich chocolate pudding. Here’s how to transform simple pantry ingredients into a decadent dessert!
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You’ve surely heard of Apple Cobbler and Blueberry Cobbler, but chocolate cobbler may be new to you! While fruit cobblers are always a treat, if you’re looking for something more decadent, this chocolate cobbler recipe might just become your new go-to.
Chocolate cobbler combines the richness of dark chocolate with a warm, gooey chocolate sauce and a tender cake-like topping. It’s the perfect dessert to make for a chocolate-loving crowd and it will satisfy any sweet tooth. The best part is that this old-fashioned chocolate cobbler recipe takes just 10 minutes to put together!
Rich Chocolate Cobbler Recipe
Unlike traditional cobblers that feature fruit fillings, chocolate cobbler is all about indulging in the rich flavor of chocolate. There’s no fruit in sight here! As the cobbler bakes, it transforms into a luscious dessert with a velvety, chocolate sauce beneath a soft, pillowy cake layer.
The magic happens in the oven when the batter rises to the top, creating a delicious crust while the cocoa-sugar topping transforms into a thick, fudgy sauce. When served warm, the fudgy chocolate sauce oozes out, enveloping each bite in a heavenly chocolate embrace.
Serve this irresistible chocolate cobbler on its own or pair it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of freshly whipped cream. The combination of warm cobbler and cold ice cream makes for a delightful dessert experience that will make all chocolate lovers swoon.
Chocolate Cobbler Ingredients
See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.
- Butter – Use unsalted butter for this recipe since the perfect amount of salt is already added to the cake batter.
- Flour – Regular, all-purpose flour is best.
- Baking powder
- Cocoa powder – Be sure to use unsweetened cocoa powder. I like to use Hershey’s Dark Chocolate cocoa powder, which is super rich and decadent.
- Whole milk – Whole milk is definitely best for chocolate cobbler. You need the richness of the milk to make the cake creamy and decadent.
- Sugar – I typically use regular white sugar, but light brown sugar works well, too.
- Boiling water – Make sure the water is super hot when you pour it into the tray. The temperature matters in this recipe as the heat will help activate the baking powder. It is key to creating the brownie-like top and making this chocolate cobbler recipe similar in texture to a molten lava cake.
Here are a few ingredient substitutions and variations you may want to try.
- Use gluten-free all-purpose flour to make a gluten-free chocolate cobbler. I have tried this substitution several times and it always works well!
- Stir 1 cup of white chocolate chips into the cobbler mix. This will create pockets of white chocolate throughout the dark cake. It looks pretty and tastes good!
- Stir in 1 cup of chopped walnuts to give the cobbler a nice crunch and nutty flavor.
- Top the chocolate lava cake with a scoop of ice cream. Chocolate ice cream or vanilla are both classic choices. Strawberry ice cream is also amazing!
How to Make Chocolate Cobbler
- Prepare: Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Add the 6 tablespoons of butter to an 8” square baking dish and place it in the oven while it is preheating to melt the butter. Remove the pan after about 3-4 minutes when the butter is all melted in the bottom of the baking dish and set the pan aside.
- Whisk the dry ingredients: Add all of the dry ingredients for the cobbler to a large mixing bowl. Whisk them together well.
- Add the wet ingredients: Whisk the milk and vanilla into the dry ingredients, stirring until thick and smooth. Pour the chocolate batter into the pan with the melted butter.
- Make the topping: Whisk the cocoa powder and sugar together in a separate bowl, then sprinkle it over the top of the batter. Pour the boiling hot water into the cobbler pan, drizzling it evenly across the batter.
- Bake: Bake the cobbler for 30 minutes. It will look like a shiny chocolate cake when baked and it will spring back to the touch.
- Enjoy: Scoop the warm chocolate pudding cake onto plates, top with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream, then enjoy.
You can double this recipe to make an even bigger chocolate cobbler. Double the ingredients and follow the same directions as listed in the recipe. Use a 9×13 baking dish to bake the chocolate cobbler. It will take about 40-45 minutes to bake in a larger pan.
How to Store Chocolate Cobbler
Let the chocolate cobbler cool to room temperature, then wrap the entire thing in plastic wrap and store it in the fridge for up to one week. You can also remove the cobbler from the baking dish and move it to an airtight container or small bowl to store.
Reheat the easy chocolate cobbler by microwaving each serving for about one minute. The cobbler should be warm and soft! This is a perfect, easy chocolate dessert to have on hand.
My chocolate cobbler recipe uses basic chocolate cake ingredients. Flour, sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, butter, and milk are a few of the main ingredients. Boiling water helps make the chocolate cobbler fudgy and gooey. Vanilla extract brings out the intense flavor of the chocolate.
My chocolate cobbler crust is made with cocoa powder and sugar. It hardens into a thin, crisp crust as the cobbler bakes. It may not be a thick crust, but it sure is delicious!
Fruit cobblers typically have a crumbly, cake-like crust made with sugar, flour, butter, and baking powder. A classic fruit cobbler is a little different than this chocolate cobbler but both are delicious!
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoons salt
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- ½ cup whole milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 ½ cups boiling water
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place the butter in an 8” square baking dish then place the dish in the oven while it is preheating to let the butter melt. It should be melted in about 3-4 minutes.
- Make the cobbler first by whisking the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cocoa powder together.
- Whisk in the milk and vanilla and stir until smooth.
- Pour the cobbler batter into the baking dish with melted butter.
- Make the topping by whisking the topping cocoa powder and sugar together. Sprinkle this mix over the cobbler batter in the cake pan.
- Slowly pour the boiling water over the entire cobbler and topping. It will look very wet but that is okay!
- Carefully put the pan back into the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
- Scoop the warm cobbler onto plates or bowls then top with fresh whipped cream.