This is a much asked for family favorite. Chocolate cake 'floating' on a sea of pudding! Sure to be a favorite of yours, too!

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place 1 cup of sugar and 2 cups water into a saucepan and bring to a boil.

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  • In a medium bowl, cream together the shortening and 1/2 cup sugar until smooth. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; stir into the creamed mixture alternately with the milk so the batter does not become too stiff. Stir in vanilla.

  • Pour the sugar water into a 2 quart casserole dish. Drop the chocolate mixture by spoonfuls into the sugar syrup to make dumplings.

  • Bake for 45 to 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Use a slotted spoon to remove dumplings to plates, spoon syrup over and serve.

Nutrition Facts

327.8 calories; 2.4 g protein; 51 g carbohydrates; 1.2 mg cholesterol; 199 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (4)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
11/17/2010
This recipe is a family favorite for three generations. However we like it better with butter instead of shortening. Serve this warm from the oven with vanilla ice cream and it is very similar to a gooey brownie sundae. I've never seen it result in dumplings precisely. It usually looks more like a cake with wonderful chocolate syrup underneath that you can drizzle over the ice cream. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
09/09/2006
it was easy to mix but i put it in the oven and it just went horribly wrong. it tasted soggy and gross. i dont know if i did it wrong but i will never try to make it again Read More
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  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
11/17/2010
This recipe is a family favorite for three generations. However we like it better with butter instead of shortening. Serve this warm from the oven with vanilla ice cream and it is very similar to a gooey brownie sundae. I've never seen it result in dumplings precisely. It usually looks more like a cake with wonderful chocolate syrup underneath that you can drizzle over the ice cream. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/25/2004
it's quite simple and very very sweet; in my opinion not precisely a beauty: it came out as a cake more or less and only some indentations could remind you of dumplings...but my 6 year old and my hubby proclaimed it a hit so. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/17/2010
This recipe is a family favorite for three generations. However we like it better with butter instead of shortening. Serve this warm from the oven with vanilla ice cream and it is very similar to a gooey brownie sundae. I've never seen it result in dumplings precisely. It usually looks more like a cake with wonderful chocolate syrup underneath that you can drizzle over the ice cream. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
09/09/2006
it was easy to mix but i put it in the oven and it just went horribly wrong. it tasted soggy and gross. i dont know if i did it wrong but i will never try to make it again Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/21/2018
This was very similar to a pudding cake. The method is a little different but the taste to a pudding cake is the same. It's good for a quick yummy dessert. Read More