Chocolate Cobbler

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My quick and easy chocolate cobbler recipe is the perfect mouthwatering combination of moist chocolate cake with a hot chocolate fudge sauce layer. You’re going to love this deliciously decadent chocolate dessert!

Spoonful of chocolate cobbler.

Growing up, we had this Southern chocolate cobbler recipe probably once a week. I always thought it was because everyone liked it so much. But according to Mama, the frequency of this dessert had a lot more to do with it being so quick, easy, and most importantly: budget-friendly.

Generally, most folks have these ingredients on hand. We’re talking vanilla, oil, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, flour, and milk. I bet they’re already sitting in your pantry and fridge, right? It doesn’t hurt that you don’t even need an egg for it either.

This cobbler bakes up magically. When you pull it out of the oven you’ll have a rich chocolate cake layer on top and a hot fudge chocolate sauce layer beneath. I highly recommend it be served with a big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s just like a chocolate lava cake but so much easier to make and is also known as a chocolate pudding cake because it has the same scrumptious texture.

We frequently package the dry ingredients and give them along with the recipe as Christmas gifts. People are always intrigued by the name and very happy with the results!

Labeled ingredients for chocolate cobbler.Recipe Ingredients

  • Self-rising flour
  • Vegetable oil
  • Milk
  • Granulated sugar
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Brown sugar
  • Vanilla extract

How to Make Chocolate Cobbler

Add flour to mixing bowl.

In a medium bowl, add the flour…

Add sugar to mixing bowl.

And white sugar.

Add cocoa powder to mixing bowl.

Then add the cocoa powder…

Stir dry ingredients to combine.

And stir to combine your dry ingredients.

Add milk to dry ingredients.

To this, add the wet ingredients, including the milk…

Add oil to mixing bowl.

Vegetable oil…

Add vanilla to mixing bowl.

And the vanilla extract.

Stir together chocolate cobbler batter.

Stir your cobbler batter until it looks like this.

Grease baking dish.

Spray an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray (or grease however you like).

Spread cobbler batter into prepared pan.

Spread the batter into the prepared pan.

Combine cocoa and brown sugar in separate bowl.

In a separate bowl, combine the brown sugar and more cocoa powder.

Stir ingredients together.

Stir the topping until it looks like this.

Sprinkle over cobbler batter.

Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the top of your batter.

Slowly add hot water.

SLOWLY pour hot water over the batter. SLOWLY.

Bake chocolate cobbler in oven.

Place in a 350-degree oven for 40 to 45 minutes.

Baked chocolate cobbler.

It’s gonna look like this and smell HEAVENLY.

Inside chocolate cobbler.

Oh LAWD. Do yourself a favor and just make it already!

Bowl of chocolate cobbler with ice cream.

But don’t forget to pair your chocolate cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!


Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days and simply reheat in the microwave.

Recipe Notes

  • Instead of ice cream, serve your chocolate cobbler with whipped cream and your favorite fresh berries, like cherries or diced strawberries. Alternatively, chocoholics might want to pair theirs with chocolate ice cream!
  • For added chocolate flavor, fold 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips into the cobbler batter.
  • To enhance the chocolate flavor, add teaspoon of espresso powder.
  • Visit this post for substitutions if you have food allergies. You can easily use any kind of non-dairy milk, like soy milk, substitute regular for gluten-free flour, and use carob instead of cocoa.
  • Let the chocolate cobbler sit for at least 10 to 20 minutes after you take it out of the oven to allow the sauce to cool and thicken. We don’t want any burnt tongues out here!

Recipe FAQs

Can I double this recipe?

Absolutely! Easily double the recipe and bake your chocolate cobbler in a 9×13 baking dish instead. Easy peasy!

You may also like these decadent chocolate desserts:

Triple Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate Snack Cake

Chocolate Velvet Cake With Cream Cheese Icing

Triple Chocolate Cake (a.k.a Chocoholic Cake)

The Best Brownie Recipe With Chocolate Frosting

Bowl of chocolate cobbler with ice cream.

Chocolate Cobbler

My quick and easy chocolate cobbler recipe is the perfect mouthwatering combination of moist chocolate cake with a hot chocolate fudge sauce layer.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, cobbler
Servings: 4
Calories: 319kcal


  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 3/4 cup hot tap water
  • 1 cup chopped pecans optional


  • Mix together the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, and cocoa. Then add the wet ingredients: milk, vanilla, oil, and nuts (if using). Mix well and then pour into a greased 8x8 baking dish.
    1 cup self-rising flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 cup milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 2 tbsp vegetable oil, 1 cup chopped pecans
  • Mix together the brown sugar and remaining cocoa powder together. Sprinkle this topping over the batter. Then pour hot tap water, very slowly, over the dry mixture and batter.
    1/4 cup cocoa, 1 3/4 cup hot tap water, 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • Bake in a 350-degree oven for 40 to 45 minutes.


Calories: 319kcal
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  1. Now can you double this to a 13X9? Or does it flop then? Just Curious I have never tried this recipe! Oh and i have a request. Its a Pumpkin thing that you use a cake mixture on top and it has a soft gooey pumpkin bottom on it? Clear as mud right?? LOL

  2. OK CHRISTY, I have been thinking about this cake all day today. I am making it tomrrow Ü. I have to stay home and wait on my sons new bedroom set to be delivered so what better way then to bake. I am so syked. I will let you know…. I feel like i am commenting to much on your blog, I just cant help it girl I love this food!!! Keep um coming.

  3. OH Stephanie, I think you are on to something! I’m calling Willy Wonka tomorrow!! hehe
    I still can’t get over that pic of your son diving face first into his cake!
    I just had a bowl of chocolate cobbler with a cold diet dr pepper. I can’t imagine the queen of england had a better dessert!

  4. Instead of just smellovision (which would be awesome) you could do your website Willy Wonka-esque, by making it so we can just reach out and take a bite of that big pan of chocolaty, gooey deliciousness!

    Or I can just make it myself. 🙂

  5. L@@K at that. I have been waiting for you to post the recipe since you added it to the top of the page. Goodness let me pick my jaw up off the floor and wipe off all the drool. Ok I am making this Christy and with ice cream yummo. I am going to do this at Christmas time like you stated what a wonderful gift. I always give baked goodies baskets for the holidays this will be such a treat. In my opinion thats comparable to the “betetr than sex cake” well at least for me it is LOL.

  6. LOL!
    Terri, I LOVE your enthusiasm! How can it not be contagious!!!???
    You know, even my three year old (whom I am thinking of renaming Princess PickyPants) ate some of this! She doesn't EVER stray from her chicken nugget/mac and cheese/PB&J/Cantaloupe Diet!

    You let me know if you get to try it and what they thought, alright?

    It really is soooooooooo very good…….sooooooo very good. I just wish I could incorporate smellovision on my website!

  7. How is it that I am the very first to comment on this! HOLY MOLY it looks good. So tell me…. do you think my kids will think that I am AWSOME if I make this! I’ll give you ONE guess! YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT BAYBEEEE!

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