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!

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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. Made this several months ago & forgot to review the recipe. Made this for my mom’s birthday & she loved it. She loved it so much she asked me to make another one for a friend at work who was celebrating her birthday. It was a big hit at her work as well!

  2. We are having a covered dish dinner at church on Sunday, so I’m auditioning this today. It is in the oven right now and smells really good. A few months ago I picked up a can of “Special Dark” cocoa to make hot chocolate. Well, it didn’t do that very well, so I’m using it for this. Can’t wait to taste it!
    I made it in a 13×9 inch pan, so we get double the amount!
    Thanks for such an excellent website!

  3. Our mom served this as well. Her recipe from a 1950s Betty Crocker cookbook didn’t use self-rising flour, but otherwise it looks the same. It was so yummy! We lived on a dairy, so always had fresh whipped cream on desserts. There was also a lemon version in that cookbook, but we loved the chocolate.

  4. Yuuuummmmmy, oh this is Heaven! Most anything chocolate will do, I prefer dark chocolate so I used Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder. (that’s all I had in my pantry and I didn’t want to dash to the store for the regular cocoa) It is sinfully devine, and with the Special Dark it is very rich, it will definitely get rid of an intense chocolate craving. Hopefully this won’t offend anyone but last spring I was at a retreat and someone had brought a “Better than Sex Cake” I’ve heard about those for years but had never tasted one, well in all honesty I thought it was good but certainly not as good as, well, you know! Until I tasted this rich, chocolatey ooey gooey melt in your mouth and oooh were my little taste buds happy, as well as my daughter and husband. I looked at my husband and said, ok, now this one is getting close!!! (giggle)
    Thank you Christy for all your wonderful recipes. Most of all for letting your light shine, you’re an awesome inspiration! God bless you and your beautiful family, shine on!

  5. Mmmmmm- I am thinking about how dark decadently chocolate this could be if I subbed some coffee for some of the water and used dark cocoa.

    Or added some mint extract to make it Grasshopper Cobbler (use your imagination on the mental image those words bring to mind, lol)

    Thinking making this will be a great spirit lifter in the ginormous snow storm that’s arriving in 3…2…1… 🙂

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