Fudgy Brownie Cake with Chocolate Pudding Frosting (dairy free!)

This cake.  I pretty much ate the whole thing.

It is a cake made of an incredibly fudgy brownie layer, topped with thick and creamy pudding frosting, and drizzled with melted chocolate chips.  The brownie layer is fudgy, but more thick and dense than anything else.  You can hold a slice like its pizza.  And then the frosting is a spin off of the best vegan chocolate pudding, so be prepared.  This is a layer of smooth creamy pudding … frosting.  It isn’t your traditional buttercream.  All together, it makes a rich and decadent dessert that is ready to wow whomever you serve it too.

Fudgy Brownie Pie with Chocolate Pudding Frosting (dairy free!)

I made it for my mom, whose love for chocolate rivals mine.  I actually remembered Mother’s Day this year … before it happened!

Holidays tend to sneak up on me … except for Christmas and the Fourth of July.   Those I remember.  Yeah, Cinco de Mayo?  Totally missed that one.  Sorry guys, I didn’t even eat a taco.  But I’ll wish you a belated one!

I’m on top of Mother’s Day this time because my mom’s birthday is on the actual Mother’s Day.  Is it just me, or is it hard to throw a party and get gifts for your mom?  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always had the best intentions, but my mom is hard!  She never wants a certain gift (ie candles or soap or dress) and really doesn’t need anything (she’s not an Apple person … otherwise that would be easy)

Side note: Have you seen how many accessories there are for Apple?  Craaaazy.  Who has money for all that?

Fudgy Brownie Cake with Chocolate Pudding Frosting (dairy free!)

Anyways, she doesn’t have a gift list, doesn’t eat out, hobbies include buying clothes every week for Nathan (teenage boys grow fast … I’m being left in the dust), and even though she loves a clean house, she really would prefer us not to organize her stuff.  I don’t get why she wouldn’t want all of us attacking her piles of scrapbooking material, baby clothes, and antique china.  (I’m kidding, really)

And it’s not like I could surprise her … I live with her.  And she is not a go-shopping-on-a-whim person (best way to get people out of the house)  That doesn’t mean I haven’t tried!  I’ve never tackled throwing a real surprise party for her, complete with all her friends, but I really wanted to when I was, oh probably 10 years old.  I had a list of names and addresses and everything.  Me and my siblings settled for waking up early and taping balloons and streamers all over the living room.  Not quite a surprise party at Pizza Hut with all her friends, but she was very appreciative :)

Then there was the other time she was gone for the weekend of her birthday and Dad was babysitting us all.  We drove to WalMart and got cake mixes and candles and frosting and we baked us a cake!  She was coming home that night and so we needed to hide it so she wouldn’t find it.  So me and Nathan hid it behind the drapes in the living room. Behind the drapes.  In the living room.  Yeah, I have no idea why that even happened, but it actually worked.  The next morning, we were all waiting in the living room (de ja vu) with the cake and she was getting ready for the day in her room.  Right before she comes out, the baby (I don’t remember who it was at the time) ran into her bedroom and yelled “surprise!  We have a cake for youuuuu!”

Surprise!  Not.

Fudgy Brownie Cake with Chocolate Pudding Frosting (dairy free!)

My Mom is the best I could have asked for.  She is the opposite of me which is why we work so well together.  She stays put together when I freak out … well, she stays put together no matter what.  She has always made me feel important to her and supported me.  This whole blog thing wouldn’t have happened without her.  The best way I’ve tried expressing my love to her is through chocolate.  A couple years ago, it was lava cakes for breakfast.  I love that my mom is not a health nut and ate it – happily.  Why she puts up with me sometimes, I’ll never know.  As I’ve gotten older, my respect for moms has sky rocketed because I’ve seen how loving your child and doing what is best for them is hard – and it takes a lot of wisdom.  Her wisdom and patience will always be beyond me.

I’m so grateful for you, Mom.  Happy early birthday and Mother’s Day.  This cake is (was … we kind of ate it all in two days) for you.  Wishing you a melty, gooey, fudgy chocolate filled day.  I love you.

Fudgy Brownie Cake with Chocolate Pudding Frosting (dairy free!)


**I’m entering this recipe in the So Delicious and Go Dairy Free Spring Fling Dairy-Free Recipe Contest. **

Fudgy Brownie Cake with Chocolate Pudding Frosting (dairy free!)
Serves: 12
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
  • Brownie cake:
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • ½ cup oil (melted coconut oil or vegetable oil)
  • ½ cup So Delicious Coconut Milk
  • 1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pudding Frosting:
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1-1/2 cups So Delicious Coconut Milk
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup So Delicious Culinary coconut milk (more or less depending on how thick your frosting is)
  • ¼ cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and lightly grease cake pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs until and vanilla.
  3. Add sugar, oil, and coconut milk. Beat until combined.
  4. Stir in flour and cocoa powder.
  5. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the middle is firm (don't overcook it; it is ok if it is still moist, you just don't want it to be liquidy)
  6. For the pudding frosting:
  7. In a medium pot, mix cornstarch and cocoa powder.
  8. Add milk gradually and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  9. Once thickened (about 3 minutes) remove from heat and stir in honey.
  10. Let cool and thicken up (about 5 minutes)
  11. Add culinary coconut milk gradually, stirring until desired consistency is achieved (I used the whole ½ cup; I wanted it to be really pudding like)
  12. Assembly:
  13. Take cooled cake and place on serving plate.
  14. Take your pudding frosting and spread over the top of the cake (you won't use all of it)
  15. Melt the chocolate chips and drizzle over frosted cake.
  16. Serve and enjoy!
To store leftovers: I covered our cake with saran wrap and left out at room temp. The pudding and cake tasted just the same the next day. If you want it to last more than one or two days, store in the refrigerator.
As for freezing, the cake can be frozen, but the frosting can only be stored in the refrigerator. To use frozen cake, let it thaw completely before frosting and serving.


  1. says

    Mary Frances, this post seems like the perfect Mother’s Day gift to me, your words, not the chocolate! Your mother sounds like an amazing woman, and the fact that you’re so kind and sweet speaks to that. The chocolate cake you made, looks AMAZING! I hope my girls love baking when they get older so I can be surprised with so much oozing chocolate.
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  2. says

    You had me at “hold a slice like it’s a pizza!” I am all about chocolate cake and just want to grab this out of the computer screen and devour it. I love how fudgy and dense the inside of the cake looks! And I bet your mom loved it! Pinned!
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  3. says

    Your mom sounds like an amazing woman, and this cake looks like a perfect way to celebrate her 😀 I still have no idea what I’m going to make for my mom for Mother’s Day, but I’m pretty sure it’s going to have to involve chocolate 😉

    • maryfrances says

      Same here, my Dad is so much easier than my mom! Thank you Denise – yes, we made sure this one didn’t have a chance to go bad 😉

  4. Bethany Marteney says

    Aren’t moms JUST the hardest to surprise!? (Or get gifts for?) How do I buy a gift when I’m shopping with her?! :) I think most moms would go for this cake! It looks awesome!

    • maryfrances says

      Yes! How am I supposed to buy her a gift when she is standing right there?! Glad I’m not alone in this :) Thanks Bethany!

  5. says

    Holy Moly Mary Frances!! This cake looks divine! I love this post. It’s the little things that make moms happy. I’m sure she appreciates having such a sweet daughter. PS. my son never remembers Mothers day nor my birthday. He rushes around that day trying to make a card. 😀
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    • maryfrances says

      My brothers remember the day before and frantically try to make a card and blow up balloons. Its a guy thing :) Except I’m guilty of it some years! Thank you Cindy!

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    • maryfrances says

      Thank you so much! I’m honored that you would choose me. I will definitely check you out, thank you for the invite!

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