Olga (A Chocolate Pudding Cake from the 1960s)

December 31, 2013
1 Ratings
  • Serves 6-8
Author Notes

This is a recipe given to our family by a friend named Olga. It's real name is Olga's Upside Down Cake, but we know it as Olga. We loved it and didn't get it often because it was sweet (bad for our teeth) and chocolatey (expensive). We loved the cake with pudding underneath eaten warm. It seemed so luxurious, and still does. —luvcookbooks

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/4 cups hot water
  1. Sift together dry ingredients, except for the brown sugar and cocoa, and stir in wet ingredients. Mix til smooth and pour into an eight inch square cake pan.
  2. Mix the brown sugar and cocoa and sprinkle over top of batter. Pour hot water over all and bake at 350 x 30-45 minutes.

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2 Reviews

alisonia October 18, 2020
I’m thinking about making a practice of trying recipes that have no reviews and no love, so I started with this one because...those recipes from the ‘60’s. I made this as directed with one exception...I cut the white sugar to 1/4 cup. Should’ve gone with the 3/4 c as directed. I removed it from the oven after 30 minutes, but would only go 25 min next time. Yes, there will be a next time! This made a chocolate cake with a rich pudding bottom! I used Valhrona cocoa, and that was a good choice. A lighter cocoa might be less satisfying. I’ll call this a 4 star dessert. A little whipped cream on top would not be wrong.
luvcookbooks October 19, 2020
So glad you liked it. Interested to know what else you find. Will follow you in your quest.:)