Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Chocolate cake for breakfast March 3, 2011

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“MOM, CAN I HAVE some hot fudge pudding cake for breakfast?” my 17-year-old asks.

“Sure, go ahead,” I reply. “There’s some whipped cream in the fridge too.”

Am I a bad mom for letting my teen consume a chocolate dessert before 8 a.m.?


Hot fudge pudding cake slathered with real whipped cream and topped with sprinkles.

When his sisters were that age—they’re 23 and 25 now—I never would have allowed them to eat cake for breakfast. But I’ve become a little much more relaxed in my parenting now that I’m older and tired.

Besides, I didn’t tell my boy this, but I was considering dipping into the chocolate pudding cake for breakfast too. I didn’t.

I wondered, though, as I poured cereal into a bowl, whether the cinnamon and sugar-laden squares I was about to eat were any more healthy than the homemade chocolate dessert?


The sugary cereal I ate for breakfast.

Just to clarify here, before you give me your opinion, you should know that my lanky son is over six feet tall, skinny as a toothpick, slim as a rail, etc. He can eat any amount of anything and not gain an ounce. Last night he ate a half a piece of pizza at 10:30. He does not like fruits (except for bananas and raspberries) or vegetables (except for potatoes). I did not raise him to dislike either as I could live on fruits and vegetables, OK, and chocolate.

If you would like to try hot fudge pudding cake for breakfast, or any time, here’s the recipe. It’s one of my favorite desserts, which my mom made when I was growing up, and is incredibly simple to prepare. Enjoy.

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

1 cup flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

¾ cup sugar

2 Tablespoons cocoa

½ cup milk

2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and cocoa. Stir in milk and vegetable oil. Spread in a 9-inch square pan.

Sprinkle with 1 cup of brown sugar and ¼ cup of cocoa that have been mixed together.

Pour 1 ¾ cups of hot water over the entire batter and bake at 350 degrees for 40 – 45 minutes. During baking, the cake mixture rises to the top and the chocolate sauce settles to the bottom. Serve warm, with whipped cream if desired.

© Copyright 2011 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


16 Responses to “Chocolate cake for breakfast”

  1. zcaron Says:

    I wish my mom would let me have chocolate cake for breakfast!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Well, just show her this blog post and maybe she’ll change her mind and allow you to have chocolate cake for breakfast. Thanks for stopping in from Maine.

  2. Lanae Says:

    You are a mean and evil sister for tempting me with MY favorite dessert. Once when I went back home to mom’s, she made it for me (not that I can’t do it myself ) as a special surprise for my birthday. Tara (my daughter) called me a spoiled kid the whole weekend. Even when we are old our moms want us to have a special day. So maybe you can turn into a good and heavenly sister by bringing some to the big 50th at our brother Brian’s place!! Hint Hint

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Hmmmm, I will need to consider this request, although I don’t know how well the cake would transport. And, hey, aren’t I already “good and heavenly?”

  3. dorothy bowman Says:

    For breakfast? Well I guess I would let a niece of mine have some. Yes do bake it for Brians’ birthday. Soul food is always good.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I’m pretty certain you would have allowed me to eat chocolate cake for breakfast. You rather spoiled me as a child. Looks like I may need to bake that cake for my siblings who are celebrating birthdays.

  4. jhc1218 Says:

    The homemade cake was probably “healthier” than the sugar cereal with less processing and all those antioxidants in chocolate.
    My mom makes this and I love it.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      That’s what I thought too. The homemade cake is likely healthier than the cereal. Good justification anyway for allowing my boy to eat cake for breakfast.

  5. Kristin Says:

    Did you hear about the new “healthier” option at McDonalds? The oatmeal apparently has on 10 fewer calories than an Egg McMuffin or a Sausage Burrito only have 300 calories each. It’s all relative.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I have seen the McDonald’s ads for the oatmeal. How interesting that the calorie difference is so minimal. If I eat at a fast food place twice a year, that’s a lot.

  6. YAY to cake for breakfast!!! I would totally do that! 😀


    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Yeah back to you. I corrupted my extended family this morning as we dipped into chocolate pudding cake for breakfast on my middle brother’s 50th birthday.

  7. Bernie Says:

    Oh, I’m so glad that you posted that. Does it have to go in the fridge after cooling? I think I might try to make one.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      You don’t need to refrigerate this cake. If you’re not eating it warm from the oven (let it sit for awhile for the sauce to firm up some), then simply reheat it in the microwave. This hot fudge pudding cake is great with ice cream too.

  8. Jennifer Says:

    Thanks for the new recipe. Your cousin (Diane) is my mother-in-law. My husband (Scott) cannot get enough chocolate, so all I can say is, we tried the recipe Friday and as of this a.m. (say, maybe around breakfast time), it was gone! So no judgment here about the chocolate for breakfast. 🙂

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Jennifer, I’m happy to pass along this recipe to other chocoholics. So glad you enjoyed it. I think this recipe will definitely need to go into the Kletscher family cookbook, a project being undertaken by cousin Vicki. Be sure to attend this summer’s reunion and maybe I’ll even bring a pan of hot fudge pudding cake for Scott.

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