James Martin's chocolate pudding recipe

(88 ratings)

James Martin's chocolate pudding is delicious and gooey, making the perfect mid-week treat. It is an easy pudding to make and can be kept for a couple of days.

  • healthy
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories391 Kcal20%
Fat20.2 g29%

James Martin's chocolate pudding is a really simple recipe with delicious and gooey results, making the perfect mid-week treat. It is an easy pudding to make and should be served with the chocolate sauce and a dollop of cream.


  • 100g butter (softened)
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 25g cocoa powder (sieved)
  • 2 medium-sized eggs (beaten)
  • 1 x 425g can of prunes
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 25g muscovado sugar
  • 1 x 170g can of evaporated milk

To serve:

  • Icing sugar, with cream or Greek yogurt




  1. Put the softened butter, caster sugar and self-raising flour in a mixing bowl with the sieved cocoa powder and beaten eggs. Mix well until all the ingredients are combined.
  2. Drain, stone and mash the prunes.
  3. Add the prunes to the pudding mixture and combine thoroughly. Smooth the mixture into a 1-litre ovenproof dish.
  4. Whisk the cocoa powder and muscovado sugar into the evaporated milk. Pour all the sauce over the pudding mixture and bake for 30-35 mins at 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4 until firm on top.
  5. Serve warm dusted with icing sugar, with cream or Greek yoghurt.
James Martin
Celebrity chef and TV presenter

James Martin is best known as the presenter of BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, which he hosted between 2006 and 2016. He's now the host of Saturday Morning with James Martin on ITV.  James started his formal training to become a chef at Scarborough Technical College in 1988 and went on to further his skills at Hostellerie De Plaisance, Saint-Émilion, and Maison Troisgros in France before joining Anthony Worrall Thompson's 'One Ninety Queen's Gate restaurant in London. 

He became head chef at just 22 when he joined Hotel Du Vin and went on to work in some of the best restaurants in London including Harvey’s in Wandsworth, The Square in Mayfair and Alastair Little in Soho. James Martin has been on our TV screen for over 20 years,  hosting Saturday Kitchen, as well as making appearances on Ready Steady Cook, and The Great British Menu and is a regular on This Morning.  He enjoys cooking for his family and making dishes that are delicious and simple recipes that anyone can follow.