How to Make Southern Chocolate Cobbler At Home

Step into a world of rich, chocolatey goodness with “Decadent Deep South: Southern Chocolate Cobbler.” This dessert combines the gooey, melty appeal of a molten chocolate cake with the rustic, comforting texture of a traditional cobbler. Perfect for chocolate lovers and dessert aficionados alike, this Southern chocolate cobbler offers a warm, indulgent treat that’s sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Ideal for special occasions, family gatherings, or just a cozy night in, this dessert is a delightful twist on classic Southern baking.


Why You’ll Love Southern Chocolate Cobbler:

  • Rich Chocolate Flavor: Deep, intense chocolate taste that makes it a hit with all chocolate enthusiasts.
  • Gooey Texture: The molten center paired with a crusty topping creates a perfect contrast in textures.
  • Easy to Prepare: Surprisingly simple to make with basic ingredients, allowing even novice bakers to create a show-stopping dessert.
  • Comforting and Warm: Best served warm, making it a comforting treat for cooler evenings or anytime you need a chocolate fix.

Ingredients Notes For Southern Chocolate Cobbler:

  • Cocoa Powder: Provides the deep chocolate flavor essential to the cobbler.
  • Sugar: Both granulated and brown sugar are used for sweetness and depth of flavor.
  • Butter: Melted butter forms the base of the rich, tender crust.
  • Flour: All-purpose flour works best to create the structure for the topping.
  • Milk: Adds moisture to the batter, helping to create a smooth consistency.
  • Vanilla Extract: Complements the chocolate with a hint of vanilla.
  • Boiling Water: Poured over the batter pre-baking, this helps create the molten lava-like bottom.

Recipe Steps:

  1. Prepare the Batter: Mix the dry ingredients—flour, one portion of the sugar, cocoa powder, and baking powder. Stir in the milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract to form a thick batter.
  2. Spread in Baking Dish: Grease a medium baking dish and spread the batter evenly across the bottom.
  3. Create the Chocolate Topping: Combine the remaining sugar and cocoa powder, and sprinkle over the batter.
  4. Add Boiling Water: Carefully pour boiling water over the cocoa and sugar layer, covering the entire surface. Do not stir; this will form the “lava” as it bakes.
  5. Bake: Place in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) and bake for about 30 minutes or until the center is set but still soft beneath the crust.
  6. Serve: Allow to cool slightly, then serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for added indulgence.

Storage Options:

  • Refrigerate: Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in the microwave before serving.
  • Freeze: For longer storage, freeze portions in an airtight container for up to 1 month. Thaw and reheat in the microwave.


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How to Make Southern Chocolate Cobbler At Home



For the Cake Layer:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Fudge Layer:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1 3/4 cups hot water


  1. Preheat Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Prepare the Cake Batter:
    • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons of cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
    • Stir in milk, melted butter, and vanilla until the mixture is smooth.
    • Pour the batter into an ungreased 8-inch square baking dish, spreading evenly.
  3. Make the Fudge Layer:
    • In a separate small bowl, mix together the brown sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa powder.
    • Sprinkle this cocoa-sugar mixture evenly over the batter in the baking dish.
    • Gently pour the hot water over the top. Do not stir; the water will sink down and form a fudge sauce during baking.
  4. Bake the Cobbler:
    • Bake for about 40-45 minutes, or until the center is set and the top has a firm crust.
    • The cobbler will create a sauce on the bottom during baking, so don’t overcook it, which could cause the sauce to be absorbed fully.
  5. Serve:
    • Serve warm, ideally with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream on top.
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