Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cobbler

By February 19, 2021 6 Comments

T his old-fashioned chocolate cobbler is a chocolate lover’s dream! This has become my new favorite dessert.

It’s made with just a few simple ingredients and can be whipped up in a snap! Perfect for dinner parties, potlucks, or anytime you are craving something yummy and chocolate.

This chocolate cobbler reminds me of visits to my grandmother’s house and her homemade chocolate pudding while I was growing up.  It was rich, chocolatey, gooey, creamy, and oh so delicious! It tasted so much like this chocolate cobbler. Who knows it might have been a chocolate cobbler! I just know it was so yummy and comforting!

What happy, delicious memories! Do certain kinds of food bring back happy childhood memories for you, too? 

This recipe is similar to a lava cake, chocolate pudding cake, or a hot fudge cake because it’s exploding with hot rich chocolate! Yum!

I’ve worked on this recipe for quite a while to get it to taste exactly as I wanted it to. There are a lot of chocolate cobbler recipes out there, but I can tell you for sure this recipe will be your favorite because it’s definitely mine. I absolutely love it and I can’t wait for you to get one in the oven as quickly as possible. 

It’s made like the rising crust fruit cobblers that are made with the butter at the bottom of the dish and a layer of batter and then another layer of fruit and juice then the crust rises to the top. Anyway, I just wanted you to get an idea of how this chocolate cobbler will be made. I promise that I will walk you through the whole process of making this fabulous dessert.

What you will need to make chocolate cobbler (Be sure to see the printable recipe at the bottom of the post for the full recipe)

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Self-rising flour
  • Whole milk
  • Unsweetened cocoa 
  • Heavy whipping cream 
  • Vanilla extract
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional (You just gotta have it with ice cream!😋)

It’s actually amazing with just a few simple ingredients you can make the most elegant delicious dessert.

How to make Chocolate Cobbler (It’s basically three simple steps)

  1. In the first layer, melted butter is poured into the bottom of the baking dish. I made mine in an iron skillet!
  2. Next, for the second layer, you mix up the batter that you will pour over the melted butter. You use self-rising flour, sugar, and milk to make the batter. This magically rises to the top and makes the delicious crust. DO NOT STIR when you pour the batter over the melted butter.
  3. The last layer or third layer is the chocolate sauce. It’s what will be the rich hot fudge sauce-pudding mixture after it’s done. The chocolate sauce is really easy to make. It’s a mixture of sugar, cocoa, heavy whipping cream, and vanilla. You cook it over low heat until it reaches a boil. Once it comes to a soft boil, add the vanilla extract and pour the chocolate sauce over the batter. DO NOT STIR. (Note: Be sure to use the heavy whipping cream for the sauce. The extra fat and richness in the heavy whipping cream take this cobbler to a whole new level.)You can see all three layers here in the picture. Spread the chocolate sauce evenly over the batter layer. When it’s baking, the batter will cook and rise to the top and form the crust. 
  4. Now, bake ( at 350 degrees) in a preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until the chocolate crust has risen to the top and the edges are hot and bubbly.

Pour yourself a cold glass of milk and enjoy this delicious chocolate cobbler with a big ole scoop of vanilla ice cream. I promise it will taste heavenly!

Delicious Variations for this recipe 

  • For Chocolate Cherry Cobbler, add a can of cherry pie filling over the batter before adding the boiling chocolate sauce. (Be sure not to stir when you spoon the pie filling over the batter
  • For a mocha taste, you can add freshly brewed coffee to the chocolate sauce. Just reduce the whipping cream to 1 cup and add 1 cup of coffee or add a teaspoon or two of espresso powder to the chocolate sauce.


Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cobbler

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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 to 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 to 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Category: Desserts


This Old Fashioned Chocolate Cobbler is a chocolate lover’s dream! It’s made with just a few simple ingredients and can be whipped up in a snap. Top it off with a big ole scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s absolutely delicious and the perfect comfort food!


First layer 

  • ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) butter, melted

Second layer -Crust

  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 ¼ cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk

Third layer- Chocolate sauce

  • 1 ½ cups white granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For topping: Vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream, if desired


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. For the first layer, pour the melted butter into a  9 x 13 -inch dish baking dish or a 10- inch iron skillet. 
  2. For the second layer, (Crust)  in a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together, 1 cup of self-rising flour, 1 ¼ cups of sugar, and 1 cup of whole milk. Whisk until it’s creamy and smooth. Pour the batter over the melted butter but DO NOT STIR. 
  3. Now for the third layer,  – Chocolate sauce, In a medium-size saucepan, mix 1 ½ cups of sugar, ½ cup cocoa, and 2 cups heavy whipping cream. Heat over medium-low heat until chocolate mixture reaches a soft boil, stirring constantly to prevent scorching chocolate. After chocolate sauce reaches a boil, remove from heat and stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Pour chocolate sauce over the top of the batter, but again DO NOT STIR. 
  4. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the batter rises to the top and forms a light golden brown crust and is hot and bubbly. 
  5. Remove from the oven and serve immediately. Top with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream if desired. Enjoy!


Recipe Note: Store any leftover cobbler in the refrigerator. Reheat in the microwave.



Hi, my name is Aletia. I am a true blue Southern girl, cookbook author, entrepreneur, self-taught food photographer and lover of chocolate.


  • Penny taketa says:

    Made this over the weekend, it was delicious!!! An easy to follow recipe, and so good we even had it for lunch the next day. Thanks so much for sharing! A note to others, it bubbled over in my cast iron skillet, so if you use a skillet rather than the 9×13 pan it calls for, watch for spills.

    • aletiadupree says:

      Hi Penny! So glad that you enjoyed the cobbler. It’s one of my favorites. Thank for the tip too!

    • aletiadupree says:

      Hi Penny! I’m so happy that you enjoyed the cobbler! It’s one of my favorites.

  • Donna jett says:

    I don’t have heavy cream…can I use milk