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Glass bowls with double-chocolate pudding (budino) and whipped cream on top

Double-Chocolate Pudding (Budino)

  • Author: Michal Martinek
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Cuisine: Italian


Chocolate addict? This deluxe pudding is for you! Make it in less than 15 minutes, with both raw cacao and chocolate chips, for a rich, silky double-chocolate experience.


  • 1 cup (240 ml) whole milk
  • ½ cup (120 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup (20 g) raw cacao powder
  • ¼ cup (55 g) granulated white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (7 g) cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon (2 g) espresso baking powder, or 1 tablespoon freshly made espresso coffee (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons lukewarm water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten with fork
  • ¼ cup (60 g) semi-sweet chocolate chips, or finely chopped chocolate bar (between 50–72% cacao)
  • Whipped cream for topping (optional)


  1. Combine the milk and heavy cream in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat until hot, but not boiling. Don’t let it come to boiling.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the cacao powder, sugar, cornstarch and espresso powder. Mix together.
  3. Add the water and vanilla extract, and mix to combine. Stir in the egg yolks. Mix in the hot milk/cream.
  4. Pour the mixture back into the medium saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat, and continually stir with a wooden spoon, until the mixture thickens and coats the back of the spoon, about 4 minutes.
  5. Turn the heat off, add the chocolate chips and whisk until they melt. 
  6. Pour evenly into four small heat-resistant containers (glass bowls, cups, espresso cups or similar), cover with plastic food wrap to prevent skin forming on top, and let cool on kitchen counter or fridge.
  7. Serve the pudding with a dollop of whipped cream on top. The pudding will last for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.


  • Espresso powder – not crucial but will intensify the chocolate flavor of the pudding
  • Chocolate chips vs. chocolate bar – use the best quality you can, both will work great