Recipe ★ Ben O’Donoghue’s Self Saucing Chocolate Pudding

April 30, 2014 by flyingdrunkenmonkey

Ben O'Donoghue's Self Saucing Chocolate Pudding - The Flying Drunken Monkey

I’m a big fan of parcel deliveries. I’m a big fan of all mail but letters can contain bills or rental inspections and other not so nice things. Parcel almost always contain really good things. This parcel was no exception.

Ben O'Donoghue's Self Saucing Chocolate Pudding - The Flying Drunken Monkey

I was surprised at the door by a courier, who seemed extremely perplexed when he said “um… “The Flying Drunk…””. Always funny when I hear my blog name in a non-blogging situation! He handed me the above massive parcel and I turned to Lily who eagerly helped me unwrap it. I may have passed my love of parcels on to her too!

As you can see inside the parcel was a LOT of goodies. Fairy has recently won awards and have decided to share the celebration with me. And you!

“Canstar has crowned Fairy as the ‘heavyweight champ’ of dishwasher detergents. By taking out the revered gold rating, Fairy Platinum Dishwashing Tablets won Most Satisfied Customers Award in 2013. Fairy Platinum Dishwashing Tablets are the only dual-action dishwasher tablet that not only leaves dishes clean, but maintains dishwasher cleanliness.
Fairy has also been recognised by CHOICE. In their latest test of dishwashing liquids, Fairy Platinum
Dishwashing Liquid was best overall performer in the ‘what to buy list’ with a top score of 96%.”

Ben O'Donoghue's Self Saucing Chocolate Pudding - The Flying Drunken Monkey

Inside the parcel was a recipe for Ben O’Donoghue’s Self Saucing Chocolate Pudding, printed on a tea towel. Also included was everything I needed to make the pudding. And I mean everything! All of the ingredients were correctly portioned out and stored in little bags or containers and there was even a little carton of eggs and a little glass jar of milk! Biggest surprise of all was the square ceramic dish to cook it in!

Plus to top it all off there was a big bag of Fairy Dishwasher Tablets and a bottle of Dishwashing Liquid to clean it all up with. Such an excellent parcel!

Ben O'Donoghue's Self Saucing Chocolate Pudding - The Flying Drunken Monkey

It was Mr Monkey’s birthday only days after we received the parcel so I intended to make the pudding for him. However, he was working on his actual birthday so that day was out. The next day we were having lunch at his parents’ house so I thought I’d make it for him that night, but I was too tired when we got home. The next night we went out as a family to a local pub and I planned to make it when we got home but it was too late. Finally, the next night, after cooking a yummy lamb roast salad for dinner we got set to cook.

I realised as I got everything ready that I hadn’t put the orange zest in the fridge with the rest of the ingredients so it had gone mouldy. We didn’t have any oranges so that was left out. My recipe didn’t include the brandy (ripped off!) but it was probably best not to include that as Lily would be eating it too.

We started to cream the butter and sugar together when our big mixer started making a funny noise then all of a sudden smoke started pouring out. Fantastic! Luckily Mr Monkey was home and was able to beat the butter and sugar by hand, although he was complaining quite mightily by the end.

The rest was super easy to put together, even with Lily “helping” and we had it in the oven in no time. Lily loved licking the beaters, then asked for the bowl!

It took longer than the 30mins to cook, and even after 45mins wasn’t completely cooked, but I think that has more to do with our oven than anything else.

Ben O'Donoghue's Self Saucing Chocolate Pudding - The Flying Drunken Monkey

While I was cooking dinner earlier I had sent Mr Monkey down to the shops for some things I had forgotten, including some good vanilla ice cream. Luckily I did because it went fantastic with the pudding! The pudding was so wonderfully rich and gooey and… amazing! Really, it was chocolate. There’s not much more you need to know!

Ben O’Donoghue’s Self Saucing Chocolate Pudding


Ben O’Donoghue’s Self Saucing Chocolate Pudding


    Sponge Base
  • 250gm butter
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Sauce
  • 100ml Baileys
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 100gm 54% cocoa chocolate
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 tbsps corn flour


  1. Grease the ceramic casserole dish with 50gms of butter
  2. Make the sponge base by creaming the rest of the butter and sugar, add the vanilla
  3. seeds, orange zest and combine
  4. Add the eggs to the mixture one at a time
  5. Sift the coco powder, flour, baking powder and salt together and add to mixture. Finally
  6. add the milk and mix well.
  7. Fill a greased pudding mould with the batter
  8. Combine the sugar, cocoa and corn flour and sprinkle over the pudding
  9. Combine the baileys and chocolate with the boiling water, whisk to melt the chocolate
  10. and gently pour over the batter
  11. Bake the pudding at 180 degrees for about 30 minutes until golden and when skewered it
  12. comes out clean
  13. Serve dusted with icing sugar and double crème or vanilla ice cream


Recipe by Ben O'Donoghue thanks to #Fairy1Wash

There’s also this fantastic video of Ben preparing the pudding. I’m completely jealous of that kitchen!


Thanks to Fairy (did you know Fairy cuts through grease in one wash??), I have a fantastic dishwashing pack to giveaway. We’ve been using Fairy products for awhile now (gifted) and I’m loving them. Their dishwashing liquid really does cut through the grease and my parents have been using the dishwashing tablets and we’ve all noticed a big difference with their dishes.

You could win 1 x Fairy prize pack:

· Fairy All in One dishwashing dishwashing tablets ($20.99),
· Fairy Original Dish Washing Liquid Small ($3.99),
· Fairy Anti-bacterial Dish Washing Liquid Small ($3.99),
· Fairy Lemon Dishwashing Liquid ($3.99),
· Fairy Lemon Dishwashing Liquid Large (MEGA) ($6.49)

Worth $39.45 in total.

Simply fill out the form below!

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Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I was provided with the ingredients and products as stated. All opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the company.

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  1. This looks divine Cassie. Thanks for joining in the I’m Pinning Around link party. Pinterest will love it – the chocolatier the better!
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