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Budino al Cioccolato – Italian Chocolate Pudding

Budino al cioccolato is a rich, smooth baked Italian style pudding.

While not overly sweet, it’s the perfect ending to a special meal and is guaranteed to please both children and adults alike.


four teacups filled with chocolate pudding on a grey cloth with a wooden board of chopped chocolate and four silver spoons viewed from front on

How to say Budino al Cioccolato.

Ok, so today I’m giving it to you totally Italian – Budino al Cioccolato. You might not even be able to pronounce it. But just break it up.

  • ‘bu’ as in “book’
  • ‘di” as in ‘delicious’
  • ‘no’ as in ‘not’
  • budino!

and cioccolato

  • ‘ciocco’ as in ‘chocolate’
  • ‘la’ as in ‘latte’
  • ‘to’ as in ‘Thomas’
  • cioccolato!

What is Budino al Cioccolato?

Budino al Cioccolato is a much loved Italian chocolate pudding. As a child I loved when dad would make budino. It was always for breakfast on a Saturday or Sunday morning.

Dad’s budino was not baked like this version. It was a stirred stove top, thick custard. He would make a large pot of vanilla custard and pour half into bowls. Then stir chocolate through the remaining hot custard. The resulting chocolate custard was pour into the bowl with the vanilla custard to make two toned budino. I had to get out of bed to eat the budino warm. I somehow think it was his sneaky way of getting me out of bed. I’m a notorious sleepy head but I loved budino.

four white teacups on wooden table and chocolate being poured into one of the teacups from a stainless steel saucepan

This recipe for Budino al Cioccolato.

I made lot of budino for my children while they were growing up but mostly for dessert. Tradition was always maintained with dad’s recipe for two toned budino. This recipe takes all of that smooth rich budino but makes it a whole lot easier by removing the continuous stove top stirring. Plus it’s  ALL chocolate!

My recipe for Budino al Cioccolato is as simple as 1, 2, 3.

  1. simply melt the chocolate and a small amount of sugar into the milk
  2. whisk in the other ingredients
  3. pour into cups or ramekins and bake bain marie style.

How to prepare a bain marie for baking.

Bain marie ((ban mah-REE) is a fancy term for cooking in a water bath. This technique is used for delicate food to ensure gentle cooking. It’s not difficult but there are a few important things you need to know.

  • use a baking dish with high sides that will hold all your pudding cups like a baking dish or casserole pan.
  • line the baking dish with a baking paper or kitchen towel so that the puddings don’t slide around.
  • have ready boiling water either from the kettle or boil water in a saucepan. This is important – DON”T use cold or room temperature water.
  • while the puddings are baking check that the water is not boiling – this would be too hot and you would need to turn down the heat.

Place the individual puddings into the lined baking dish. Fill the baking dish  around the individual cups with boiling water being careful not to splash the puddings. This can be done when the baking dish filled with the puddings is in the oven. The water should come halfway up the sides of the cups or ramekins.

Once baked, carefully remove the cups or ramekins from the water bath otherwise they will keep cooking.

Bain marie cooking is perfect to ensure the puddings don’t overcook, become rubbery or dry out.

four teacups filled with chocolate pudding on a grey cloth with a wooden board of chopped chocolate viewed from above

Budino al Cioccolato is one of those traditional Italian recipes that each family has their own unique way of preparing. However the result is the same comfort food that wraps you up like a big thick blanket.

I consider myself fortunate to have been taught lots of family recipes like risotto, minestrone or ragù pasta sauce. This Budino al Cioccolato pays homage to those who have gone before us and left memories of great food, made with love which ultimately is what Italian food is all about.

chocolate pudding in a teacups with a heaped spoonful of pudding resting on the top of the cup

Chocolate Budino

Italian Chocolate Budino is a rich, smooth, Italian style baked pudding that is not overly sweet. It's the perfect ending to a special meal and is guaranteed to please both children and adults alike.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings:6 servings
Author: Marcellina


  • butter for greasing cups/ramekins
  • 8 ounces (250 grams) semi sweet (dark) chocolate see notes
  • cup (160mls) whole milk
  • ¼ cup (50 grams) granulated white sugar
  • 1 ½ cups (360mls) heavy cream
  • ¼ cup (60mls) espresso coffee
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk at room temperature
  • pinch salt


  • Preheat oven to 325ºF/165ºC.
  • Butter 6 x ¾ cup ramekins.
  • Line a baking dish with baking paper or a kitchen towel. Set the cups/ramekins on the baking paper or kitchen towel. This will stop the puddings sliding around when you pour the water in.
  • Have ready a kettle of boiling water.
  • In a large saucepan combine semi sweet chocolate, milk and sugar. Heat gently until chocolate melts and sugar is dissolved stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Whisk in remaining ingredients.
  • Pour mixture through a sieve into a large jug or another saucepan. Sieving catches any unmelted chocolate or cooked egg bits.
  • Evenly divide between the ramekins. Pour boiling water into baking pan until halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes until set on the outside and slightly wobbly in the middle.
  • Remove from the oven and remove ramekins from boiling water. Set aside to cool. Serve chocolate budino warm or at room temperature.


Tips for Success
  • Use semi-sweet chocolate with 70% cocoa if you prefer a less sweet pudding. Otherwise, choose the chocolate of your preference.
  • Budino is best served warm or at room temperature. However, these can be made ahead, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed. To serve warm each budino in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds.
Tried this recipe? Give it a star rating and leave a comment below!

Nutritional Estimate Per Serving

Calories: 457kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 157mg | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 352mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 785IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 4.3mg

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Nutritional information is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. For accurate results, it is recommended that the nutritional information be calculated based on the ingredients and brands you use.

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  1. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I plan to make this and cant wait but I have a quick question. How is the consistency of the Budino? is it like a pudding or like cheese cake?

    1. Hi Michelle! Budino is like a thick pudding – not like cheesecake but spoonable and creamy more like thickened cream. Hope that helps!

  2. 5 stars
    I made this in an 9″ springform pan. I increased all the ingredients by 50% (8oz of chocolate become 12, 2/3 cup milk became 1 cup, etc). I used 3 whole eggs, plus one yolk. I also added 4 oz of cream cheese that I melted with chocolate. (I was trying to add more thickness, but I might leave it out next time.)
    I made a graham cracker crust with added cocoa powder, pressed it into the bottom and up the sides and baked it for 8 minutes at 350 before filling. I poured the budino into the crust and baked in a hot (water bath for 80 min at 325. Then I took it out of the bath and baked for 10 minutes longer. It came out great. Would recommend.

  3. 5 stars
    Marcellina, this pudding looks so creamy and delicious! So cool how your dad would make it for breakfast on the weekend. I would definitely get out of bed for this!

  4. Don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but I always make an exception for chocolate. ? Happy Valentine’s Day!

  5. So simple, and so flavorful! Can’t wait to try this. I am a true believer that every meal needs “closure.“ Just a little something to finish things off… This Budino fits the bill perfectly!

  6. My mom used to make something similar, but add some rum to it too. I need to make this soon.

  7. Delicious!
    One quick question:
    You write: “cut 3 slits” in the parchment. What is the need for 3 slots and where in the sheet of paper do you cut the slits?
    Is it just to make sure that the paper doesn’t float atop the water that’s added to the pan?

    1. The paper stops the water splashing onto the puddings and yes the slits make sure the paper sits and the water doesn’t push it up as it heats. Thanks, I will add this to my notes.

  8. 5 stars
    Oh, Marcellina, this looks absolutely divine! A dessert I am so excited to make for my family soon xx

  9. 5 stars
    Oh wow Marcellina! This looks soooooooo good I could eat it right through my phone! Pinning for Valentines Day ??? xx