by Charles Bourland

Chocolate Pudding Cake is one of the popular ISS deserts and is easy to make compared to other space food recipes. The recipes are complex because many ingredients start from scratch and are commercial food service products. Some of the more complex space food recipes were not included in the Astronaut’s Cookbook because the ingredients were not available and special equipment is required to process.

Chocolate Pudding


3/4 cup Devil’s Food cake mix
3 tbsp unsalted butter
1 3/4 cups skim milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp modified food starch (cornstarch may be substituted)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp extra fine granulated sugar
2 oz semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Transfer cake mix to a bowl.
3. Melt 2 tbsp butter and add to the cake mixture.
4. Blend until mixture is moist and cohesive.
5. Press blended mixture evenly onto baking sheets lined with foil. Do not exceed ¼ in. depth.
6. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove cooked dough with foil and allow to cool.
7. Cut cooled crust into approximately 2-in. by 3-in. pieces.
8. Combine¼cupmilk,vanilla, and starch. Mix well and set aside.
9. Add remaining milk, sugar, cocoa, and butter to a saucepan. Mix well and begin heating on medium heat.
10. Add chocolate chips to pan, stirring until melted.
11. Stir starch slurry and add to the mixture. Heat to boiling and remove from heat.
12. To serve, pour chocolate sauce over the crust pieces.

Yield: 6 servings

Note: NASA further processes the Chocolate Pudding Cake by placing the mixture and crust in a retort pouch and thermoprocessing.




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