Healthy Hot Fudge Pudding Cake Recipe
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Healthy Hot Fudge Pudding Cake Recipe

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“My mom used to make a recipe like this when I was younger. I decided to make some healthy changes, and this version is as good, if not better than the original. Being a dietitian, I love to come up with ways to lighten up recipes. I would bake all the time if I could!” Jackie Termont - Elkhart, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup baking cocoa, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/3 cup prune baby food
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups boiling water

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 196 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 164mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons cocoa, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, combine the milk, baby food and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Spread into an 8-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  2. Combine brown sugar with remaining sugar and cocoa; sprinkle over the batter. Carefully pour water over the top (do not stir). Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 28-32 minutes or until top is set and edges pull away from sides of dish. Serve warm. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Hot Fudge Pudding Cake in Healthy Cooking December/January 2009, p31

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Foreverdixie User ID: 6641314 176716
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2012

"This was a great recipe. Everyone liked it; you could still taste a little of the plum puree in it, but it was very chocolatey."

rmhuston60 User ID: 4257474 181329
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2012

"Absolutely loved. Very tasty. Can't wait to make again."

rmhuston60 User ID: 4257474 96694
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2012

"Absolutely loved, so good and tasty. Even my son loved it. Can't wait to make it again."

Kellieflory User ID: 4279200 210331
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2012

"Prune taste was disgusting, might be worth trying applesauce, but not worth the work since first try was horrible"

thinmama40 User ID: 1381957 176711
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2012

"Made this for the first time and will definitely be making it many more times. My entire family loved it-including my pickiest eater!"

katiemarg User ID: 3657955 109973
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2011

"While the consistency of this cake was really good, it didn't taste a thing like hot fudge. The prune flavor overwhelmed the whole cake. I don't know how this passed TOH's test kitchen, but please don't waste your time or ingredients on it."

mrssmif User ID: 991705 109972
Reviewed May. 3, 2011

"My family really did not care for this. They kept asking what the weird taste was, I'm assuming it was the prunes. I wonder if it would taste any different using applesauce? I will not be making it again to find out. Too bad, we really wanted to love it..."

marie56 User ID: 1243221 96690
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

"Very yummy! I used applesauce for the prunes as I had it in my pantry. Wonderful chocolate dessert!"

BevinCA User ID: 3613202 96689
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010

"Very, very good!! I used to make the original (full-fat) version of this recipe. I love the fact that we can enjoy it in a healthier version--and it's a great portion size. Not a bite-size dessert. My whole family LOVES this recipe. We top it with Light Whipped Cream. Highly recommend for that chocolate craving when you are trying to eat healthier."

jennbjudd User ID: 2087532 93800
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2010

"This was so easy and turned out great. Does anyone know how it is leftover?"

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