Hot Fudge Cake Recipe
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Hot Fudge Cake Recipe

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Here's a wonderful way to top off a great meal—a rich chocolaty cake that's not overly sweet. Mom served it with a scoop of ice cream or cream poured over. I'd always have room for a serving of Hot Fudge Cake. —Vera Reid, Laramie, Wyoming
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons baking cocoa, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups hot water
  • Ice cream or whipped cream, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 253 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 171mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk milk, oil and vanilla until blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened.
  2. Transfer to an ungreased 9-in. square baking pan. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and remaining cocoa; sprinkle over batter. Pour hot water over all; do not stir.
  3. Bake 35-40 minutes. Serve warm. If desired, top with ice cream. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Hot Fudge Cake in Taste of Home April/May 1994, p37

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momstable User ID: 4297081 263261
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2017

"Began making this in the 70's - it was called Brownie Pudding then!"

littlealexwoman User ID: 4899607 260757
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2017

"I stopped to read about this recipe and it sounded so familiar so I checked my older recipe box, the one I used most when I had a full family to cook for. There it was! The exact ingredients and measurements. I know I made this recipe when my 54 year old daughter was 2 years old, so 1964.. I do not remember where I originally found the recipe, but I made it often because it did not need any special or expensive ingredients. And, it was so good warm with ice cream or slightly cooler with whipped cream. A real chocolate fix."

odie205 User ID: 8787865 244635
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2016

"Made this for our daughter's Birthday party ( we are all dieting ). Everyone loved it. Most comments were, "Doesn't taste lo cal" and "It's not too sweet". This is a keeper! Very easy to make, boiled over like a fruit pie and made a mess of my oven, AND set off the smoke detector. Next time I'll put a pan or foil under it in the oven."

meliss.beyer User ID: 7101887 241528
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2016

"My mom made this for dessert last night. She said it was very easy to make and she had all of the ingredients already on hand. Everyone liked it. My sister thought it was very rich and chocolatey. I personally thought it could have had more of a chocolate flavor. It was good, especially warm with vanilla ice cream!"

JMelissaMc User ID: 2865278 227751
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2015

"I have made this many times since 1994, and it is always a hit! I prefer it topped with Cool Whip or Half & Half. This gives me my chocolate fix!"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 227583
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2015

"I made this recipe for the first time! I used 1/2 tsp. salt! I used 1/2 cup evaporated milk which I soured with 1 Tbsp. cider vinegar. I sifted the flour, sugar, 2 Tbsp. baking cocoa, the baking powder and 1/2 tsp. salt together! I combined the brown sugar with remaining cocoa & kept the oil, vanilla and hot water the same amounts. I purposely greased and floured the baking pan for easier removal of cake. This recipe is JUST WONDERFUL! It is so easy to assemble! I baked 40 minutes at 350o F. and the cake tested done!

Thank you, Vera Reid, for this recipe! It's a KEEPER for me! delowenstein"

shannondobos User ID: 5115022 226362
Reviewed May. 15, 2015

"This is a perfect self saucing cake. So easy to make, and a hit with everyone. Great even without ice cream! Eating it cold as leftovers reminds me of cake with pudding drizzled on top. 5 star!"

nbkl84f User ID: 7982014 222276
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2015

"This recipe is fast, easy, and yummy. With items you always have in pantry. My go to with unexpected company."

LBurkey User ID: 3719865 7011
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2014

"This is a yummy, decadent dessert. Is great to serve to company after a wonderful meal."

ReneeMurby User ID: 7119369 7219
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2014

"Everyone practically licked their bowls after this dessert. I did not have a 9x9 so I used an 8x11. I have never used this technique before and I was curious about how it would come out. i topped it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. DELICIOUS!"

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