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Hot Fudge Cake Recipe

Hot Fudge Cake Recipe

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. YIELD:9 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece (calculated without whipped cream and ice cream) equals 253 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 171 mg sodium, 54 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Reviews for Hot Fudge Cake

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MY REVIEW
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, however.......it 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."

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
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"

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2015

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

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2014

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

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2014

"One word comes to mind..Delicious!!! Everyone loved it

..will definitely be making this again!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2014

"It tasted great! As mentioned in a previous comment, just watch how full you fill the pan. The cake rises more than you would expect and the fudge can overflow onto the bottom of the oven. Still tasted amazing though, the whole family loved it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2014

"Yummy! Not at all what I expected......thought the liquid fudge would be on top, but it was underneath and somehow the cake moved to the top! It is sooooooo good with vanilla ice cream. Will definitely make this again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2014

"This is delicious! I've been making this recipe since i was given it by a friend & became hooked on Taste of Home! I always have to double, triple, or quadruple the recipe. Warning if you do that - don't fill your pans very full - it makes a mess in the oven. :P It always 'grows' more than I think. Our favorite is to put whipped topping on it or ice cream. I like the idea of using coffe in place of the water to make a mocha fudge cake."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2013

"This is good! When I want to make an easy-to-put-together dessert I make this. The hot fudge on the bottom turns this into a warm, comforting treat."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2013

"This is a classic recipe! It is so good with vanilla ice cream! I add a little ground cinnamon to the batter."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2013

"I made it for our residents at our assisted living community and they loved it :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2013

"I like this but I would try it next time with half water and half coffee to add a little extra flavor and maybe drizzle melted chocolate or caramel over top to add a little something."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2013

"Absolutely delicious! Will make it again. It was super simple to prepare!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

"We didnt care much for this. Will not make again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"Absolulte FIRST RATE dessert. Sure to impresss your guests. Easy, decadent, not overly sweet. FABULOUS!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"Warm fudgy goodness! And so easy."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2012

"So easy and so good! The cake batter cooks and floats to the top creating a gooey fudge sauce on the bottom that can be spooned over icecream! Fantastic! Everyone always thinks it taste like it should be harder to make"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2012

"So simple yet tastes great! My family of 6 ate it all in one night! I tasted really rich but was is actually a light dessert according to the nutrition facts. Moist and great served warm, I will definitely be making this again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2011

"One of the best desserts I've ever made. I always make it for friends and relatives when visiting out of state."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2011

"This is great when it's still hot."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2011

"I use recipes from Taste of Homes almost every week for a Catering class I teach in High School.....This one was really bad. I would never make it again,,,,we had to throw away 3 of them"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2011

"I love this cake. I make this when im in the mood for something rich that i can make fast. I usually have the ingredients on hand. I was nervous the first time because i couldnt imagine how it would turn out. I followed it exactly and wont change a thing."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2011

"I have to say I was a little nervous making this for my girlfriends birthday after the reviews I saw..well the secret is to cook it for 2 hours on low and turn slow cooker off and let it sit for at least 4 hours before serving (I turned the slow cooker back on during dinner so it was warm when served) It was amazing..sweet and rich but amazing..served it with frozen vanilla yogurt...everyone's slow cooker is different so just keep an eye on it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"I've been making this for years! My family loves it served with vanilla icecream."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2011

"Super easy to make but looked kind of gross coming out of the oven so I wouldn't use it if presentation was an issue. The mix of pudding like texture and cake like texture was a turn off."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2010

"SUPER yummy but a little too pudding like. Next time I will use slightly less water to see if that helps"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2010

"Hve been making this for a long time. We all love it! I use fat free milk, and no one knows the difference."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2010

"I would give this recipe 10 stars if I could. Absolutely delicious! It isn't overly sweet or chocolately. Perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2009

"This thing is soooo amazing & so easy. It's much better than those Molten Lava Cakes that Jack n' the Box sells for $4 a pop. We all love this."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2009

"This cake couldn't be better! It also couldn't be easier!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2009

"My Mom used to make this when I was growing up. We used to put canned milk over it. Now we use ice cream or whipped cream. Love this dessert!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2009

"I made this cake by substituting VANILLA SOY MILK for the REGULAR milk so that my son, (who has peanut, dairy, and egg allergies), could enjoy the cake too! There was no difference in taste or texture! Melissa"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2008

"I tried this recipe a few months ago. And it was awesome. I loved it and so did my family. I served it with some icecream. "

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2008

"Ive always wanted to try this recipe but have never gotten around to it.     I think this winter Im definetely going to give it a try."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2008

"This recipe was in the free sample that Taste of Home sent a few years ago; I made this reicpe and have been a subscriber ever since!"

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