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
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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 (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.


  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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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."

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!"

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!"

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"

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!"

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