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Healthy Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.


9 servings

My mom used to make a cake like this when I was younger. Being a dietitian I love to come up with ways to lighten a recipe, so I made some healthy changes. This version is as good as, if not better than, the original.&emdash;Jackie Termont, Elkhart, Indiana


  • 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


  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.

Nutrition Facts

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

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  • Foreverdixie
    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
    Mar 9, 2012

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

  • rmhuston60
    Mar 9, 2012

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

  • Kellieflory
    Jan 4, 2012

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

  • thinmama40
    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
    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
    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
    Feb 2, 2011

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

  • taylor
    Jan 5, 2011

    No comment left

  • BevinCA
    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.