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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


  • 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


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

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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!"

efwynne User ID: 4092460 6162
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2014

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

..will definitely be making this again!!"

JKvigne User ID: 6814027 7813
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!"

luigimon User ID: 1692040 11112
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!"

mdbull4 User ID: 3722378 5392
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."

tammycookblogsbooks User ID: 7112115 3467
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."

momtomatt User ID: 1197551 3466
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."

Kathy H User ID: 859463 5379
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2013

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

kerrizims User ID: 2706618 199740
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."

sewmom8 User ID: 841908 7218
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2013

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

sd20 User ID: 5560294 8825
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

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

jamietrow User ID: 7141234 5131
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

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

luann8190 User ID: 6756458 8232
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"Warm fudgy goodness! And so easy."

baristababe User ID: 6052912 7771
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"

1275 User ID: 6324211 3465
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!"

jonell987 User ID: 5696001 6362
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."

deajoh User ID: 2238135 7010
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2011

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

carlaclark3 User ID: 3000373 8231
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"

pepperkosh User ID: 4467834 7770
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."

Okanagan Girl User ID: 5540734 8687
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."

CristaandScott User ID: 5736520 5121
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

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

kbabe819 User ID: 3846515 6106
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."

tracy977 User ID: 885345 11111
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"

BarbieVA User ID: 3388747 2673
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."

nursekimlovesray User ID: 1396185 3455
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."

littleann1 User ID: 1709381 7769
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."

JillAndLea User ID: 1675407 8821
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2009

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

radcook User ID: 1444409 3448
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!"

missi.nelson User ID: 1480791 6453
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"

lisar099 User ID: 3199060 6450
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. "

Leesa287 User ID: 47180 2669
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."

mattnat User ID: 1289464 5120
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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