Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake… A rich delicious cake that is magically develops a hot fudge base at the bottom and is spooned into a bowl for one delectable and gorgeous chocolate flowing cake.

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake... A rich delicious cake that is magically develops a hot fudge base at the bottom and is spooned into a bowl for one delectable and gorgeous chocolate flowing cake.

Chocolate is my obsession! So you can imagine my delight when I discovered this Hot Fudge Pudding Cake. The bottom layer literally transforms into hot fudge when baking, so it is ready to be scooped out immediately and served with ice cream.

This cake was rich and tasted absolutely incredible! If you are a chocolate lover like myself, put this cake on your must try list! It is fabulous!

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake... A rich delicious cake that is magically develops a hot fudge base at the bottom and is spooned into a bowl for one delectable and gorgeous chocolate flowing cake.

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

A rich delicious cake that is magically develops a hot fudge base at the bottom and is spooned into a bowl for one delectable and gorgeous chocolate flowing cake.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Let Stand 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 16
Calories 176kcal


  • 1 1/4 cups hot water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar divided
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Boil water and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 3/4 cup sugar, flour, 1/2 cup cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Add milk, melted butter and vanilla.
  • Spray 9-inch baking dish or an 11x7 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Pour batter into pan.
  • In small mixing bowl, add the rest of the sugar, the rest of the cocoa, and the brown sugar. Stir to incorporate ingredients. Sprinkle this over the chocolate batter in the baking dish.
  • Pour the hot water over the top. Don't stir the water in!
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes or until the center is done.
  • Let stand for 10 minutes and then serve immediately with ice cream.


Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 163mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 131IU | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Stephanie

    what size pan does this recipe use it does not say

    1. Chef in Training

      9 inch baking dish or an 11x7 inch baking dish

  2. Kari

    This looks so decadent! I love gooey chocolate dishes.

  3. Nidhi

    Made it and loved every bit!! Was amazed when I took a spoonful and the choch flowing... Giving a molten lava feel:) thanku

  4. phyllis G.

    love this recipe, one of my fave comfort foods

  5. Barbara

    Does the recipe call for unsweetened cocoa?

    1. Chef in Training

      yes :)

  6. faith villanueva

    Just tried this earlier for my hubby's birthday and it was like heavenly delight! Though it is sweeter than most of the cakes I had and baked before, this will definitely be one of my favorites and a go-to recipe for my hubby since he cannot have eggs in any of his food. I'm sure this will be a hit next time with any of our family gatherings. But will have to cut a bit on the sur though. My kids love it too
    especially that ooey-gooey chocolate at the bottom of the pan. And indeed, goes BEST with ice cream!

  7. Tina buijs


    I love chocolate I will definitely trie this it looks yummy

  8. Dark


    Excellent gooey chocolate taste. Easy to make would like to try to cut out a bit of sugar...but awesome as is if you want a real treat.

  9. Pam

    I have a recipe close to this from my grandmother. I make it for my dad every Thanksgiving and Christmas since my grandmother passed. I've never heated the water though. Wonder if it makes a difference.

  10. thelady

    I tried this recipe last night it was lovely, thanks for the recipe.

  11. Maureen

    Could you prepare it in the morning and put it in the oven 45 minutes before you eat?

  12. Megan

    This is very yummy! Just made it tonight! What I am wondering though-are you supposed to use all of the brown sugar mixture on top? Thank you!! We divided it in half and made a treat for two...yummmm?

  13. Rashi

    When you say Cocoa - I'm supposed to use unsweetened cocoa (like Hintz), right?

  14. Kiki

    I just moved and only have some deeper aluminum pans available hopefully it will work

  15. Mable Ratliff


    Looks delicious

  16. Florence

    It's the cooking time really the same if you use 9inch or 11x17 pan? I would think it would be different? What about a 9x13 pan?

  17. Lorraine

    I made the Hot Fudge Pudding Cake for our family get together. I substituted water for the milk for my Vegan son. It was delicious. We put vanilla ice cream on top and Vegan "ice cream" for my son. Everyone loved it and I will definitely make it again

  18. Valérie

    Hi Nikky,
    This cake looks like the best cake I have ever seen !!! Thanks for the recipe :)

  19. Najma Ali

    Lots of time I tried to make chocolate cake bt does't come right.i m going to make this hope fully ut will be delicious.

  20. meena

    Am new to baking...does brown sugar and cane sugar are the same??

  21. Sara Mikhail


    I love the texture. But the flavour is lacking in richness. It has a bland sweetness. It could be me, but I did follow the directions carefully.

  22. Red

    Made this last night and was a little confused with the boiling hot water at the end, but did as the recipe said.... buddy..... this is a keeper! If you're on the fence about this one, do it. You're guests will love you.

    1. Red

      Also... used a 9"x9" pan

  23. Mark

    I have made a version of this recipe for the last 35 years. It is one of my mom's favorite desserts and when I go to visit her or she comes to me I have to make this for her. It funny she is coming in a few weeks and was thinking about making this and this recipe appears.

  24. Angel

    Can this be made ahead and reheated?

  25. Margaret

    Could this be done in the slow cooker?

  26. Alicia Messenger

    This looks delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love that it's made with 'real' ingredients. I'm a Pampered Chef consultant and make something along these lines in my deep covered baker in the microwave with cake mix and store-bought frosting. Though that's good, I'll bet this is better. I wonder if it would work in the deep covered baker? I can't wait to try your recipe!

  27. Marica

    Making this now and my "batter" is super thick...did I do something wrong?

  28. ashlie

    I want to make this but only have an 8x8 and 9x13, which one would work better and how to adjust the time?

  29. Amanda Green

    This was incredible!! It will be my go to from here on out. I cut out 2 Tbs of sugar from the powder mix and used 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp orange extract in place of the vanilla that's called for. It was like magic how it came out of the oven like a lava cake! Make this.. you won't regret it!!

  30. Sarah L

    Just made this, and it turned out fabulous. I can honestly say it's the best chocolate dessert I've made and I'm always baking. Now I like my chcolate taste to be very rich, I doubled the amount of cocoa for the cake batter. Thanks for sharing.

  31. Diane

    Wonderful taste!! 5 stars!

  32. Miriam

    Could i use hot coffee instead of hot water? I like how it makes the chocolate taste richer....

  33. Shell

    Is the flour plain or selfraising ?

  34. kim

    This is the best hot fudge pudding cake recipe ever. Ive made it several times. Better than the hersheys recipe

  35. kim


    This is the best recipe ever. Ive made it several times

  36. Anna

    Can u make ahead of time for a party

  37. Natalie

    I'm not sure how to tell if its done because it looks like the fudgy part is bubbling towards the top.....?? I hope that ok.