Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Chocolate Pudding Cake

Chocolate pudding cake is a decadent dessert that has long been a favorite of mine. As a child, I remember having on Sunday evenings. 

This old fashioned pudding cake is reminiscent of a time when the typical home cook had no fancy tools or ingredients at their disposal. They took basic everyday ingredients and made some dang good food. 

The cake is sometimes called hot fudge sundae cake, or hot fudge pudding cake, with good reason. As it bakes it creates hot fudge sauce. A serving of this pudding cake pairs perfectly with a scoop of ice cream.

chocolate pudding cake

It's really magic how it all comes together. You mix up the batter and pour it in a pan, then sprinkle it with a cocoa and brown sugar mixture. Then pour hot water on top. 

As it bakes the layers flip flop. The liquid sinks to the bottom to create a delectable hot fudge sauce and the cake floats to the top. The in-between part becomes a ooey gooey puddingy bite of mouthwatering deliciousness. 

Chocolate Pudding Cake

Chocolate pudding cake is a combination of cake, pudding and hot fudge sauce. What's not to like?!

If you love lava cake, this is kind of like a family sized chocolate lava cake. It's a great alternative if you don't have ramekins. And even if you do, you'll still want to give this a try. 
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  • flour
  • sugar
  • cocoa
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • milk
  • vegetable oil
  • vanilla
  • brown sugar
  • water



dry ingredients for hot fudge sundae cake

In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, 1/4 cup of the cocoa, baking powder and salt. 

adding wet ingredients to hot fudge pudding cake

Stir in milk, oil and vanilla.

pouring cake batter into a pan

Pour into an ungreased pan. Then mix together the remaining 1 cup of cocoa with the brown sugar. Sprinkle this mixture on top of the cake batter.

sprinkling cocoa and brown sugar mixture over cake batter

Next, pour very hot tap water on top. DO NOT STIR!! Place in the oven to bake. 

pouring water on cake batter

The pudding mixture will sometimes boil up out of the pan a little as it's baking. So I like to place it on a baking sheet to bake to catch any spills.

family sized pan of chocolate lava cake

Let cool for about half an hour and the chocolate liquid at the bottom of the pan will thicken into a hot fudge sauce consistency. (If you don't let it cool, it will be very runny.)

Enjoy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream!

chocolate pudding cake with a scoop of ice cream on top



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Chocolate Pudding Cake

Chocolate Pudding Cake

Servings: 12
Author: Rachel
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 40 MinInactive time: 30 MinTotal time: 1 H & 19 M
This delectable hot fudge cake is made using regular everyday ingredients. Picture a delicious pudding cake baking in hot fudge sauce. It's so easy and so good!


  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. cocoa
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1/4 c. vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. brown sugar
  • 1 c. cocoa
  • 3 1/2 c. hottest tap water


  1. Combine the flour, sugar, 1/4 cup of cocoa, baking powder and salt.
  2. Stir in milk, oil and vanilla.
  3. Pour into an ungreased 9 X 13 pan.
  4. In a bowl, mix together the brown sugar and 1 cup of cocoa. Sprinkle this over the cake batter in the pan.
  5. Now pour the hot tap water over the entire thing. 
  6. DO NOT STIR!!
  7. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. 
  8. Let cool 30 minutes and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.


Sometimes the cake will boil over as it bakes. I place it on a baking sheet to catch any drips.

Letting the cake cool is important. If eaten straight away, the chocolate under the cake will be quite liquidy. Letting it cool for about 30 minutes will allow it to thicken into a nice hot fudge sauce.

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