Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

There’s something about this warm chocolate dessert that is both decadent and so comfortingly simple at the same time. I’ve taken this classic dessert that I’ve made for years from a 1970’s edition of the Betty Crocker’s Cookbook (My mom got one of these timeless cookbooks for a wedding gift and I now have my own treasured copy that I found on Ebay) and added a bit of flair to it: more cocoa, less sugar (don’t worry – it’s still got plenty!) and a touch of cinnamon. It’s easy enough to whip up for a quick weeknight dessert, and fancy enough to serve to company.

My well-worn Betty Crocker cookbook has a place of honor in my kitchen!

Even with less sugar than the original recipe, this Hot Fudge Pudding Cake is still quite rich. It is delicious all on it’s own, but it’s even better with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream served alongside. If you do happen to have any left overs, it’s fine served cold straight from the fridge the next day, but I like to give it a quick warm up in the microwave. And a fresh dollop of whipped cream before devouring, of course.

Now, without further ado, let’s get baking!

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Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

Prep time: 15 minutes Bake Time:35 minutes Rest Time: 10 minutes Total time: 1 hour Serves 8
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Chocolate, Chocolate Dessert, Desserts for Beginners, Easy Desserts, Hot Fudge Pudding Cake, Pudding Cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Author Cara


  • 1 Cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 TBLS cocoa
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 TBLS oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • 1 ¾ cup very hot water


  • Heat oven to 375°. Grease a square 9x9 pan. In a kettle or pot, start 1 ¾ cups water heating.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, 2 TBLS cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir in the milk, vanilla, and oil until well blended. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together the brown sugar and cocoa. Sprinkle evenly over the batter. Carefully pour the very hot (near boiling) water over top.
  • Carefully place the pan in the oven. Bake for 35 minutes or until the cake part is set. The delicious hot fudge sauce will have magically appeared on the bottom of the pan underneath the cake, just waiting to ooze out in fudgy goodness when you scoop into the dessert!
  • Serve warm with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  • Enjoy!

Have fun making this dessert, and even more fun eating it! Let me know in the comments what you think, and if you love this recipe, make sure to share it with a friend!

P.S. If you want your own copy of the classic Betty Crocker cookbook, I found this cute replica that is available on Amazon (Amazon Affiliate Link)

Happy baking!

2 thoughts on “Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

  1. Oh yeah this is a favorite of any Dyck. Mom made this many times and we always devoured it. We fondly called it Double Fudge Pudding.

    Thanks for sharing, Cara

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