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Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

A family favorite from my great-grandmother's recipe collection.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 40 minutes
Total 50 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Calories 314 kcal
Author Michelle


For the Cake:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts optional

For the Topping:

  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • cups hot water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 or 9-inch square baking dish; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Add to the dry mixture the milk, vegetable oil, vanilla and walnuts (if using). Stir with a rubber spatula until combined and spread into an even layer in the prepared pan.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and cocoa powder, and sprinkle over the batter (do not stir!!). Pour the hot water evenly over the cake (do not stir!!).
  4. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes (40 minutes if using 9-inch pan, 45 minutes if using an 8-inch pan) and serve warm. When serving, invert the cake squares onto the plate; the pudding sauce will be on top.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition Facts
Hot Fudge Pudding Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 314 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 79mg3%
Potassium 257mg7%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 35g39%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 20IU0%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.