Easy Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

Super easy, self-saucing chocolate pudding cake! The perfect amount of sweetness. While baking, this dessert separates into a layer of delicious chocolate cake over the top of rich, hot fudge pudding. This pudding cake is sure to impress! Serve with vanilla ice cream for the best chocolate dessert!

Super easy, self-saucing chocolate pudding cake! The perfect amount of sweetness. While baking, this dessert separates into a layer of delicious chocolate cake over the top of rich, hot fudge pudding. This pudding cake is sure to impress! Serve with vanilla ice cream for the best chocolate dessert!

Growing up, I remember my mom making chocolate pudding cake! I loved it so much! I recently had a craving for it, so I gave my mom a call. In true fashion, my mom didn’t know the exact recipe because she never writes any of her recipes down. She’s a wing it kind of gal. She gave me some pointers and I went to recipe testing. Well, we nailed it!!

My mom and I both like there to be a lot of pudding and a thin layer of cake. It’s just best that way. It’s so saucy!! And once the cake cools, it starts to absorb some of the pudding, so the more pudding, the better. So, when making the cake, it may seem like a lot of liquid, but trust me, it will work out perfectly.

Super easy, self-saucing chocolate pudding cake! The perfect amount of sweetness. While baking, this dessert separates into a layer of delicious chocolate cake over the top of rich, hot fudge pudding. This pudding cake is sure to impress! Serve with vanilla ice cream for the best chocolate dessert!

Ingredients.

Flour. Just all-purpose flour works great.

Unsweetened cocoa powder. I use Hershey’s Unsweetened Cocoa 100% cacao.

Sugar. White granulated sugar for the cake and brown sugar for the hot fudge pudding.

Baking soda. To help the cake rise.

Salt. All dessert needs salt to balance the sweetness.

Milk. I recommend whole or 2%.

Butter. For both the cake and pudding. I always use salted when baking and cooking, but you can also unsalted.

Vegetable oil. To help keep the cake moist.

Vanilla extract. For extra flavor.

Instant espresso powder. I like to add one teaspoon of instant espresso powder to chocolate desserts. Coffee enhances the flavor of chocolate, but the small amount won’t make the cake taste like coffee.

Water. Two cups of water to make the pudding. It seems like it’s a lot, but trust me, it’s the perfect amount.

Tips & tricks.

When you remove the dessert from the oven, let the it cool before serving. Let the dessert cool for at least 15 minutes, but ideally 30 minutes. If you scoop into the dessert after about 15 minutes of cooling, the pudding will be consistency of hot fudge. After about 30 minutes, it’ll be more like pudding consistency and what you see in the pictures.

Reheat in the microwave. As the dessert sits, the pudding starts to absorb into the cake. So, if you have leftovers, I recommend reheating the dessert before serving again. Dish up one serving in a bowl and microwave for about 30-45 seconds. The pudding will warm up and thin back out.

Super easy, self-saucing chocolate pudding cake! The perfect amount of sweetness. While baking, this dessert separates into a layer of delicious chocolate cake over the top of rich, hot fudge pudding. This pudding cake is sure to impress! Serve with vanilla ice cream for the best chocolate dessert!

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Easy Eggless Tiramisu

Dark Chocolate Mocha Chip Cookies

Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Super easy, self-saucing chocolate pudding cake! The perfect amount of sweetness. While baking, this dessert separates into a layer of delicious chocolate cake over the top of rich, hot fudge pudding. This pudding cake is sure to impress! Serve with vanilla ice cream for the best chocolate dessert!

Easy Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

Super easy, self-saucing chocolate pudding cake! The perfect amount of sweetness. While baking, this dessert separates into a layer of delicious chocolate cake over the top of rich, hot fudge pudding. This pudding cake is sure to impress! Serve with vanilla ice cream for the best chocolate dessert!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 8 people

Ingredients
  

Chocolate cake

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder (optional)
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Hot fudge pudding

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

Chocolate cake

  • Preheat oven to 350 degress F. Lightly grease a 9 x 9 inch or larger baking dish with butter (ideally smaller than a 9 x 13 inch baking dish).
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and instant espresso powder.
  • Add the milk, butter, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients. Whisk until smooth and combined. Pour into the prepared baking dish and spread into an even layer. Set aside.

Hot fudge pudding

  • Add all of the pudding ingredients to a small saucepan over medium-hight heat. Whisk frequently until combined and lightly simmering, about 5 minutes.
  • Gently pour the liquid all over the top of the cake batter. Do NOT mix together. The liquid should sit on top.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the top of the cake is set and cracked and is pulling away from the sides. Remove from the oven (the cake will jiggle because of the pudding below) and let cool for 30 minutes before serving.
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Tara Sykes
Tara Sykes
1 month ago

5 stars
This is sooo good! I needed something chocolatey and this did it!
I only had an 8×8 or 9×13 pan, so I used the 9×13, I just baked it for 25 minutes!! Turned out perfect!!