Sunday, January 24, 2010

Hot Fudge Cake

I'm not much of a cake person. Never have been. I prefer cookies, pastries and pies. But this cake is so much more than cake. It's gooey chocolate goodness baked in a pan. And you mix it up right in the pan too. How's that for convenient?

I once made two pans of this cake for a youth activity held at our house. I thought some of the teenage boys were going to cry from the deliciousness of it. Seriously, some of them were scraping up the remains from the pan with spoons. And I can't blame them. If they hadn't scraped it up, I would have after they left. Selfish boys.

Here's the recipe:

2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 TBSP cocoa
4 teas baking powder
1/2 teas salt

Mix these dry ingredients up in an ungreased 9x13 pan. A fork or whisk works best for this.

To this add:
1 cup milk
4 TBSP oil
2 teas vanilla

Stir until smooth. Add 1 cup chopped nuts and spread evenly in pan.

Over this sprinkle 1 1/2 cups brown sugar and 1/2 cup cocoa

Pour 3 1/2 cups hot water over all.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. The cake will pull away from the edges of the pan and the wonderful hot fudge sauce will bubble up on the sides. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

This is what the cake looks like after you've dug into it. The water seeps through the batter and forms the most delicious fudgy sauce you can imagine. It's simply wonderful over vanilla icecream.

My mom made this for special occasions as I was growing up. But you don't have to wait for a special occasion. You probably have the ingredients right in your pantry. So whip up a pan of this warm delight now. I mean it. Don't wait.

This recipe is linked to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday over at Blessed with Grace. Hop on over there and check out some more delicious recipes.


  1. Oh. Oh my. This looks irresistable. Oh my. I'm trying to lose weight, and you are REALLY not helping matters by posting this! :) Yum.

  2. Oh yeah my special occasion oh look I'm up and the pantry has these items. I just love that last picture! Yum!

  3. Oh my goodness!! I have never made or had this recipe. I am in LOVE. How easy to do it all in one pan. Thanks so much for sharing such yummy goodness with us for TMTT!

  4. That is my kind of recipe, ONE PAN! No messy clean up. Thanks for sharing.

  5. This looks so good!!! What an interesting way to make it. I totally want to try this.

  6. I made this the other night - it was wonderful!

    It did bubble up and drip all over my oven (sigh). Next time, I'll put a jelly-roll pan under it to catch any spill-over.

    It was delicious and oh so easy!! I love that everything was in my pantry just waiting to be mixed together!

    Thanks for sharing!!!

  7. I made this dessert on Superbowl Sunday (because we were snowed in!), and my family loved it! I didn't have any nuts, but it still tasted great!