Hot Fudge Pudding Cake


Indulge your inner chocoholic with the ultimate chocolate lover’s dream – a hot fudge pudding cake! This sensational dessert hides a secret layer of decadent fudge sauce inside a moist, chocolatey cake. One bite melts in your mouth with rich fudgy pleasure.

What Gives This Cake Its Magic?

The beauty of hot fudge pudding cake lies in its simple preparation. A quick whisk blends pantry staples like flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and sugar to form a luscious batter. After pouring this mixture into a baking pan, the true magic happens. A sprinkle of brown sugar and extra cocoa creates the “pudding” effect by sinking during baking, transforming into an ultra thick, gooey fudge sauce. The result? Chocolate bliss in every bite!

How Do You Bake This Sweet Surprise?

Creating this blissful cake could not get easier thanks to its short 5 minute prep time. After mixing the simple batter and layering the sugar/cocoa mixture on top, hot water gets poured over everything. No stirring required! The water creates steam to perfectly bake the cake for 35-40 minutes while the cocoa blend melts into fudgy sauce. Then, chocolate nirvana is ready to devour.

What Is Hot Fudge Pudding Cake’s Secret Weapon?

The secret weapon yielding this cake’s irresistible fudginess is using both white and brown sugars. While granulated sugar lends sweetness, the brown sugar’s moisture and molasses notes enrich the chocolate for next-level decadence. Between the sugar duo, extra cocoa, and steam the hot water produces, it ensures every slice oozes with melted chocolate sauce.

What’s the Best Way to Devour This Decadence?

However you slice into this drool-worthy cake, it’s bound to satisfy all chocolate cravings. For endless flavor ideas, swap in chocolate chips or swirled peanut butter batter. Or go classic by topping slices with ice cream and caramel for a textbook chocolate overload! Leftovers (if they exist!) store nicely in the fridge or freezer. Simply reheat slices whenever that chocolate hankering hits. No matter how you enjoy it, this cake promises fudgy, chocolate fun in each mouthwatering bite!


Chocolate Cake:
  • Sugar of choice: 3/4 cup (options include white, brown, coconut, or sugar-free substitutes)
  • Gluten-free all-purpose flour: 1 cup
  • Cocoa powder: 1/4 cup
  • Baking powder: 2 teaspoons
  • Salt: 1/4 teaspoon
  • Milk of choice (e.g., unsweetened almond milk): 1/2 cup
  • Vanilla extract: 1 teaspoon
  • Melted butter or margarine (vegan butter used here): 1/3 cup
Hot Fudge Sauce:
  • Sugar of choice: 1/2 cup (options include white, brown, coconut, or sugar-free substitutes)
  • Brown sugar or coconut sugar: 1/2 cup
  • Cocoa powder: 1/4 cup
  • Hot water: 1 1/4 cups


  1. Preheat your oven to 180C/350F. Grease a 9 x 13-inch pan.
  2. Mix all cake ingredients in a large bowl until combined, then transfer to the greased pan.
  3. For the fudge sauce, mix all ingredients except hot water in a separate bowl. Sprinkle this mix over the cake, then gently pour hot water on top. Do not mix.
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the top is just set. Let it cool for 15 minutes before serving.


  • Sugar-free substitutes include erythritol, monk fruit sweetener, and sugar-free brown sugar.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Best enjoyed warm.
  • Freeze up to 6 months. Thaw overnight and reheat as directed.
  • Reheat in the microwave or preheated oven. The cake becomes moist as it absorbs the fudge sauce.