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Hot Fudge Pudding Cake


1 hour
Skill Level
9-1/2 cups

You don't need a special occasion to make this decadent hot fudge dessert. This Hot Fudge Pudding Cake recipe is a rich and satisfying after-dinner dessert with simple ingredients that every baker already has on hand. You can even add another layer of deliciousness with REESE’S Peanut Butter Chips in the mix. When you're ready to garnish, a light whipped cream topping or a cool scoop of vanilla ice cream will complement this rich and fudgy pudding cake. Try pairing your Hot Fudge Pudding Cake recipe with a cold glass of milk or a hot cup of coffee for a delicious combo of flavors. Hot fudge is a decadent dessert addition. Get more hot fudge goodness with Upsidedown Hot Fudge Sundae Pie.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
12 minutes
Bake Time
38 minutes
Cool Time
15 minutes


  • 1-1/4 cups
    granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 cup
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup
    HERSHEY'S Cocoa, divided
  • 2 tsps
    baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1/2 cup
  • 1/3 cup
    butter or margarine, melted
  • 1-1/2 tsps
    vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup
    light brown sugar packed
  • 1-1/4 cups
    water hot
  • whipped topping (optional)

Step-By-Step Directions

Equipment Needed 
oven oven
mixing bowls Mixing Bowls
mixer (optional) mixer (optional)
measuring cups measuring cups
rubber spatula rubber spatula
9-inch baking pan 9-inch baking pan
wire racks wire racks

Heat oven to 350°F. Combine 3/4 cup granulated sugar, flour, 1/4 cup cocoa, baking powder and salt. Stir in milk, butter and vanilla; beat until smooth.


Spread batter in ungreased 9-inch square baking pan. Stir together remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar and remaining 1/4 cup cocoa; sprinkle mixture evenly over batter. Pour hot water over top; do not stir.


Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove from oven; let stand 15 minutes. Serve in dessert dishes, spooning sauce from bottom of pan over top. Garnish with whipped topping, if desired. 


Be sure to allow dessert to stand 15 minutes after baking to allow cake to firm and pudding to finish cooking.

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