Hot fudge pudding cake in a serving bowl with a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of fudge on top

The Best Hot Fudge Gooey Pudding Cake

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Can you think of a more delicious dessert than a gooey pudding cake with hot fudge? I know I can’t! With gooey chocolate cake and a sweet, chocolatey fudge sauce, this is the decadent chocolate dessert of your dreams!

Hot. Fudge. Pudding. Cake. Need I say more?! This gooey pudding cake is the perfect dessert when you have a chocolate craving. Picture this: a moist cake with a gooey, rich hot fudge sauce oozing from every bite. It’s the ultimate treat for chocolate lovers! This hot fudge cake has the perfect balance of sweetness and decadence. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply satisfying your sweet tooth cravings, this hot fudge cake recipe is sure to impress. If you’re craving chocolate or need a dessert to entertain, look no further than this hot fudge gooey pudding cake recipe.

This hot fudge pudding cake is really easy to make – it’s almost as easy as using a box cake mix, and it tastes 1,000 times better! To make this chocolate dessert, start by boiling some water. You can do this while you’re prepping the cake. In a mixing bowl, combine your dry cake ingredients – flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Next, you will add in your milk, butter, and vanilla. Whisk them all together until your cake batter is smooth, then pour into your prepared baking dish, but don’t pop it into the oven just yet. In a separate mixing bowl, mix together sugar, brown sugar, and cocoa powder and sprinkle it on top of the cake, then slowly pour the boiling water over the top. The next part is super important – don’t mix it in! The boiling water will sit on top of the cake. That’s exactly what you want to happen! Now your cake is ready to go into the oven. After it bakes, serve it warm with a scoop of ice cream and you have the perfect hot fudge pudding cake dessert!

Why You’ll Love This Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

  • This hot fudge pudding cake is gooey, chocolatey, and delicious!
  • This gooey pudding cake is super easy to make.
  • It takes less than an hour to make this hot fudge cake recipe.
  • Gooey hot fudge pudding cake will satisfy all of your chocolate cravings!
  • This cake recipe is perfect for entertaining.
  • It pairs well with just about anything!

Ingredients For Your Amazing Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

Cake

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Fudge Sauce

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cups boiling water

How to Make Your Delicious Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly grease a 9-inch square baking pan. Pre-boil water while preparing the cake.

Step 2: Combine 1/2 cup granulated sugar with flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Add the milk, butter, and vanilla, and whisk until smooth.

Step 3: Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan or dish and spread evenly.

Step 4: Combine the remaining 1/2 cup white sugar, brown sugar, and remaining 3 tablespoons cocoa powder. Evenly sprinkle the mixture over the batter. Slowly pour the boiling water over the top (DO NOT STIR OR MIX INTO THE BATTER. ALLOW THE WATER TO SIT ON TOP).

Step 5: Bake in a preheated oven for 35 minutes or until the center is almost set. Remove from oven. Allow cooling for 15 minutes.

Step 6: Serve warm with ice cream and a spoonful of the hot fudge from the pan. Enjoy!

Hot fudge pudding cake in a serving bowl with a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of fudge on top

What to Serve/Pair with Your Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

My favorite way to serve this gooey pudding cake is with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! If you like peanut butter, you can also melt some peanut butter and drizzle it over the top. You could do this with caramel sauce, as well. That’s the best thing about chocolate – it goes with everything! You can even add some strawberries on top for a chocolate covered strawberry type of dessert.

Popular Substitutions & Additions

To add some salty flavor into this sweet mixture, try topping with a little flaky sea salt. Add melted peanut butter or caramel sauce over the top when it is finished baking for some extra sweetness. You also can’t go wrong with a little whipped cream!

Storage & Leftovers

Store leftover hot fudge pudding cake in a sealed container. You can store it at room temperature if you plan to enjoy it in a day or two, but if it will be longer than that, you’ll want to keep it in the fridge. You can reheat this cake in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds to enjoy it warm.

FAQs

Is this like molten chocolate cake?

This is similar to a molten chocolate cake, but not quite the same. With molten chocolate cake, the hot fudge usually comes out of the middle. In this gooey pudding cake, the hot fudge is all throughout the cake!

What is a pudding cake?

A pudding cake is a cake that is extra moist and almost has a pudding texture.

Can I use a cake mix instead of making my own?

No, for this recipe to have the correct consistency and taste you’ll want to make your own, but it’s super simple, I promise!

close up photo of hot fudge pudding cake on a spoon for eating

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Hot fudge pudding cake in a serving bowl with a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of fudge on top

The Best Hot Fudge Gooey Pudding Cake

April King
Can you think of a more delicious dessert than a gooey pudding cake with hot fudge? I know I can’t! With gooey chocolate cake and a sweet, chocolatey fudge sauce, this is the decadent chocolate dessert of your dreams!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

Cake

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Fudge Sauce

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cups boiling water

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly grease a 9-inch square baking pan. Pre-boil water while preparing cake.
  • Combine 1/2 cup granulated sugar with flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Add in the milk, butter and vanilla, whisk until smooth.
  • Pour the batter into prepared baking pan or dish and spread evenly.
  • Combine the remaining 1/2 cup white sugar, brown sugar and remaining 3 tablespoons cocoa powder. Evenly sprinkle mixture over the batter. Slowly pour the boiling water over the top (DO NOT STIR OR MIX INTO THE BATTER. ALLOW THE WATER TO SIT ON TOP).
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 35 minutes or until the center is almost set. Remove from oven. Allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  • Serve warm with ice cream and a spoonful of the hot fudge from the pan. Enjoy!
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