Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Cake #24: Hot Fudge Cake (Light or Rich)

This is my go-to, too tired to cook dessert that I've been making since I was a teenager. It's as easy as falling down stairs and I guarantee you have everything you need for it in your pantry.

As an added bonus I'm including two recipes, a light and a decadent one. Hopefully one will be a good fit for your dessert needs :-)

Hot Fudge Cake (light)


1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 3/4 cups hot water

Optional: Small handful of chocolate chips can be mixed into the batter. Calories vary depending on what you call a "small handful"


In a medium bowl, combine flour, white sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the milk, oil, and vanilla until smooth. Spread in ungreased 9 inch square baking pan.
Combine brown sugar and 4 tablespoons cocoa; sprinkle over batter in the pan. Pour hot water over all; do not stir.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 35 to 40 minutes. Serve warm.
Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 142 | Total Fat: 2.2g | Cholesterol: < 1mg

This recipe is from Lollychops, and there it goes by "Chocolate Cobbler". The butter makes it a spectacular treat.

Hot Fudge Cake (Rich)

6 Tbl butter 

1 C flour 

1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder 

3/4C sugar 

1/2 C chopped pecans 
(Optional. Good for crunch, bad for silky rich smoothness)
2 TBL baking cocoa 

1/2 C of milk  

1 tsp vanilla 

1/2 C sugar 

1/2 C brown sugar 

1/4 C of baking cocoa 

1 1/2 C of boiling water

1. Melt butter in 13x9 baking pan in a 350 oven. 

2. Combine the flour, salt, baking powder, 3/4 cup of sugar, pecans, 2 Tbl baking cocoa, milk and vanilla in a small bowl;

spoon mixture over the melted butter. DO NOT STIR TO MIX! 

3. Mix remaining sugars and 1/4 cup of cocoa together

 and sprinkle over batter.. DO NOT STIR TO MIX! 
4. Next, pour the boiling water over the top. DO NOT STIR! 

5. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.

Cool and serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.


www.StarHughes.com said...

My oh my Nicole, it's like you were speaking directly to me with this post!!! I don't think I could imagine a more delicious looking and sounding cake! And the two recipes give me a perfect excuse to have double the cake :) Thank you!!!

trooppetrie said...

I just thought man a oreo blizzard or something chocolate would be great. Trying to decide if i want to make this now or tomorow

Mitralee said...

Yum! Got guests coming!! Might be a good plan!

Tiff said...

Not only did the pictures lure me in, but I loved the fact that I really do have everything I need to make this in my pantry! Thanks so much :)

Susan said...

oh my goodness this looks so good! I will have to try this. Love your blog by the way, so many great ideas!

KC Quaretti- Lee said...

This souns just tooooo good to be true. I'm heading into the kitchen to make it right now! What fun!

Tiff said...

I'm making this tasty treat for the 2nd time! This time I'm using special dark cocoa powder, but 1/2 of what the recipe calls for! I love this recipe because I never have to go out and buy anything special for it :)