Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey
Prep Time
15 Mins
Bake Time
45 Mins
Cool Time
25 Mins
Makes 8 servings

Nothing beats a warm brownie fresh from the pan. Top this ooey-gooey hot fudge brownie cake with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for an indulgent treat the whole family will enjoy.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together flour, next 3 ingredients, and 3/4 cup granulated sugar in a large bowl; stir in milk, oil, and vanilla. Spread batter in a lightly greased 8-inch square pan.

Step 2

Combine brown sugar, cocoa, and remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a small bowl; sprinkle over batter in pan. Using a spoon, gently drizzle 1 1/2 cups boiling water over batter, being careful not to disturb layers. (Do not stir.)

Step 3

Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until a cake layer forms on top and layer springs back when touched. Let cool on a wire rack 25 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.

Step 4

Chocolate-Cherry Pudding Cake: Thaw 1 (12-oz.) package frozen dark, sweet, pitted cherries; drain. Pat cherries dry with paper towels. Prepare recipe as directed through Step 2, gently sprinkling cherries over batter in pan. Proceed with recipe as directed.

Step 5

Mocha Pudding Cake: Substitute hot freshly brewed coffee for boiling water. Proceed with recipe as directed.

Ratings & Reviews

phoebe1214's Review

March 27, 2012
One of the best hot fudge pudding cake recipes I've tried. Since a few others complained it wasn't chocolatey enough, i added 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips. I also split everything between six ramekins and made it into an individual dessert then baked it for 25 minutes. It was just fantastic. I will be making this again in the future.

September 22, 2015
Hope you know by now that you cool it in the pan!

November 28, 2015
You put the dish on the cooling rack. You don't put the actual dessert on there.

Socaltp's Review

May 01, 2014
I made this for my family tonight and they ate the entire thing! Then they asked me to make it again for tomorrow night!! Lol I'd say it was a hit! Thank you so much

SoCalledJay's Review

January 27, 2010
SINFULLY DELICIOUS! Definitely would use more cocoa next time.

KhbrandKY's Review

December 30, 2008
This is a very easy recipe, and is VERY GOOD. My kids loved it. It is best if it cools for a bit, like an hour or so. Otherwise it is like syrup and melts the ice cream, after cool, it is like a hot pudding! GREAT!!!! Would make again and again! Great with vanilla ice cream!

Brittiny's Review

February 10, 2009
Absolutely delicious and incredibly easy. Great recipe that I will make again and again.

OKNancy's Review

August 08, 2010
I use King Arthur double dutch cocoa and it is rich and chocolatey. Cooled to room temp and served with a dab of whipped cream, it is a new family favorite. No leftovers here!

trumpthis's Review

February 09, 2013

NataleePT's Review

February 29, 2012
LOVED it! Everybody in my familiy went crazy about it. Making it again today :D