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

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

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.

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.

sandymramirez's Review

August 23, 2014
These came out amazing!!! I have tried many brownie recipes from scratch and but this is the first recipe that actually came then the boxed version. I did add a 1/2 cup of chocolate chips to the bottom layer, like everyone suggested. Also, I am not sure if it makes a difference, but I used two different types of cocoa powder.

Laxgirl52's Review

April 07, 2014
It was awesome...made the mocha version...added 1/2 c. Chocolate chips (to batter) to increase chocolate taste...served with whipped cream, ice cream would've been better! Everyone raved about's a keeper!

LisaGvlSC's Review

February 12, 2014
Definitely not chocolate-y enough. I was suspicious with the small amount of cocoa in the first layer. If I were to make it again, I'd probably add espresso powder or somehow incorporate actual chocolate. Missing richness and chocolate flavor.

szbick's Review

December 29, 2013
Served with vanilla ice cream. Yummy!!

Marshabuxton's Review

September 30, 2013
The guys love this one! Easy to make, quick, easy to take.

trumpthis's Review

February 09, 2013