Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

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Hot Fudge Pudding Cake is a simple homemade cake batter that bakes into a beautiful chocolate cake. Warm fudge is hidden inside resulting in a gooey delicious center!

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake is a simple homemade chocolate cake filled with warm fudge. Life-in-the-Lofthouse.comI don’t even know where to begin with this heavenly cake. How do I explain how insanely delicious and AMAZING this Hot Fudge Pudding Cake is? 😉 I’m really hoping the pictures speak for themselves, but just in case they don’t I’ll try and fill you in. 

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake is a super simple homemade cake batter that bakes into a beautiful chocolate cake with warm fudge hidden inside. The chocolate flavor is spot-on and the combo of cake with creamy fudge is perfection. It’s basically a dream-come-true dessert.

This Fudge cake is seriously the best and could not be easier to make. From start to finish it’s ready in about 40 minutes. I was so excited to cut right into it and see the warm and gooey fudge oozing out. 🙂 

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake is a simple homemade chocolate cake filled with warm fudge. Life-in-the-Lofthouse.comI originally posted this cake recipe a few years ago, but thought it needed to be updated. I’ve also had quite a few emails with two main questions about this cake, so I thought I would answer them in this post. 🙂 

Can this recipe double? 

Yes! It can easily be doubled. The recipe I’m sharing is for an 8×8-inch size baking pan. If you would like to double it use a 9×13-inch pan and double the ingredients. Easy peasy!

Do I have to use semi-sweet chocolate chips?

Nope. If you are a milk chocolate chip lover then go for it! The cake will be sweeter, but I don’t see anything wrong with that! 😉 

 Those are the two main questions I get. Please feel free to leave me a comment if you have any other questions. This cake is incredibly easy to make and will be the star of dessert. I promise! 


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Hot Fudge Pudding Cake is a simple homemade chocolate cake filled with warm fudge.
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Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

An incredibly delicious chocolate cake oozing with warm chocolate fudge! Serving it with vanilla ice cream is a must!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Author Holly


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup boiling water


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray. Whisk ½ cup sugar with ¼ cup cocoa powder and set aside.
  • Whisk the flour, remaining ½ cup sugar, remaining ¼ cup cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk milk, butter, egg yolk, and vanilla in medium bowl until smooth. Stir milk mixture into flour mixture until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips (batter will be stiff).
  • Using a rubber spatula, scrape batter into prepared pan and spread into corners. Sprinkle reserved cocoa and sugar mixture evenly over the top. Gently pour boiling water over cocoa. Do not stir.
  • Bake until the top of the cake is cracked, sauce is bubbling and a toothpick inserted into cakey area comes out mostly clean, about 22-24 minutes. Cool on rack for at least 10 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.



Hot Fudge Pudding Cake is a simple homemade chocolate cake filled with warm fudge.

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  1. This looks like heaven! How would it hold up making it the night before? Would love to make this for coworkers but I don’t have a stove at work to serve right away.

    1. Courtney, I would imagine if you make this the day before, and refrigerate it overnight, it will still be great when re-heated, but I’m not sure how the fudge will be in the middle. It may soak into the cake overnight. For best results I would make and eat it the same day

      1. Hi! I recently made this, left it in the pan, covered it with foil to refrigerate overnight and the fudge was not soaked up! 🙂 I reheated it in the microwave for 1min and it still oozed with chocolate goodness! Thanks so much for this recipe!

        1. Hi Sheri, yes it will probably need a bit more time to cook. I would start checking it at the 24 minute mark. It will be done when a toothpick inserted in the cake part comes out mostly clean 🙂

  2. I just made this recipe because I was craving chocolate, and it is AMAZING! I absolutely loved it! I thought all of the chocolate sauce dried up during cooking, but then I took a scoop out of the cake and fudge oozed out. Seriously, it is the best chocolate cake ever.

  3. I’ve gone through so many recipes, but this one is not only delicious, but crazy easy. So many Pinterest desserts are too sweet (even with a sweet tooth), but this one is perfect. Thanks for sharing!!

  4. This was delicious! Mine was a little bit less fudgy than in your picture but still tasted really good Might be because I used coconut oil instead of butter, not sure. Anyhow, will still do it again.

  5. Hi, I was just wondering, if I make half the recipe how long should I bake it?? Thank you so much!!

  6. looks absolutely awsome..but i didn’t get the last i pour the water after the batter is in the pan?

    1. Yes, so you pour the batter in the pan and spread it out. Then sprinkle with the cocoa/sugar mixture evenly over the batter then you pour the water over the top. It sounds weird, but it works! 🙂

  7. Been searching for this recipe for ever. Made it once when our son was small, he loved it but it was awhile since I made it, could not find the recipe and could not remember it. I’ll surprise him with it one day soon.

  8. I am thrilled to see this recipe. My grandmother made this for us when she would visit our home. It was a recipe she had in her head, my mom always said she knew how to make it , but never did. So it wasn’t written down and saved. I don’t remember Chocolate chips, but sounds right to me. I can’t wait to make this for my grandkids !

  9. I just made it! It is so good easy to make!
    It has the right amount of sweetness! I’ll be making it again

  10. THANK YOU So much for this recipe. I used to make this as a child with my Mother over 55 years ago. It was the very first cake I learned to bake. I loved making it for my family, especially for my Dad. Sadly, I lost the recipe over the years and have been looking for it. THIS IS IT.. We called it Mud Pie. Can’t wait to teach my grandchildren to make it. – Now if only my Children would get busy on that “recipe”.

  11. Hi! I planned on making this awesome cake today for the first time but realized I don’t have an 8 x 8 pan. Would any other size work? Thanks!!

  12. Hello, Holly!

    Your food photography is amazing! These brownies look beyond delicious! 😀 Thank you so much for sharing.

    I am striving to become a hand lettering blogger, and I am looking for a good Pinterest plugin that has the awesome hover “pin it” option that you have. Could you tell me what plugin you are using for this function?

    I definitely pinned your images too!


    Instagram: Crystal_Whitlow

    1. Crystal, I am just now seeing your comment. Sorry! But thank you SO much for your kind compliment. You made my day 🙂 I use the JQuery Pin It button for Pinterest plug-in. 🙂

  13. Absolutely delicious, my family loved it with Kelly’s Clotted Cream Icecream. It will now be a regular favourite in our house, thank you for posting.

  14. The second time I made this I used Hershey’s. Special Dark 100% cacao powder. It was great, gave such a deep chocolate flavor. This is my grandsons favorite cake now.

  15. Not only is your recipe incredibly easy but it also tastes absolutely amazing and is so rich. I’ll definitely be checking out other recipes on your site. I made this exactly as per the instructions and it was a bit flat in my dish. If I want to make a bigger batch, do I just double all the ingredients? Or is there another method.

  16. HI, Just a quick one since we don’t have large Egg yolks..instead can we use two medium size egg yolks or do you still recommend one egg yolk???

  17. 5 stars
    I tried making this tonight, a nice, warm dessert on a cold day. It was delicious! My batter WAS more on the thin side, although I followed the RECIPe except I added walnuts. BUT it still turned out warm and gooey!

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