Now that it’s been cold enough to break out the wool sweaters, it’s time to share with you all my favorite winter desert: Hot Fudge Pudding Cake. This is a really easy recipe and it’s great for those cold, wet game days when you just want to curl up and watch the game in your warm, dry house.
- 1 cup flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- cocoa (you will need 2 tbsp for the batter and 1/4 cup for the brown sugar mixture)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons shortening, melted
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup of cocoa
- 1 3/4 cup hot water
Heat the oven to 350 (F).
Mix the brown sugar and the 1/4 cup of cocoa together and set aside.
Stir the flour, sugar, the 2 tablespoons of cocoa, baking powder, and salt together in the bowl. Blend in the milk and shortening (nuke the shortening for 30 -40 seconds to melt it).
Pour the batter into an ungreased pan, preferably glass and square (9×9 or 8×8). I don’t have a good square pan so I used an 8 x 12 pan — it just makes the cake a little thinner. Cover the batter completely with the brown sugar/cocoa mixture.
Next, take the hot water (I usually microwave it for about 3 minutes) and pour it directly over the entire pan.
Put the pan immediately into the oven and bake for 45 minutes. You will wind up with a dish that is cake on top and chocolate pudding on the bottom. It’s best served hot, but you may want to let it cool a few minutes after taking it out of the oven so the pudding can set a little. I prefer mine topped with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.