The Tailgate with Games Mistress: Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

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.

Wouldnt you rather stay indoors and have some chocolate?

Wouldn't you rather stay indoors and have some chocolate?


  • 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.

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