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Hot Fudge Pudding Cake is a delicious, vintage recipe that everyone absolutely loves! A fudge sauce forms under a rich chocolate cake as it bakes in the oven.

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake - A Family Feast


If you follow us over on Instagram, then you probably know that we just came home from a family vacation at Hershey Park in Hershey, Pennsylvania!  This was our second year visiting the park, and we decided that on this trip we would sign up for the Create Your Own Candy Bar at Hershey’s Chocolate World, located just outside the amusement park.

Each of us had the chance to make a custom chocolate bar – choosing the type of chocolate we wanted as the base, additional ingredients to include such as chocolate or butterscotch ships, pretzel bits and more; we designed our own label for our candy bars; and we got to watch it being made right before our eyes!  Here are a few photos from our fun production tour:

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake - A Family Feast

So all of that wonderful chocolate had us craving a sweet treat when we got home – and we decided to make this fantastic Hot Fudge Pudding Cake from the Hershey’s Kitchen website.

This Hot Fudge Pudding Cake is outrageously good – and it couldn’t be any easier to make!  A simple batter (made from Hershey’s cocoa of course) is first spooned into the bottom of a lightly greased pan or baking dish.  Then a dry cocoa mixture is sprinkled on top of the batter.  Finally – right before baking – hot water gets poured over the top of the dry cocoa mixture.  But don’t stir it in – that process creates this fantastic, almost-crunchy topping on this Hot Fudge Pudding Cake as it bakes!

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake - A Family Feast


Then – once the Hot Fudge Pudding Cake comes out of the oven, just use a spoon to serve.  You’ll end up with a super moist cake with a warm and fudgy pudding center – plus a sweet crunchy topping!  Served with some vanilla ice cream – this is one amazingly good dessert that any chocolate lover will enjoy!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated by Hershey’s for this post.  We are simply sharing our vacation story with you today as well as the inspiration behind our recipe.

Additional note: We’ve received a few reader comments below complaining that the cake was very runny and not fudgy.  We’ve retested the recipe ourselves and can confirm that it is written correctly. But feel free to bake the cake for a few minutes longer if necessary (ovens may vary), and also make sure that you allow the cake to sit for 15 minutes before serving to give the sauce time to set up.

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Hot Fudge Pudding Cake - A Family Feast

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: American


Recipe adapted from Hershey’s Kitchens


  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened Hershey’s Cocoa powder, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1¼ cups hot water
  • Vanilla ice cream, if desired for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat a pot of water on the stove to very hot (just under a simmer).
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine ¾ cup of the granulated sugar, flour, ¼ cup of the cocoa, baking powder and salt. Stir in milk, melted butter and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  3. Pour the batter into an lightly greased 2-quart ceramic dish (as shown in our photos) or a 9-inch square baking pan (if it’s a non-stick pan, you don’t have to grease it) and spread evenly.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together the remaining ½ cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, remaining ¼ cup cocoa and mix well. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the batter in your dish or pan. Pour the hot water over the top – but do not stir!
  5. Bake 35-40 minutes if using a glass dish (or 30-35 minutes if using a metal pan) – or until the center is almost set. Remove your dish from the oven and allow it to stand for 15 minutes.
  6. After 15 minutes, spoon the cake into individual serving bowls – making sure to spoon the fudgy sauce from the bottom of the pan over the top of the cake. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream if desired and serve immediately.

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Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

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  • Courtney @ Neighborfood wrote:

    Holy cow. This is my love language. Wish I had a giant bowl right now!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Courtney!

  • Angie wrote:

    I love pudding cakes, and yours looks so decadent! I would love a bowl, yum!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Angie!

  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes wrote:

    My mom took my brothers and I to Hershey when we were kids! I loved it there! This cake looks so divine!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Ashley!

  • Carol at Wild Goose Tea wrote:

    Visiting Hershey is on my bucket list. Since I live on the West Coast, it’s a little more planning. This dish is out of my childhood. and what a family favorite it was. Kind of a pre-molten cake. I had forgotten about it. I am going to have to make it again.

    • Martha wrote:

      That is exactly it Carol! Sort of a cross between a molten-lava cake and pudding…it’s been a family favorite of ours for a long time! Hope you get to Hershey one day – it’s a lot of fun!

  • Stephanie @ Back For Seconds wrote:

    Oh my goodness. This is like a dream come true! 🙂

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Stephanie!

  • The Food Hunter wrote:

    It’s been years but I used to go to Hershey all the time!

    • Martha wrote:

      Hope you get back there soon! It’s completely different with so much more to do!

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist wrote:

    All of that fudge, holy crap.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Claire! 🙂

  • Angela {Mind Over Batter} wrote:

    This is EXACTLY how I want my cake situation. Preferably within the next 30 seconds. Maybe if I wish real, real hard…

    • Martha wrote:

      Wouldn’t that be great if we could reach into our computer monitor or phone and grab any of the wonderful blog food we see? Thanks for stopping by today! 🙂

  • Laura @ Raise Your Garden wrote:

    Oh my, this hot fudge pudding cake looks absolutely Willie Wonkie devine. Or should I say Hersey? I love Hersey Park, haven’t been there since I was a kid. Love reading about your experience, I should take mine! A lot cheaper than Disney too. And much closer to where I live.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Laura! Hershey is much more than I remember growing up…there’s a water park, tons of roller coaster, etc. I’m sure your family will love going there! Thanks for visiting us today!

    • tammy wrote:

      Replacing the water with brewed coffee makes this choc pudding cake even more decadent.

      • Martha wrote:

        What a great idea Tammy! Thank you for your suggestion – I will definitely try that the next time we make this cake!

  • christine wrote:

    This looks like the perfect answer to a sweet tooth craving! We did Hershey Park quite a few years back, great family trip.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Christine!

      • mariah wrote:

        Could you do anything a head of time?

        • Martha wrote:

          Hi Mariah – Other than measuring out the dry ingredients ahead of time, probably not. But – it’s very quick to mix up!

    • Barbara.Radke wrote:

      Just wondering for the hot fudge pudding cake. The recipe says to heat a pot of water. How much water ?

      • Martha wrote:

        Hi Barbara – You will need 1 1/4 cups of hot water. Thanks for your question!

        • Abby wrote:

          I am wondering what happens if you add too much water! 🙁 I am about to find out.

          • Martha wrote:

            Hi Abby – As long as you follow the directions, it should turn out! We’ve made this numerous times following our recipe so I can confirm that it is correct!

    • Liz wrote:

      So I was scrolling through pinterest while eating dinner, and realized that I wouldn’t have to go out and get anything to make this… So I made it as soon as I was done eating. It’s like a messy, gooey pile of I’ve died and Gone to Heaven. It’s amazing!

      • Martha wrote:

        LOL – Thanks so much Liz! (I totally agree!) So glad you enjoyed the recipe as much as we did!

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