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One of the most popular recipes on our site is a Hot Fudge Pudding Cake recipe that we shared after a family vacation to Hershey, Pennsylvania. The recipe – with its warm gooey center and distinctively crunchy sugar top – is a long-standing classic dessert recipe originally shared by Hershey’s Kitchen. So many of our readers have told us that the recipe is a family favorite – and it’s certainly one of ours too!
So with Cinco de Mayo celebrations coming, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to play around a little with the recipe by adding some spices and seasonings – and our Mexican Hot Fudge Pudding Cake is the very delicious result!
We kept to the same classic recipe (after all, why mess with perfection!) – but we added some Saigon Cinnamon and some Mexican Chili Powder which both add the perfect amount of spiciness and a gentle heat that is a perfect complement to the warm, rich, gooey chocolate in this cake!
We served our Mexican Hot Fudge Pudding Cake with a scoop of our No-Churn Cinnamon Ice Cream. Enjoy!
- 1¼ cups granulated sugar, divided
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup Hershey’s Cocoa, divided
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1½ teaspoons Saigon Cinnamon (or regular cinnamon)
- ¾ teaspoon Mexican Chili Powder
- ½ cup milk
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- 1¼ cups hot water
- Cinnamon Ice Cream, if desired for serving
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat a pot of water on the stove to very hot (just under a simmer).
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine ¾ cup of the granulated sugar, flour, ¼ cup of the cocoa, baking powder, salt, Saigon Cinnamon and Mexican Chili Powder. Stir in milk, melted butter and vanilla and mix until smooth.
- Pour the batter into an ungreased 2-quart dish (as shown in our photos) or a 9-inch square baking pan and spread evenly.
- In a small bowl, stir together the remaining ½ cup granulated sugar, remaining ¼ cup cocoa and brown sugar, 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!
- Bake 35-40 minutes if using a dish (or 30-35 minutes if using the 9×9 pan) – or until the center is almost set. Remove your dish from the oven and allow it to stand for 15 minutes.
- 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 cinnamon ice cream if desired and serve immediately.
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