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Hot Fudge Pudding Cake for #SundaySupper

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake | Magnolia Days

They were a team in the kitchen. Watching them prepare a meal together was like watching a well-orchestrated dance. Many times music was playing in the background. They knew their steps and would exchange taking the lead as needed. Now one of the partners is gone. Memories live on through the food they prepared and enjoyed together. One of their favorites is Hot Fudge Pudding Cake.

Who are those kitchen dancers and food lovers? They are my parents. My dad passed away a few years ago and is missed dearly. I think about him all the time, especially this time of year. It’s almost his birthday and Father’s Day. So when I was invited to participate in a virtual Father’s Day Feast event, it made me think of the book they gave me long ago that contains their favorite recipes.

The recipe book is not fancy. It is a plain black binder with pages typed by my mom and separated with standard index tabs. Some of the recipes are family ones like German Potato Salad, Dad’s Cornbread and Beef Stew. Some are ones they collected from friends like this Hot Fudge Pudding Cake.

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake | Magnolia Days

Wine was a reason for making this cake. Why? Gallo Family Vineyards sent their Pinot Noir and Café Zinfandel to inspire recipes and pairings for the feast. All I had to see was how Café Zinfandel can stand up to a rich chocolate dessert. I ran to the kitchen and looked through that special book and found the recipe. Plus the wine has a medium sweetness and my dad preferred sweet wines.

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake | Magnolia Days

About the Hot Fudge Pudding Cake: I discovered it is an old recipe with slight variations that can be found on countless internet sites and in cookbooks. I have no idea who created the original one. I can see why it is so popular. It is warm, comforting, rich, fudgy cake oozing with pudding. My version has a nod to my dad and includes a hint of coffee. He adored coffee and would not let a day pass without it.

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake | Magnolia Days

Father’s Day is June 15th. Sunday Supper is proud to partner with Gallo Family Vineyards celebrating the wonderful dads in our lives. What better way to celebrate than with a feast of good food and wine? Head to the store and get GFV’s Café Zinfandel or Pinot Noir. Oh, and there is a $1 off coupon or rebate available (depending on your area).  Scroll down to find a list and links to recipes and pairings for the wines.

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Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

A recipe for Hot Fudge Pudding Cake. It is a rich and fudgy brownie-like chocolate cake that makes its own pudding bottom as it bakes. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Author Renee


  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/4 cup hot strong-brewed coffee


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-inch square baking pan.
  2. Whisk together 3/4 cup sugar, flour, 1/4 cup cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Add milk, butter, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Spread evenly in prepared pan.
  4. Whisk together 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, and 1/4 cup cocoa in a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly over batter.
  5. Combine water and coffee. Gently pour over top. Do not mix.
  6. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until center is almost set. Let cool 15 minutes before serving. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

A recipe for Hot Fudge Pudding Cake. It is a rich and fudgy brownie-like chocolate cake that makes its own pudding bottom as it bakes.

Are you ready for a Father’s Day feast? Take a look at these recipes by Sunday Supper contributors featuring or paired with Gallo Family Vineyards Café Zinfandel or Pinot Noir:

Father’s Day Salads and Main Dishes:

Father’s Day Sweets and Treats:

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Recipe Rating


Tuesday 9th of September 2014

Is there a way to do this without coffee? I am not a coffee drinker, so it is not something I ever have on hand.


Wednesday 10th of September 2014

You could just use water or you might get a small jar of instant coffee and make the amount needed for the recipe.


Thursday 12th of June 2014

This with a scoop of vanilla ice cream is just perfection.


Saturday 14th of June 2014

Or whipped cream. It may sound crazy but I don't care for ice cream with cake. Separately yes, together no.


Wednesday 11th of June 2014

I can just taste how fudgy and chocolatey that lovely pudding cake is...and I can't wait to make it!!


Saturday 14th of June 2014

I splurged on it for days. It's so good.

Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

Wednesday 11th of June 2014

I have a similar recipe book/binder that my mother-in-law gave me of the recipes my husband's Grandma used to make. Most of them were clipped from newspapers, or transcribed from friends. Some of them, she didn't even seem to enjoy all that much (there are notes next to some of them that say "just OK" or "fair"), but it's so special, nonetheless.


Saturday 14th of June 2014

A very special recipe book indeed. How great you have those notes in it too. I bet it makes you smile every time you read them.

Kayle (The Cooking Actress)

Tuesday 10th of June 2014

awwwww your parents sound like the best couple! So sorry about your dad-I'm sure he would have loved this pudding cake-it's so gooey and decadent and perfect, who wouldn't??!


Saturday 14th of June 2014

Thanks Kayle and my parents were the best couple and they enjoyed doing so much together. Total soul mates.