Hot Fudge Sundae Cake

This Hot Fudge Sundae Cake has been a family favorite for over 30 years!Hot Fudge Sundae Cake is the best!

First of all I want to say thank you to all of you who shared your kitchen flops with me yesterday after I shared my dessert disaster!

I also loved how many of you left a comment or emailed me requesting the recipe for the big flop!  It really is a great dessert.  Especially if you like chocolate!!

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post I have been making this Hot Fudge Sundae Cake for 30 years and mom before that.  I think it originally came from Betty Crocker.

Hot Fudge Sundae Cake

This recipe works like magic -all the ingredients go in together and magically is it bakes a cake forms on top and a thick, fudgy layer of hot fudge on the bottom!  Unfortunately for me the other night it wasn’t too magical.

Because so many of you asked for the recipe and because I needed to make sure the recipe still worked I made it again the next day.  I had to have pictures to share with you!!

Well, as I was putting it together I realized that the problem may not have been that I doubled the recipe.  The problem was that I forgot two very important ingredients!!!  I’m too embarrassed to tell you what they were.  Obviously my mind wasn’t focused on what I was doing at the time.

Amazingly enough, when you put in ALL the ingredients the recipe works!!

The recipe needs to be served hot – right out of the oven.  I usually put it in right as we sit down to dinner and then about 45 minutes later it is ready to eat.  Trust me on this one – you want to eat it fresh out of the oven!

So here is how it works.  You mix up the first layer – sugar, flour, salt, baking powder and cocoa.  Then you add milk  (milk is very important, trust me on this one, put in the milk!!), oil and some vanilla.

You mix that up and it forms a nice chocolatey layer.

Then you sprinkle some brown sugar and cocoa on top of that.

And then some hot water right out of the tap.

Into the oven it goes and when you pull it out (pull it out carefully!  Once I pulled it too quickly out of the oven and it went sliding out of the pan all over the floor!) it will look like this.

Not the prettiest dessert you will ever make but it doesn’t matter because after you scoop it into a bowl and top it with a nice scoop of ice cream no one will care!

Enjoy some warm, chocolatey, fudgy goodness.

Hot Fudge Sundae Cake
  • 1 C flour
  • ¾ C sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ C milk
  • 2 TBSP canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • ¼ C cocoa
  • ¾ C hot tap water
  • Ice cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In an ungreased square pan , 8 x 8, stir together flour, sugar , 2 Tbsp cocoa, baking powder and salt.
  3. Mix in milk, oil and vanilla with fork until smooth. Spread evenly in the pan.
  4. Sprinkle with brown sugar and ¼ C cocoa.
  5. Pour hot water over batter.
  6. Bake for about 35 minutes.
  7. Let stand 15 minutes and then spoon into dessert dishes and top with ice cream!
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Barbara says

    Thanks for this recipe. Now, I am anxiously waiting for your pork tenderloin recipe as well. Am debating on what to serve for Christmas dinner and the pork sounds like a good idea. Either that, or cornish game hens. Do you have any advise on those?

  2. Jennie says

    I’m a long-time lurker – but thought I’d say hi today. Thanks for sharing such great info with us, your blog is one of my favorites!

    ps – I love this cake, too. My mom and grandma have been making it for years.

  3. Darla says

    Well, I once made a cake and totally forgot to put sugar in it! I did not want to throw away all those expensive ingredients so I just made a simple sugar solution and soaked the cake with it and it was not too bad! We ate it all anyway! :)

  4. says

    It’s always the forgotten ingredients – once I made a beer batter bread and couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t rising like it usually did. Until I found the bowl of yeast fermenting happily on the kitchen counter. So, Leigh Ann, we’ve all been there.

    This looks yummy.

  5. Kim says

    Thank you so much for the recipe. It sounds really good and I am going to try it soon. I really like your blog and your daughter’s blog so much. I hope you have a Wonderful Christmas.

  6. Lisa Hemstreet says

    Peppermint Joe Joe’s ICE CREAM….how have I never seen that???? Double bonus with the recipe and that item! Thanks Leigh Anne!

  7. Marnie says

    Mmmmm.. this is one of my favorite recipes too. I remember making it from my Mom’s old and well used Betty Crocker cookbook. I haven’t made it in years because, for some inexplicable reason!, my hubby doesn’t enjoy it. Weird, I know. Anyway, thanks for sharing this one- it is well worth passing on!

  8. says

    I have a very similar recipe- one time I forgot the baking powder,and it did not work out. funny how one little thing messes it all up!
    so delicious- when made right!

  9. says

    Wow!! That does look good! I wish you wouldn’t tease me with the picture of the Trader Joe’s Candy Cane and Cream ice cream!!! No fair! LOL! Ever since you wrote about the peppermint and chocolate ice cream, I couldn’t get it out of my head. I told my hubby about it one night and told him I needed to go to the grocery store just to look for some seasonal ice cream! I made a special trip and went to a good, local grocery store that I don’t often frequent because of the prices are too high, but they have everything! The only seasonal ice cream they had was Edy’s peppermint…so I bought one container of peppermint and one container of chocolate…I scooped them out side by side into a bowl, one for the hubs and one for me..the children had already gone to bed…too bad for them! LOL!! It was soooooo good! Thank you for setting me crazy until I could find some peppermint ice cream! Hee Hee! I even looked for the Haagen Daz and they didn’t have any seasonal! Ok, enough on this subject…now I’m going to set out my peppermint ice cream and wait for it to thaw! :)

  10. michelle payne says

    Just last week while making Cranberry Orange Bread I totally forgot the sugar. I couldn’t figure what was wrong with the recipe. I ended up with a blob in the pan. After the second batch I realized what I did wrong. Oh well.

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