Easy Hot Fudge Cake

This Hot Fudge Cake is a Sunday night favorite at our house! It’s the hot fudge and the cake all prepared and baked in the same dish, and it comes out all ooey, gooey, and delicious.

This Hot Fudge Cake is a Sunday night favorite at our house! It's the hot fudge and the cake all prepared and baked in the same dish, and it comes out all ooey, gooey, and delicious. www.somethingswanky.com

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This cake is easy and AWESOME. It’s one of our Sunday night favorites to eat with ice cream. It’s ooey, gooey, and hot fudgey.

And so EASY.

Seriously. You use a fork to mix up a cake batter in the 9×9 dish that it’s actually baked in. Then you sprinkle some stuff and pour some water, bake it, and voila! The layers of batter and water/other stuff separate to form a cake and hot fudge all in one dish!

Scoop it out over some ice cream, and it’s the easiest piece of heaven you’ll ever dish up. This is the kind of recipe you want to keep on hand to look super impressive when you don’t have the time or energy to actually be impressive.

…which is often in this house.


This Hot Fudge Cake is a Sunday night favorite at our house! It's the hot fudge and the cake all prepared and baked in the same dish, and it comes out all ooey, gooey, and delicious. www.somethingswanky.com

Hot Fudge Cake


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tbsp cocoa powder, divided
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup hot water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x9 baking dish liberally with vegetable shortening.
  2. Add the flour, sugar, 4 tbsp cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt to the dish. Mix with a fork or spatula.
  3. Add the milk, oil, and vanilla. Mix until a thick batter forms. Spread the batter evenly in the dish.
  4. Sprinkle the remaining cocoa powder and brown sugar evenly over top of the batter. Pour the hot water over top, but do not mix.
  5. Bake for 35 minutes and serve warm. Serves 9.
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  1. This is bonkers. I can’t wait to try this crazy science experiment of chocolate gooey deliciousness!
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  2. This is the first thing I’m tossing into my oven…once I get over this stomach flu. Looks DELICIOUS!
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  3. I used to make this all the time when I had last minute company over for supper and needed a dessert in a pinch…..but I lost the recipe!! Thanks so much for sharing, it is headed right to my collection!
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  4. This is a must make Ashton!
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  5. This looks wonderful! I love easy! ANd no dishes to clean up? Bonus!
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  6. We used to make this alllll of the time when I was growing up. So comforting and delicious. And EASY! Can’t beat it!!
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  7. So weird…i was just looking for Hot Fudge Cake recipes yesterday on the internet. Thanks!

  8. We made a version of this all the time when I was a kid! I even have the original 1974 cut out af a magazine recipe! They are totally amazing and so very addictive! This looks yum-o to the MAX!!!
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  9. So there are no eggs in this recipe?? That is great because this now becomes a vegan cake since I can sub the milk for almond milk. Yipppeeeee….

  10. Oh my…I’ve heard of these cakes, but have never had or made one. I cannot wait to try it this weekend.

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  11. I can see why this is made a lot in your house! It looks so simple and amazing! I want and when I read it serves 9 I thought to myself it’ll serve me and maybe 2 other people LOL! No serlf control :)
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  12. Holy cripes this is out of this world. I just feel like screaming “get in mah bellah”!

  13. This easy hot fudge cake sounds amazing! Pinning and can’t wait to try :)

  14. No. No, I don’t believe it. I’m going to have to explain this to my wife so she could be as dumbfounded as I am. Maybe then she will support me when I go to make it.

    Btw, I want to face plant into the first picture.
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  15. Paula Williams says:

    Love the recipes on this site but wish the reviewers had actually made the recipe before reviewing. I can read a recipe and say, “That sounds yummy!” I would like hear from those who actually made it!

    • I really appreciate those kinds of comments! Making the recipe is the easy part. But the food styling and photography is the REAL work! So when people say “that looks yummy!” it makes me feel like I did a good job :)

  16. made this today.. turned out perfect..wiped out in a jiffy. Thanks


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