0 One Pan Chocolate Cake with Hot Fudge Sauce

A rich chocolate cake that makes its own hot fudge sauce, all in one pan?

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Even better, you can make this using one bowl and no special equipment.

My neighbor made this several years ago, and it was interesting.... make up the batter, and pour hot water on top??


I tell you, this is a magical thing. I read somewhere that this sinfully rich dessert was a big hit in the '60's and there used to be a box mix that is not available anymore. It's time to resurrect this dessert, as it is so simple, easy, and delicious!

In a bowl, stir together your sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.

Dump in your wet ingredients: milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract.

Mix it till smooth and spread it into an UNgreased 9" square pan.

The batter really looks like a brownie batter - but without the eggs...

You can use the same bowl for the next step.

Mix in your sugars, cocoa, and sprinkle it right on top, in an even layer over the wet batter.

Then, pour HOT water directly on top of the dry sugar mixture. DO NOT STIR.

I can't tell you, as a baker, how hard it was to resist stirring this all in! It looked so strange to see a layer of water on top of the batter while I was putting it in the oven...

35 minutes later, this is what I got.

Hmmmm.... looks like brownies.... smells like brownies... let's take a spoonful...

Squee !!!  The hot fudge is on the bottom! Perfectly cooked chocolate cake on top!

I'm beyond excited...

Let's put a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, shall we?

Oh, and definitely scoop some hot fudge to drizzle on top!

Oh my. Very rich. Very good. It really needed that scoop of ice cream on top -


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Chocolate Cake with Hot Fudge Sauce
from Hershey's

3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Dry Layer:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/4 cups HOT water (heat your water, then measure)

1. Heat oven to 350°F.
2. Batter: In a medium bowl, mix together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
3. Pour in milk, melted butter, and vanilla.
4. Stir until smooth.
5. Spread batter into UNgreased 9" baking pan.
6. Dry Layer: Mix granulated sugar and brown sugar along with the cocoa.
7. Sprinkle on top of the wet batter in an even layer.
8. Pour HOT water over the top. DO NOT STIR.
9. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until center is almost set (not jiggly).
10. Remove from oven; let sit for 15 minutes before diving in!

Scoop into dessert dishes, spooning fudge sauce over the cake.
Can serve with a scoop of ice cream or whipped topping.

Makes 9 servings.


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