This is one of my favorite “I need chocolate and I need it now” recipes.
When I first moved to NC and lived on my own for the first time in my life, I found myself craving chocolate badly one night, but didn’t have the dorm stash of junk that I was used to and didn’t have Mom’s home baked desserts always waiting on the counter. I also didn’t have eggs. I started searching the labels of the baking ingredients in my apartment for a recipe I could make without going to the grocery store late at night. I found the recipe for Hot Fudge Cake on the inside of the Hershey’s cocoa label. (I find it hilarious now to think of myself alone in my tiny apartment tearing apart labels at 10 pm trying to find a recipe I could make with chocolate and without eggs. I must have really been in a rough spot that night).
Well, as we were sitting here tonight playing the Wii, I felt a strong need for some chocolate and I knew I wanted this cake. It is quick and easy and soooooo good. It is very much like Molten Lava Cake that some random restaurant serves. But better, of course, because it is homemade. It ends up being like a homemade chocolate brownie/cake with a hot pudding like goo running through it. Sounds gross yet delicious at the same time, right? It is best served with vanilla ice cream, but is also good with homemade whipped cream, which is what I am about to make while this bakes in the oven.
Hot Fudge Cake
1 c flour
3/4 c sugar
6 T cocoa (divided)
2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1/2 c milk
2 T vegetable oil
1 t vanilla
1 c brown sugar
1 3/4 c hot water
Combine flour, white sugar, 2 T cocoa, baking powder and salt. Stir in milk, oil and vanilla until smooth (I stir this together right in the 8×8 pan that I bake it in to save washing a bowl). Spread in ungreased pan.
Combine brown sugar and remaining 4 T cocoa. Sprinkle over batter. Pour hot water over all.
Bake at 375 35-40 minutes.
Allow to cool, but eat while still warm or re-heat!
Also, this is a good time to mention one of my other favorite cooking tools. This Oxo measuring cup is the coolest ever.
It is slanted so that you can look straight down at it and see how much stuff you have in it. You don’t have to bend over and get at eye level so that you can make sure you have the right amount. Call me lazy, but I think that is the best thing ever. Thanks, Mark!