This rich and absolutely scrumptious Hot Fudge Cake can be made in the oven or a slow cooker. It makes its own hot fudge sauce as it bakes!
I got this wonderful recipe for hot fudge cake from my mom. It was a favorite dessert at our house and I remember having it often as a child. We all love it! One year when my mom asked my little brother Matt what treat he wanted for family night, he told her “Water Brownies”.
None of us had any idea what the heck he was talking about. We couldn’t figure it out, so she just made something else. A few weeks later, she made this dessert. When Matt saw her pull this out of the oven, he exclaimed excitedly, “Yay, you made water brownies!!!” I have called it that ever since.
It’s simple to make. You spread the batter in the bottom of your pan (or slow cooker). Then you sprinkle a brown sugar/cocoa mix on top.
And here’s the reason why we call these “water brownies”. You pour hot water over the sugar mixture. No stirring. It will magically mix with the brown sugar and cocoa and sink to the bottom to make a decadent fudge sauce. Cool, right?
No matter what you call it, it is sure to become a family favorite at your house too. It tastes fantastic. It makes its own hot fudge sauce. It is economical. And it is super easy to make with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
You must serve it with ice cream though, or the dessert police will come to your house and haul you off.
I’ve been making this for years in the oven, but just found instructions for making it in the crock pot. I’ve tried it, and it works like a charm. I am including the instructions at the bottom of the recipe.
(To skip my tips and just see the recipe card, scroll to the bottom of the post.)
How to make Hot Fudge Cake
- all purpose flour
- baking powder
- unsweetened cocoa powder
- nuts (We like pecans)
- brown sugar
- hot water
Stir together dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add milk, vanilla, oil, and nuts. Stir till well blended and spread in a greased 8″ square pan. Mix brown sugar and cocoa and sprinkle over the top. Pour hot water on top- do not mix in! Bake for about 40 minutes at 350°. Serve warm with ice cream.
Crock pot instructions: Spread batter in a well greased 3 1/2 quart crock pot. Bring to a boil the hot water, brown sugar, and cocoa. Pour over batter in crock pot. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours. That’s it!
More drool-worthy chocolate desserts:
- 1 cup flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp cocoa
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 Tbsp oil (I used canola)
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2-4 Tbsp cocoa
- 1 3/4 cups hot water
- Stir together dry ingredients. Add milk, vanilla, oil, and nuts. Stir till well blended and spread in a greased 9" square pan.
- Mix brown sugar and cocoa and sprinkle over the top. Pour hot water on top- do not mix in!
- Bake for about 40 minutes at 350°. Serve warm with ice cream.
Crock pot instructions: Spread batter in a well greased 3 1/2 quart crock pot. Bring to a boil the hot water, brown sugar, and cocoa. Pour over batter in crock pot. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours. That's it!
-This recipe really doesn't contain eggs, it's not a typo. 🙂
-If you are a true chocoholic, you can add chocolate chips to the batter.
-My favorite way to serve this is with pecans in the batter, and vanilla ice cream. So yummy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 333Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 234mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 2gSugar: 41gProtein: 5g