Hot Fudge Puddin' Cake

Y'ALL I want to introduce you to my Texan friend Katie from The Hill Country Cook! Katie is a doll, if you have not found her blog out there in blogsphere yet I really suggest you do. With recipes like this Nutella Pie  or these Coco Cabana Lime Bars You really can't go wrong! Katie and I met at Mixed back in Novemeber and I can attest that she is just as fun as her blog! Be sure to go check The Hill Country Cook and also find Katie on Facebook and Twitter

Before we get to Katie's recipe, we had a little interview! I for one love little looks inside of my favorite blogger's lives.

 When and why did you start blogging?

I started my blog in August of 2010, but under a different name, "Lucky Girl Sweets N' Stuff" - I thought I could sell my handmade leather purses and baked goods. Like all big dreams, they evolve, and soon I decided a food blog was more my niche. Like all other food bloggers out there, I just have SUCH a passion for cooking, and taking pictures! The writing, eh, sometimes I have to push myself to do that, but I do like telling a good story.

 Is there a  kitchen tool/gadget you can not live without?
Hmmm.... LOTS. I always joke that my mom is the gadget queen and that I do everything by hand, but MAN, I sure have discovered some cool gadgets over the past few years. Probably the one I can't live without is my garlic press. I like A LOT of garlic, like usually at least 6-8 cloves in any recipe, and peeling just takes so durn long!

 What food makes you go weak in the knees? The one thing you have no self control around.
Anything chocolate! Like my hot fudge puddin' cake I just shared! Warm and chocolate, that'll get me. My best friend has a sweet tooth too, but she likes candy. She'll offer me Sour Patch kids or something and I'll say, "Ugh, don't you have any Oreos or something?!" HA!!! 

 Confession time... we all love trashy foods. You know what I mean.... that one food that you are embarrassed to admit you love?
"Trashy food" - heh, I like that. Hmm, probably any kind of Jell-O salad with Cool Whip. Now that's not REALLY trashy by any means, but sometimes I do feel guilty about eating all that filled with Red 40, and high fructose corn syrup and horse hooves and god knows what else. Other than that, probably canned biscuits. I love me some canned southern style biscuits, or crescent rolls, especially when stuffed with a marshmallow. Ooooh, girl! - OH YEAH, S'MORES!!! MMMM. But that's not really trashy either. Haha, I like how I rationalize it all. 

What food blog is on the top of your must read list? 
TOP OF MY BLOG LIST?? How can any girl pick JUST ONE?? My faves would probably be Pioneer Woman, Southern Plate, Confessions of a Cookbook Queen, Cookies and Cups, and then everyone in my circle of blogging, I check them all pretty often.

 Hey there y'all! I'm Katie from The Hill Country Cook, down in Austin TX. While Carrie is up north freezing her toosh off, I'm enjoying 70 degree weather today. I just had to throw that in. *wink* 
I've been a big fan of Bakeaholic Mama, and we met this past November at MixedCon, we and our other roomies were two, wait four, peas in a pod. So THANKS Carrie, for letting me share one of my favorite recipes and I hope y'all find some, ANY, excuse to make it! 

Must. Make. This. Recipe.

This will now officially be my go-to chocolate fix recipe. Or your best friend just broke up with her boyfriend recipe. Or the cat died? Or I can’t correctly install the vacuum bag? Or oh my gosh taxes are due in two weeks and I can’t find my W-2? Or I can’t find my car keys! You get the picture. You’ll find a reason to make this recipe at least once (or thrice) and not feel guilty about it.
Ha, on a side note I went to see a Shakespeare play last night (hence my usage of “thrice”), and it was great fun. It was on a farm. And eleven years after high school, I still don’t get Shakespeare. The only thing I understood in the play was the sarcasm. And the chickens. Moving on.
I hope you find many good reasons to enjoy this recipe! Love you people.
~Peace, Love, and Ridiculous Chocolate Ya’ll!

Hot Fudge Puddin' Cake

Yield: Serves 6


1-¼ cup Sugar (divided Use)
½ cups Cocoa, Divided Use
1 cup All-purpose Flour
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
¼ teaspoons Salt
½ cups Milk
⅓ cups Butter, Melted
1-½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
½ cups Brown Sugar, Packed
1-¼ cup Very Hot Water
Whipped Topping Or Vanilla Ice Cream


Another one of those dangerously easy recipes. First, preheat oven to 350ºF.
Next, in a medium bowl whisk together your 3/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup cocoa, flour, baking powder and salt. Easy right? Stir in milk, melted butter and vanilla. Don't worry, you're almost there, combine until smooth. Pour batter into a greased 9 inch square pan. See? It makes a nice small amount, not too dangerous. Although I would recommend a brisk 30 minute walk while this is baking.
In the same mixing bowl (because who needs more dishes?) whisk together the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, the brown sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa. Sprinkle evenly over batter. Pour hot water over the top and DO NOT stir. I know it sounds crazy, but the result is magically amazing.
Bake for 35-40 minutes until center is almost set. Remove from oven and let stand 15 minutes. The cake will be soft and moist, with a hiding pudding layer underneath. MAGICAL!! And it refrigerates well! Just warm up the next serving in the microwave!
Top with whipped cream, or vanilla bean ice cream.


  1. Looks delicious! I just made Fudge Pudding Cake the other day :)

    1. I have never made it, and am looking forward to it ;)

  2. You've got to be kidding! That dark, decadent, luscious chocolate cake is really that easy to make?! I need to get my butt into a kitchen stat so that I can bake this. Katie sounds like so much fun - thanks for introducing her to me, Carrie. I'm definitely going to check out her blog. And side-note - I REALLY hope your family gets better soon. I can't even imagine dealing with a household full of sick kids :(

    1. Thanks so much Nancy! And get your butt going and make this cake!

  3. Ooh, this looks waaaayyy too tempting. You've got me drooling!

  4. Just made this recipe and used coffee instead of water. Talk about incredible!

    1. Yay! And what a great idea with the coffee.... it brigs out the richness in the chocolate so well!

  5. This looks incredible! What I would give for one of these beauties to snack on right this minute. Yum!

  6. holy smokes! This looks amazing.

    Thanks for sharing your MixedCon buddy.

  7. I have been baking this pudding cake exactly as your recipe states for all 38.5 years that I have been married. I copied it out of my Mum's recipe box before I got married and I have no idea how many years she made it before that. This is one of those tried and true, never-fail recipes that belongs in every cook's recipe box! Absolutely love it to death, best served warm with vanilla ice cream!

  8. This sounds delicious!! :-)

  9. I've made this cake for years and have always used coffee instead of water. And you're right! It does bring out the richness of the chocolate.

  10. I have yet to make chocolate pudding cake. more due to procrastination then anything. My grandma and I share a love for lemon pudding cake, very similar set up.