Apple Valley Sue sent this recipe saying “This Hot Fudge Cake is the best recipe. You can make it in 10 minutes. Put it in the oven right when you start the meal and you have a hot, delicious dessert.” I did and it was! Thank you for sharing!
Being curious and of questioning mind, I actually made this several different ways. Maybe the second time was because the first time my curious mind did not register the correct size of pan – which Sue clearly stated in her email. Be sure to use a square 9 x 9 pan. Just sayin’. The recipe as written will turn out fudgy, sundae saucy and yummy!
I really was curious as to how this could make the fudge sauce under the brownie. The secret is the sugar. Sugar is not just a sweetener. It is a hardworking part of the complex reactions that take place in baked goods. In this recipe, sugar’s primary role is to attract moisture. The brown sugar on top attracts even more moisture than white sugar, besides giving a more robust flavor. As the saucy cake bakes the layers begin to build, with the heavier moisture laden sauce layer collecting on the bottom of the pan and the lighter cake layer coming together on top. Just to see what happened, I made it again and reduced the amount of sugar in each layer by one quarter cup and was rewarded with pudding on the bottom instead of sauce. Good, but no comparison to the original.
Sue says to let the cake cool for 15 minutes, then cut the cake into squares. Serve warm with ice cream, topped with the sauce scooped from the bottom of the pan.
This recipe was featured at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage, RoCa and Company, Thank you!
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- 1 cup flour
- ¾ cup white sugar OR Splenda for Baking
- 3 Tablespoons of cocoa
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup milk
- 2 Tablespoons canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
- ¼ cup cocoa
- 1 ¾ cup hot water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees, while following directions above
- Bake 40 minutes
- Let cool 15 minutes
- Cut into squares and invert each on to plate.
- Serve with ice cream topped with the sauce scooped from the bottom of the pan.
- Nine servings.
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