Hot fudge cake is a delightful dessert that combines the rich, gooey goodness of hot fudge sauce with a moist and tender cake. This indulgent treat is a favorite among chocolate lovers and is often served warm, creating a heavenly combination of textures and flavors. The magic of hot fudge cake lies in its unique baking process, where a simple batter transforms into a luscious cake with a built-in layer of hot fudge sauce.
The dessert typically involves a straightforward preparation method that results in a dual-layered delight. As the cake bakes, it forms a moist layer on top, while a decadent hot fudge sauce develops beneath. When served, the hot fudge cake is often accompanied by a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream, enhancing the overall sensory experience with contrasting temperatures and creamy goodness.
INGREDIENTS USED IN HOT FUDGE CAKE
Cocoa powder is responsible for the deep chocolate flavor of the sauce. Additionally, cocoa powder contains antioxidants and may have some health benefits.
Sugar sweetens the sauce and enhances the overall taste. Keep in mind that excessive sugar consumption should be moderated for a balanced diet.
Hot water aids in dissolving and blending the ingredients together, ensuring a homogeneous mixture. This is particularly important for cocoa powder and sugar, as they can dissolve more readily in a warm liquid.
Adding hot water simplifies the process of making the sauce by facilitating the incorporation of ingredients and helping achieve the desired texture without lumps.
Milk contributes to the cake’s liquid content, providing hydration to the dry ingredients. This dairy element also adds richness and tenderness to the cake, resulting in a moist and flavorful outcome.
The foundation of the cake, flour, provides structure and stability. It binds the other ingredients together and forms the cake’s structure when combined with liquids. All-purpose flour is commonly used, striking a balance between a tender crumb and structural integrity.
EQUIPMENT USED FOR MAKING HOT FUDGE CAKE
This recipe needs staples and basic equipment that are easily available in kitchens or in nearby stores.
I have used an oval glass dish to bake this cake. You can find it easily on amazon according to your preference.
A spatula and a whisk help to bring this batter together.
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TIPS TO MAKE HOT FUDGE CAKE
- Use high-quality cocoa powder and chocolate for a rich and intense chocolate flavor.
- Opt for real butter for a rich and buttery taste in both the cake and the fudge sauce.
- If your hot fudge cake recipe involves adding hot water to the fudge sauce, use boiling water to help dissolve the ingredients and create a smooth consistency.
- Pour the cake batter into the baking dish first, followed by the fudge sauce. As the cake bakes, it will rise to the top, creating a moist layer on top with a fudgy sauce underneath.
- Consider serving the hot fudge cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. The contrast of temperatures and textures enhances the overall enjoyment.
- ½ cup flour
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 6 tbsp milk
- 2 tbsp butter, melted
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- For the fudge sauce
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup castor sugar
- 1 + ½ tbsp cocoa powder
- ½ cup hot water
- Grease a 700ml glass oval dish with butter and preheat your oven at 180 degree Celcius.
- In a bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder, sugar and baking powder together.
- To this add warm milk, melted butter and vanilla extract.
- Give everything a good mix.
- Transfer the batter into the prepared baking dish.
- In another bowl, add in brown sugar, caster sugar, and cocoa powder. Mix these together and sprinkle this mixture all over the top of the cake batter.
- Next, boil water and pour it all over the batter in the prepared baking dish. Do not mix in the water.
- Bake the cake for 30-35 minutes. The cake forms a crust on top but centre is slightly jiggly.
- Sprinkle some icing sugar on top with an icecream scoop and serve warm.
If you happen to make this delicious hot fudge cake, do tag me on Instagram and use #BakewithShivesh. I’d love to see your creations. Happy Holidays!