No-Bake Hot Fudge Pudding

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This wonderful, gooey, almost magical dessert -- sometimes referred to as "water cake" -- is best served warm with ice cream or whipped cream.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar , divided
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder , divided
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups hot water
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts , or pecans (optional)


  • In a 9-in. square baking pan, stir together 3/4 cup sugar, flour, baking powder and 1/4 cup cocoa.
  • In a small bowl, mix together oil, milk and vanilla; then add this to the dry ingredients in the pan, stirring with a fork until thoroughly combined.
  • In another small bowl, stir together the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup cocoa and nuts. Sprinkle this evenly over the batter.
  • Finally, pour the hot water over the pan. Don’t stir. See? Pudding magic!