No-Bake Hot Fudge Pudding


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!

This article was originally published on Feb 01, 1997

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