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!