Individual Hot Fudge Pudding Cakes

Published May 1, 2002.

Why this recipe works:

Pudding cake is made by sprinkling brownie batter with a mixture of sugar and cocoa, pouring hot water on top, and baking. The best pudding cake recipe would be chocolaty, with the right balance of cake and puddinglike sauce. For intense chocolate flavor in our chocolate pudding cake recipe,… read more

Pudding cake is made by sprinkling brownie batter with a mixture of sugar and cocoa, pouring hot water on top, and baking. The best pudding cake recipe would be chocolaty, with the right balance of cake and puddinglike sauce. For intense chocolate flavor in our chocolate pudding cake recipe, we combined Dutch-processed cocoa and bittersweet chocolate to make the cake layer. We added instant coffee to the water that we poured over the batter to cut sweetness. To promote a good crust and a silky sauce, we baked our Hot Fudge Pudding Cake slow and low, and let it rest for 20 to 30 minutes before serving, allowing the sauce to become puddinglike and the cake brownielike.

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Serves 8

If you have cold, brewed coffee on hand, it can be used in place of the instant coffee and water, but to make sure it isn’t too strong, use 1 cup of cold coffee mixed with 1/2 cup of water. Serve the cake warm with vanilla or coffee ice cream. Leftovers can be reheated, covered with plastic wrap, in a microwave oven.

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