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Easy Hot Fudge Cake

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Y’all, I went out for a little shopping at a few thrift stores recently and I think I hit the vintage cookbook jackpot. There are really just two second-hand stores that are my favorites and I frequent them more than I care to admit. Whenever I visit those establishments, I head to one of two sections immediately upon arrival: the glassware/serving dishes and the bookshelves. Yep, that’s where you’ll find me while I’m in either store, no question about it. 

As I arrived on this particular day, this large collection of hard-cover bound Southern Living cookbooks instantly caught my eye.  They were just sitting there, in all their glory, taking up an entire shelf…just waiting for me! With very little hesitation, I bought them all (just a lil ol’ stack of 12 large, hard-cover books, no one will even notice, right!). I mean, at a mere $2 a piece was there any question of what to do in that situation?  Besides, I’m sure they were a family (wherever they came from!) and there was no way I could have just picked one and broken up the gang!

I don’t know who cleaned out their attic and donated that amazing collection of books, but I do thank you, whoever you are. I promise, they are living in a really good new home and I still can’t believe my luck. Seriously, some of these books still smelled brand new and I don’t think they were ever even opened! It was truly like finding treasure for me and I will study them and treat them with lots of love. 

Each of the volumes contains a few recipes for jazzed up cakes made from boxed mixes. You all have to know by now that I love these types of simple desserts. The recipe for Old-Fashioned Hot Fudge Cake practically jumped off of the page at me and it sounded so fun and simple to make that I went right to it!

I’ve whipped this easy treat up for my family twice now to rave reviews, and I really can’t say enough about this oldie, but goodie recipe for an easy hot fudge cake!

The original recipe called for it to be made with a box of devil’s food cake mix, but I’ve subbed in a chocolate fudge-flavored mix and I prefer it. The cake makes it’s own thick, delicious hot fudge sauce as it bakes, so there’s no need to make any frosting or glaze.  It’s fabulous! Just be sure to serve this warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream (or both) if you are into that kind of thing! And, um, sprinkles… why not!? 

This cake will be a fun dessert choice for simple birthday parties, a weekend barbecue or a family reunion! Or, if you are like us, it’s just pretty darn good on a regular Tuesday night too! 

I hope you all enjoy it if you make it!   Happy eating, friends! xoxo

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Easy Hot Fudge Cake

Recipe by Marcelle at A Little Fish in the Kitchen Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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This old-fashioned hot fudge cake is sure to be a hit with the chocolate lovers in your life. It’s uses a boxed cake mix for convenience, but with one extra step it makes is own rich, hot fudge sauce as it bakes. No need for making frosting or glaze, just serve this cake warm with ice cream or whipped cream!


  • Box (15.25 oz) of chocolate fudge or devil’s food cake mix (I use Betty Crocker brand chocolate fudge mix)

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 cups hot water

  • 1-1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • Suggestions for serving:
  • vanilla ice cream

  • whipped cream

  • toasted, chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts)


  • Pre-heat your oven to 350Β°. Prepare cake mix according to package instuctions. Pour batter into a greased 13×9 inch baking dish.
  • Mix sugar and next 3 ingredients together in a bowl or a large measuring cup. Pour the hot cocoa mixture all over the top of the batter in the baking dish (it will sink to the bottom of the pan).
  • Bake for 45 minutes. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool on a rack for 15-20 minutes before serving.
  • Serve warm topped with vanilla ice cream, nuts or whipped cream, if desired. Enjoy!

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  1. mouthwatering!! it really doesn’t get much better than this!

  2. What a great find, and what a great looking cake!

  3. Wow – you did hit the jackpot! I love used cookbooks – especially ones with lots of notes and butter stains! The cake looks amazing…

  4. I’ve been making this for over thirty years! One of my faves, especially when I don’t have an egg in the house! You got lucky at the thrift store!

  5. This reminds me of my favourite chocolate pudding cake. Wish I could taste some of yours :-)) It looks incredibly delicious and tempting!

    • Hey Angie, I love pudding cakes too and it is like one! So perfect with ice cream! Thank you, my friend! πŸ™‚

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