Heavenly Vegan Hot Fudge Pudding Cake Recipe

As we come together at the table, there is nothing quite as satisfying as a hot, decadent dessert that leaves us feeling comforted and content. And what is more tempting than a chocolate pudding cake oozing with creamy, vegan hot fudge? This cake is the epitome of indulgence and satisfaction.

But as a vegan chef, I know it can be difficult to find recipes that meet both your dietary restrictions and your cravings for rich, comforting desserts. That’s why I am thrilled to share with you my recipe for Hot Fudge Pudding Cake (Vegan).

This recipe is made using simple ingredients that are easy to find at any local grocery store. But don’t let the simplicity fool you – this dessert is impressive enough to serve at any dinner party or gathering. Plus, it is completely dairy-free, making it a guilt-free indulgence you can enjoy any time.

Prepare to fall in love with this beloved classic dessert with a plant-based twist. Let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake (Vegan)
Hot Fudge Pudding Cake (Vegan)

My dear food lover, I highly recommend trying this vegan hot fudge pudding cake recipe, and let me tell you why!

Firstly, who doesn’t love a delicious chocolate dessert? This cake is the perfect balance of gooey fudgy pudding with a moist chocolate cake, that will melt in your mouth with every bite. You and your loved ones will be hooked after just one taste.

Secondly, what makes this recipe stand out from others is that it is completely vegan. You might think that “vegan” translates to compromising on flavor, but let me assure you, this recipe uses simple ingredients to achieve the same level of decadence as its non-vegan counterparts. Not only is it dairy-free and egg-free, but it can also be made gluten-free by using an all-purpose gluten-free flour.

Lastly, this cake is so easy and convenient to make. All the ingredients could already be in your pantry and don’t require a visit to any specialty stores. Plus, no fancy baking tools are required – you just need a bowl and a whisk. This vegan hot fudge pudding cake can serve as the perfect impressive dessert for any occasion without spending too much time in the kitchen.

In conclusion, you won’t regret trying this vegan hot fudge pudding cake recipe. It’s easy, convenient, indulgent, and best of all – cruelty-free! So go ahead and give it a try – your taste buds will thank you for it!

Ingredient List

 Dive into this decadent vegan hot fudge pudding cake
Dive into this decadent vegan hot fudge pudding cake


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup soymilk
  • 2 tablespoons margarine or vegan butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water

This recipe for Hot Fudge Pudding Cake is an indulgent treat that is perfect for a special occasion or weekend dessert. What’s great about this vegan version of the classic pudding cake is that it uses simple ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry. The ingredient list includes all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, cocoa powder, soymilk, margarine or vegan butter, vanilla extract, brown sugar, and hot water. With these simple ingredients, you can make a mouth-watering chocolate fudge pudding cake that will impress your friends and family.

The Recipe How-To

 Get ready to indulge in the ultimate chocolate dessert
Get ready to indulge in the ultimate chocolate dessert

Now, the moment we’ve been waiting for! Let’s dive into the recipe itself. Trust me, you’ll love every bit of it!


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup soymilk
  • 2 tablespoons margarine, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ cups hot water


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cocoa powder, and salt. Mix well.

  3. Add in the soymilk, melted margarine, and vanilla extract. Whisk until you have a smooth batter.

  4. Grease an 8×8 inch baking dish, and transfer the batter into it. Smooth out the surface using a spatula or a spoon.

  5. In another mixing bowl, whisk together the brown sugar and the remaining cocoa powder.

  6. Sprinkle the mixed dry ingredients over the top of your batter in an even layer.

  7. Carefully pour the hot water over everything else already in your baking dish.

  8. Bake in your preheated oven for about 45 minutes, until the cake has risen to the surface and is fully baked underneath.

  9. Allow it to cool a bit before serving, but honestly? This cake is best served while still warm, with some nondairy vanilla ice cream and maybe some sprinkled cinnamon for that extra spicy kick.

And that’s how you get yourself a scrumptious vegan Hot Fudge Pudding Cake! It’s not complicated at all, isn’t it? Go ahead and give it a try: you won’t be disappointed!

Substitutions and Variations

 Who says being vegan means you can't enjoy hot fudge pudding cake?
Who says being vegan means you can’t enjoy hot fudge pudding cake?

My dear friends, although this recipe is already a gem, there are ways to make it shine even more. Below are some suggestions for substitutions and variations that can add a personal touch to this chocolatey masterpiece.

For those who want to reduce their sugar intake, fear not! You can easily swap out the white sugar for coconut sugar or maple syrup. And if you want to make it completely refined sugar-free, try substituting with applesauce or date paste.

If you have a gluten intolerance or allergy, fret not! This cake can still be enjoyed by using a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend in place of regular all-purpose flour. You could also use oat flour or almond flour, but keep in mind that the texture will be different.

For those who are vegan and dairy-free, plant-based margarine can be used instead of regular butter. Vegan versions of whipped cream and ice cream can also be added as toppings. And for everyone else, feel free to use your preferred dairy products.

To take this recipe to another level, try adding different flavors or toppings. Some delicious options include chopped nuts, shredded coconut, fresh berries or a drizzle of peanut butter. You could also try switching up the pudding flavor; chocolate may be the classic choice, but vanilla or butterscotch would also work well.

Lastly, if you’re feeling experimental, try making this recipe in other forms! The same batter can be used to make a slow cooker hot fudge pudding cake, chocolate lava cake, self-saucing pudding cake or even a fudge sundae cake. The possibilities are endless!

I hope these substitution and variation tips have inspired creativity in the kitchen. Remember that baking is an art form and don’t be afraid to experiment and make it your own!

Serving and Pairing

 You won't believe this hot fudge pudding cake is 100% vegan
You won’t believe this hot fudge pudding cake is 100% vegan

When it comes to serving this vegan Hot Fudge Pudding Cake, the options are endless. While it is a delightful dessert on its own, there are some lovely pairings you can try too.

One of the best ways to enjoy this cake is by serving it warm with a scoop of dairy-free vanilla ice-cream. The coolness and creaminess of the ice cream perfectly balance the richness and warmth of the cake. It’s like having a perfect dance between two different textures and flavors and they both complement each other so well.

If you are looking for something lighter, you can serve this cake with some fresh berries such as raspberries or strawberries. These sweet tangy fruits work well in contrast to the richness of this chocolate fudge cake. A spoonful of whipped cream will give you an extra creamy texture that complements this fruity pairing.

Alternatively, if you want to get more creative, you can try incorporating a fudge sauce into your serving of this cake. Mix up some vegan chocolate sauce with hot water until it becomes thick and fudgy, then drizzle over the top of the finished product and let it drip down the sides. This will not only take your dessert game to another level but also create an eye-catching plating that will impress your guests.

In conclusion, while serving your vegan Hot Fudge Pudding Cake with vanilla ice-cream or fresh berries can never go wrong, adding fudgy sauces or whipped cream can elevate your cake’s taste and presentation up a notch. Feel free to experiment and discover new ways to enjoy this impressive dessert!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This cake is perfect for a cozy night in or a special occasion
This cake is perfect for a cozy night in or a special occasion

Greetings, my dear friends! Now that you have mastered the art of creating this impressive vegan Hot Fudge Pudding Cake, let me guide you through the steps of preparing it in advance, storing and reheating it.

You can make this cake ahead of time and store it for up to 3 days at room temperature or up to a week in the refrigerator. Just be sure to wrap the cake tightly in plastic wrap or store it in an airtight container.

When it comes to reheating your Hot Fudge Pudding Cake, you have two options: microwave or oven. If you choose to use a microwave, slice the cake into servings and put it on a microwave-safe plate. Heat each serving for about 30 seconds on high power until warm. Be careful not to overheat it, as it can lead to the cake becoming tough.

Alternatively, you can reheat the entire cake in the oven. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and cover the cake with foil. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until heated through. This will revive the sauce at the bottom and make your Hot Fudge Pudding Cake as good as new.

Another tip for reheating this delicious cake is by adding more hot water to loosen up the fudgy sauce underneath before heating. It will ensure that every bite will still be ooey-gooey goodness.

I hope that these tips will help you make this stunning cake again and again without worrying about leftovers. But trust me when I say; chances are there won’t be any left!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The gooey hot fudge layer on top is to die for
The gooey hot fudge layer on top is to die for

Cooking is an art that requires patience, practice and paying attention to the little details. Even when using a recipe, there are still some tips and tricks that can help you perfect your dish. Here are my top tips for making sure you get the best out of your hot fudge pudding cake:

1. Room Temperature Ingredients: Make sure your margarine and soymilk are at room temperature. This will help them mix better and create a lighter texture while baking.

2. Grease the Pan: Grease your baking dish well to ensure that the cake doesn’t stick to the bottom or sides of the pan. You should also use parchment paper to line the bottom of the pan.

3. Baking Powder: Be sure to measure the baking powder properly as too much of it can ruin the texture of your cake.

4. Use Hot Water: When mixing the hot fudge sauce, use hot water instead of cold water as this will enable all ingredients to blend together seamlessly.

5. Chocolate Pudding: When making the chocolate pudding mixture, mix it longer than stated in the instructions for a creamier texture.

6. Sift Flour: Sift flour into the bowl before adding other ingredients in order to prevent any lumps from forming.

7. Brown Sugar, Not White Sugar: Brown sugar helps give the fudgy, rich flavor which makes hot fudge pudding cake so delicious. Use brown sugar for both the cake and sauce.

8. The Right Size Pan: Use a 9×13 inch pan for perfect results in this recipe.

By following these tips, you’ll be sure to have an incredible vegan hot fudge pudding cake that will have everyone asking for seconds – or thirds!


As a vegan chef, I’m always happy to answer questions and provide clarifications on the recipes I share. Here are some frequently asked questions that fellow bakers like you have had about my hot fudge pudding cake (vegan) recipe. Don’t worry if you’re a beginner or if you haven’t baked a vegan cake before, as we will go over each question in detail to help you confidently make this delightful dessert.

How to make Betty Crocker Devil’s Food cake vegan?

Did you know that you can veganize cake mix with just one simple ingredient? It may seem like magic, but it’s true! No need to worry about adding eggs, oil, water, butter or milk. All you need is one 330ml can of soda for a single box of Betty Crocker cake mix.

Can you put instant pudding in cake mix?

One way to enhance the flavor and texture of your cake is by incorporating some instant pudding into the dry cake mix. Make sure to select a pudding flavor that is complementary to your cake mix, such as chocolate pudding for a chocolate cake mix. After whisking in the 3.4-ounce package of pudding, proceed to add the wet ingredients and bake the cake according to the instructions.

What is the difference between chocolate cake and chocolate fudge cake?

When it comes to chocolate cake, there are different variations that can affect its texture. For example, a typical chocolate cake is usually characterized by its fluffy and soft sponge, while a chocolate fudge cake tends to be more dense and gooey. The texture of a cake can be affected by the method used to combine the ingredients. In a light and airy sponge cake, you would typically cream the ingredients to incorporate more air. On the other hand, a fudgy cake would usually require melting the butter, sugar, and chocolate to create a dense texture.

Can you reheat chocolate fudge cake?

When it comes to reheating your delicious chocolate fudge cakes, it’s essential to bring them to room temperature before doing so. To prevent the chocolate from burning, I recommend reheating the cakes in the microwave at intervals of 30 seconds for a total of 1-2 minutes. Alternatively, you can warm them in the oven, ensuring that the temperature is kept low at around 275 degrees Fahrenheit.

Bottom Line

As I wrap up this article, let me leave you with a thought: veganism is not about limiting your options, but rather expanding your horizons. This hot fudge pudding cake recipe shows that you can still enjoy indulgent desserts even while sticking to a plant-based diet. Plus, it’s an excellent option for those with dietary restrictions or allergies.

Whether you’re vegan or not, this hot fudge pudding cake is an impressive dessert that will satisfy any sweet tooth. Not only is it easy to make with simple ingredients, but it also creates a decadent dessert that your guests will be raving about!

So the next time you’re in the mood for something deliciously sweet, try out this vegan hot fudge pudding cake recipe. Trust me; you won’t regret it!

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake (Vegan)

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake (Vegan) Recipe

Very rich--for me, this is for when I am really craving chocolate. This is modified from a Hershey's cookbook.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Vegan
Calories 325.5 kcal


  • 1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 7 tablespoons cocoa, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup soymilk
  • 1/3 cup margarine (softened or melted)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 1/4 cups hot water


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In medium mixing bowl, combine 3/4 cup sugar, flour, 3 Tbsp cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
  • Blend in the milk, vanilla, and margarine; beat until smooth.
  • Spread batter into a square pan 8x8x2 or 9x9x2. This cake does not rise, but it bubbles, so be sure your pan height is tall enough or you will have chocolate burning all over your oven.
  • In a separate small bowl, mix remaining 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar, and remaining 4 Tbsp cocoa; sprinkle mixture evenly over batter.
  • Pour hot water over the top; do not stir.
  • Bake for 40 minutes or until center is almost set. (It will look kind of like a cobbler).
  • Let stand 15 minutes; spoon into bowls, spooning sauce from bottom of pan over the top.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 128gCalories: 325.5kcalCarbohydrates: 60.4gProtein: 3.3gFat: 8.4gSaturated Fat: 1.4gSodium: 266.9mgFiber: 1.5gSugar: 44.7g
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