Hot Fudge Cake (AKA Chocolate Cobbler)


Here Chocolate meets Cobbler for one unforgettable dessert! It’s like a molten, warm chocolate lava cake and you’re going to be head-over-heels in love with this rich decadence. It’s easy to make and sure to be loved by people all ages.

Chocolate cobbler in a white individual bowl topped with vanilla ice cream, strawberries and walnuts.

Chocolate Fudge Cake, AKA Chocolate Cobbler

There are two main recipes for this cake online, there’s a version that uses vegetable oil and more water and another that uses butter and less water. I went with the butter option because

  1. Butter is better.
  2. I like that it used less water which would mean a thicker sauce.

The only thing I thought the recipe needed was more salt, which I’ve added to the recipe below. Other than that it’s golden! And how I can’t wait to make it again!

Hot Fudge Cake or Chocolate Cobbler in a white baking dish.

How to Make Chocolate Cobbler

  • Preheat oven (350) and butter baking dish.
  • Whisk 3/4 cup granulated sugar, flour, 1/4 cup cocoa, baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt.
  • Mix in milk, butter and vanilla.
  • Spread into baking dish.
  • Mix 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, 1/4 cup cocoa and 1/4 tsp salt.
  • Pour mixture over batter in baking dish and spread even.
  • Pour in hot water (don’t stir).
  • Bake until center is nearly set, about 35 – 40 minutes.

Just look at all that molten, fudgy chocolate goodness…

Close up image of molten filling and cake topping of chocolate cobbler.

What Should I Serve with It?

I mean it’s pure magic on it’s own but you can go wrong with a few toppings. Here are my suggestions.

  • Ice cream. Vanilla, chocolate or strawberry.
  • Fresh strawberries or raspberries.
  • Nuts for a little textural contrast. Walnuts, pecans or peanuts.
  • Banana slices. Just thing of a hot fudge sundae.
  • Maraschino cherries, cause why not?

Hot Fudge Cake AKA Chocolate Cobbler

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Hot Fudge Cake AKA Chocolate Cobbler

Rich chocolate cake with a warm molten fudge center, does it get any better? This cake is easy to make and sure to satisfy those chocolate cravings!

Servings: 8
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 1/4 cups (250g) granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 cup (142g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (50g) unsweetened cocoa powder, divided
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt , divided
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk
  • 1/3 cup (74g) unsalted butter, diced into 1 Tbsp pieces and melted
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (110g) packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups (355ml) very hot water

Topping (optional)

  • Sliced strawberries and bananas
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Chopped toasted walnuts (optional)
  • Mint leaves (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 by 9-inch (or 11 by 7-inch) baking dish, set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar, flour, 1/4 cup (25g) cocoa powder, baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt for 20 seconds. Pour in milk, melted butter and vanilla and stir with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until well blended. Spread batter evenly into prepared baking dish.
  3. In a mixing bowl whisk together remaining 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar, brown sugar, remaining 1/4 cup (25g) cocoa powder and remaining 1/4 tsp salt. Pour mixture over batter and spread into an even layer. Carefully pour hot water evenly over top, do not stir.
  4. Bake in preheated oven 35 - 40 minutes until center is nearly set (it should still wiggle slightly). Remove from oven and let stand for 10 - 15 minutes before serving. Serve in bowls topped with strawberries, bananas, ice cream and pecans if desired. Garnish with mint. Serve immediately.
  5. Recipe source: adapted from Hershey's
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Cobbler, Hot Fudge Cake
Author: Jaclyn


  • Laura | Tutti Dolci: Gorgeous, I’m obsessed with that molten chocolate goodness! :) August 9, 2017 at 5:14pm Reply

  • Caterina: Sorry I’m a little confused, but you must end with: batter, sugar+cocoa mixture, and hot water on top?
    Like in different layers? June 29, 2017 at 12:46pm Reply

  • Adrianne: Do you think there is any way to make this ahead of time? I want to serve this in the afternoon, but will be gone all morning. I know it doesnt take too long to make but I don’t know if I will have an hour to put it together. Any thoughts?

    Looks divine! June 12, 2017 at 5:57am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You can make it ahead of time but I definitely prefer it warm form the oven. It is pretty quick to throw together + baking time I guess. But I’d just wait until there’s a time where you can serve it soon after making. Hope you love it! July 9, 2017 at 11:39am Reply

  • Tumi: This looks absolutely divine!!! How many people can this recipe serve? June 11, 2017 at 2:22pm Reply

  • JO: I’ve just made this for tea and it’s absolutely gorgeous – thanks for sharing June 10, 2017 at 1:20pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the kind reply Jo! June 13, 2017 at 12:04pm Reply

  • Ben Myhre: It is early in the morning right now where I am.. is it ok to eat this for breakfast? It looks so nummy! June 8, 2017 at 7:08am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Lol of course – best breakfast ever! June 9, 2017 at 12:42pm Reply

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