Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

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In my dining room there is a sign on the wall that says “Cooking is Love Made Visible”. Of course there are many ways to show your love for someone … cooking happens to be my favorite. There are two reasons I decided to share this recipe with you at this time:

  1. I have yet to post a dessert blog … that tab has been empty far too long.
  2. It will be Valentine’s Day in less than 24 hours and this plate of chocolate gooey goodness is guaranteed to impress!

You’ve heard the phrase “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”?  Well, guys, I am giving you a gift this Valentine’s Day. The way to a woman’s heart (at least this woman’s) is through CHOCOLATE!  And do not say anything about not being able to bake. No mixer involved.  If you can boil water in a microwave, you can do this. You must, however, read the directions (apologies for the age-old, stereotyping joke … but you really must).

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

1 1/4 cups granulated sugar, divided
1 cup all-purpose flour
7 Tbsp cocoa, divided
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted but not hot
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/4 cup boiling water

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray an 8″ or 9″ square glass pan with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, stir together 3/4 cup granulated sugar, flour, 3 tablespoons cocoa, baking powder and salt. Blend in milk, butter and vanilla; mix until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan. In a separate bowl, stir together remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar and remaining 4 tablespoons cocoa; sprinkle mixture evenly over batter (it looks like a lot but that’s the key). Gently pour boiling water over top; do not stir. Bake 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven. Allow to cool at least 15 minutes. Serve while warm with ice cream or whipped topping.

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I wanted to try something different this time so I used 6 (7-oz) ramekens instead of the square baking dish. It worked. But it didn’t work as well as the square baking dish. I have a couple ideas why but the point is it was still delicious! Not perfect … it wasn’t quite as “fudgy” as it usually turns out in the pan. But isn’t that the point of Valentine’s Day? Nobody’s perfect … just “perfect” to you!

Want to put this Valentine’s Day completely over the top?

DO.THE.DISHES. (there aren’t many)

Warm chocolate dessert. Clean countertops. A small bouquet of flowers on the table.

Enjoy a thoughtful Valentine’s Day picnic.

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Anita Hinkeldey McVey

From the farm in Alta ... to college in Ames ... to the suburbs of Des Moines in Waukee ... I am an Iowa girl through and through. I married the cute, but quiet, guy who made me laugh out loud in Statistics class and we have two awesome, but terribly sarcastic, boys. In 1999, I quit my research job to be home with those active boys. Staying home allowed me to spend more time preparing meals, trying new recipes and striving to serve healthier options for my family. Now that my boys are men ... well, "adults" anyway ... and my husband still appreciates what I accomplish at home, I have time to explore my creative side and knock "writing a blog" off my bucket list. I love trying new things, traveling, gardening, reading and clean countertops. I love baseball (watching, not playing) and concession stands. Choosing a favorite food is impossible but if I was forced to pick just one, it would be pie! I thank God that He has led me to this place. Here's to a new adventure and hopes that others will be able to use what I post to discover the benefits of family meals and living a picnic life.

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