Oozing Hot Fudge Cake

This dessert is similar to what you’d get in individual ramekin lava cakes – but on a grander, more decadent level. The end result is so rich you’ll want to cut it with vanilla ice cream, freshly whipped cream, or both!

Oozing Hot Fudge Cake

Oozing Hot Fudge Cake
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Ingredients
  1. 2 teaspoons instant coffee
  2. 1.5 cups hot water
  3. 2/3 cups cocoa powder, *divided!
  4. 1/3 cup brown sugar
  5. 1 cup sugar, *divided!
  6. 6 tablespoons butter
  7. 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  8. 3/4 cups flour
  9. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  10. 1 tablespoon vanilla
  11. 1/3 cup milk
  12. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  13. 1 egg yolk
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 325 and spray an 8x8 baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Stir instant coffee into water to dissolve.
  3. In a bowl, combine 1/3 cup of the cocoa, brown sugar, and 1/3 cup of the sugar.
  4. In a small pot melt butter then whisk in remaining 1/3 cup cocoa, and 2 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Cool slightly.
  5. In a bowl, whisk remaining 2/3 cup sugar, vanilla, milk, and salt. Whisk in the butter/chocolate mixture. Add the flour and baking soda and whisk till combined.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle the cocoa/brown sugar/sugar mixture evenly on top. Pour the coffee mixture gently over the cocoa mixture.
  7. Bake until cake is puffed and bubbling and beginning to pull away from sides of dish - about 45 minutes. Do *not* overbake!
  8. Cool about 25 minutes and serve with toppings of your choice, such as ice cream or freshly whipped cream.
Notes
  1. *Important! Be sure to note where ingredients should be divided.
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Ooey, gooey chocolatey`caramely goodness.

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