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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Mocha Pudding Cake





From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is a variation of a dessert that most people call a hot fudge cake. It's  really an old-fashioned pudding cake that makes it's own fudge sauce as it bakes. The first of these cakes was created in the early 1920's by Emelyn Hartridge while she was a student at Vassar College in New York. Fudge had just become popular and she wanted to develop a recipe that would would blend fudge with cake. When she was satisfied with her efforts, she presented her new fudge cake at an auction where she sold 40 pounds of it to students and friends of the college. The idea caught on and history was writ. The cake consists of two layers, the first of which is a fairly standard cake batter. The batter is covered with a pudding layer that puffs and bubbles, lava-like, as the cake bakes. That molten pudding sinks as the cake cools and the cake rises to the top, completely reversing the order of the original layers. This is an incredibly rich, intensely chocolate cake that should be served warm and in small portions. Rich or not, it still begs to be topped with a dollop of cream. When the cake first comes from the oven the pudding layer is sauce-like, but as it cools, it firms and becomes more like a very soft fudge. The version of the cake I'm featuring today was developed by Aida Mollenkamp for CHOW. She adds coffee to the standard ingredient mix and makes a lovely mocha flavored cake, that I suspect chocolate lovers will really enjoy. The flavors here are intense and this cake definitely falls into the death by chocolate category. Here's the recipe.

Mocha Pudding Cake
...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Aida Mollenkamp CHOW.com

Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, divided use
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided use
1 cup whole milk
4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick), melted and cooled slightly
1 large egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup strong brewed coffee, at room temperature

Directions:

1) Arrange a rack in middle of oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8 x 8-inch square baking dish with butter and set aside.
2) Combine flour, 3/4 cup of the cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl and whisk to break up any lumps.
3) In a large bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar, milk, butter, egg, and vanilla until evenly combined and smooth.
4) Add flour mixture to milk mixture and whisk until just combined (some lumps will remain).
5) Transfer batter to prepared baking dish and spread evenly. Combine remaining 1/4 cup cocoa, remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar, and brown sugar in a small bowl, stirring until combined. Sprinkle mixture over batter. Pour coffee over batter, do not stir, and place in oven.
6) Bake until cake is bubbling, puffed, and set at the edges but still a bit loose in middle, about 25 minutes. Remove to a rack and let cool 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 6 to 8 servings.







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31 comments:

Hovkonditorn said...

I love this already, I'm bookmarking it :) Thanks for sharing!

Debs @ The Spanish Wok said...

OMG this is my kinda cake.

Is 1 tablespoon vanilla extract correct? It seems an awful lot!

Fuat Gencal said...

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Alessandra said...

This sounds so decadent and delicious! Truly satisfying!

Have a good Sunday

Ciao
Alessandra

Jeannie Tay said...

I love cofee, can't do without it even for a day. I know I would love this cake very much!

Foodycat said...

How delicious! Very interesting bit of history too!

Martha said...

I've never had this in a mocha flavor but we used to make it with the hot fudge and one that we called cinnamon pudding. They all sound good to me! The mocha is a great idea!

Kim Garceau said...

I would love a piece of this superb pudding cake!!!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

That fudge just wants to melt in my mouth ...

Shug said...

This one for sure has to be tops for chocolate lovers....So moist and rich!
I'm guessing this recipe will be a keeper for all...
Hugs

Priya said...

Quick and fabulous cake,loving it.

Anne Regalado said...

Mary , that pudding cake looks so rich and moist ! Really love the mocha flavor of this cake !

kitchen flavours said...

I love anything mocha and this looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the interesting story on fudge cake!
Hope you have a great week ahead!

Adriana said...

Wow! delicious

Jen said...

I love vintage recipes and their histories. Thanks for sharing.

Agnes said...
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Agnes said...

Thanks for sharing this moist pudding cake recipe. I need to make this for my daughter who love chocolate.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Now this sounds really good, think it would be even better with a little brandy/cognac over it :-) Take care Diane

Carol OurSearsKitHome said...

Goodness! Wonderful!

David said...

Mary... A mocha pudding cake! Right on! This recipe will go into my wife's favorites recipe file. Looks and sounds terrific... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

EliFla said...

It's such a long time I don't come to visit your blog....and now that I'm back I find a wonderful recipe as always...... thanks a lot for sharing...have a great day, blessings and hugs, Flavia

Dining Alone said...

Adding the coffee makes this just sound totally perfect, I love all things mocha flavored. Have a wonderful week!!

tender b. said...

Very nice looking cake.

Katz Tales said...

I'm drooling here!


Hey, a fellow blogger mentioned non-dairy topping. Living in Malaysia, I have never seen that. Could you do a post on non-dairy stuff and how to use it? It sounds wild!

Jeane M. said...
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Reshmi Mahesh said...

Drooling over the slice...yummy and irresistible...

mia xara said...

Oh Mary, this is death by chocolate indeed.. Very rich, yet so very irresistible..

scrambledhenfruit said...

So gooey and delicious! I love the coffee in it- it always gives the chocolate extra "oomph!" :)

France@beyondthepeel said...

We use to make a version of this as a kid, but haven't made it in ages. How wonderful to have a grown up version with the coffee. My sister would be all over this cake!

Hovkonditorn said...

Hi Mary! I made this pudding cake and both me and my husband loved it! Thank you so very much for sharing the recipe! Have a great weekend!

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