Upside Down Hot Fudge Sundae Cake

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Look decedent??

Well, this looks more decadent than it is…imagine?

It’s totally easy to make and I am going to give you a gluten free and vegan option below…imagine?!?

Just remember, this is an unusual cake recipe.  It makes a beautiful, “lava- like” cake where you spread the batter on the bottom of a baking dish and the pour liquid over the top (AND DON’T STIR).  It bakes into a beautiful dish where the cake bakes to the top and the bottom becomes a wonderful fudgy liquid.  It may look weird, but trust me, it is awesome!!



1 c flour (or use this gluten free mix)

3/4 c sugar, divided

1/4 c cocoa, divided

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 c milk (or use almond milk for a vegan option)

1/4 c butter, melted (or use melted coconut oil for a vegan option)

1 tsp vanilla

1/3 c dark chocolate, chopped (use carob chips for a vegan option)

1/2 c brown sugar

3/4 c hot water

1/4 c coffee (or brandy)

Ice cream (optional, but this, this or this are great options!!)


1.  Preheat oven to 350 and spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray

2.  In a large bowl, combine flour, 1/2 c sugar, 2 tbsp cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside

3.  In a smaller bowl, mix milk, butter and vanilla and pour into flour mixture and stir to combine; pour into the baking dish.

4.  Sprinkle chocolate on top of of batter.

5.  In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, remaining granulated sugar (1/4 c) and remaining cocoa; sprinkle over cake

6.  Combine water and coffee and pour over pan but do not stir.

7.  Bake for 30 minutes or until cake is firm and sauce is bubbling; spoon onto serving plates and serve with cold vanilla ice cream.



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Dry ingredients in a bowl…


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Mix it together with a fork and add the cake batter liquid and stir (no mixer required!!)



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You can use a square baking dish as described above or you can divide the batter into 6-7 ramekins, spoon about 2 tbsp each of the sugar topping over the batter and then spoon about 3 tbsp of the liquid over the sugar…bake for about 25 minutes!


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Use this almond milk instead of regular milk.


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Use melted coconut oil instead of butter.



Use the gluten free blend on the blog.


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Ooooooooo…now, be honest, does this look like a gluten free vegan dessert?

Get outta town!!!