Saucy Chocolate Cake with Ice Cream

    1 hour 15 min

    A great, no mess, no fuss recipe. The cake is made and baked in the same tin. The chocolate cake is topped with ice cream and fudgy chocolate sauce.

    40 people made this

    Makes: 9 servings

    • 125g plain flour
    • 150g caster sugar
    • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 125ml milk
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 115g chopped walnuts
    • 220g dark brown soft sugar
    • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 415ml hot water
    • 500ml vanilla ice cream

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Extra time:15min resting  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. In an ungreased 23cm square tin, stir together the flour, sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa, baking powder and salt. Mix in milk, oil and vanilla with fork until smooth. Stir in walnuts.
    3. Spread evenly in tin. Sprinkle with dark brown soft sugar and 4 tablespoons cocoa. Pour hot water over batter. Bake 40 minutes.
    4. Let stand 15 minutes; cut into squares. Invert each square onto dessert plate. Top with ice cream and spoon sauce over each serving.

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    I followed the recipe EXACTLY! The recipe states "No messy clean-up with this one. Just mix and bake in the same pan." This was NOT the case for me. After combining the flour & cocoa mixture with milk in the pan it was extremely thick and did not spread well in the pan. Added remainder of ingredients including hot water. Recipe does *not* state to stir. Chocolate mixture does not look cohesive in the pan. Carefully placed in oven for 35 minutes. After 10 minutes of baking filling overflowed out of the pan. (Yes, it smelled bad). Decided to continue to bake until done. There was *no* sauce to drizzle when I cut pieces.  -  06 Jul 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This one is a keeper in our house. It's so easy to make, I mixed it all in one pan as the recipe suggests. This is a must have to wow unexpected dinner guests. I didn't find it too sweet at all. The ice cream melded with the ooey gooey richness perfectly. Admittedly I let it sit about five-ten mins longer than the recipe said after it came out of the oven, but the amount of "fudge sauce" on the bottom was just right. Thanks for this easy recipe to address those urgent chocolate cravings.  -  13 Apr 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I have made this recipe for years - since I was in grade school! It is a favorite of my family. To the reviewer who felt it was really messy-you mix the cake then sprinkle the brown sugar/cocoa mixture on top and pour the hot water over and DO NOT STIR! If it looks like it will overflow-just put a pan or a piece of foil underneath. It is absolutely delicious with sweetened whipping cream or ice cream!  -  24 Jan 2012  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)