Hot Fudge Cake is a homemade version of a restaurant dish I had growing up. Layers of cake, ice cream, and hot fudge sauce make for a decadent dessert!
How many of you out there are familiar with Big Boy restaurants? In Cincinnati, and even Columbus, we had Frisch’s Big Boy, and every so often, I get a craving for their Fish & Chips platter. Cod fillets, fries, a dinner roll, and my other side was usually applesauce. There was one within walking distance of the townhouse we used to live in, and especially in high school, we’d eat there maybe once a week? Sometimes more frequently if we went there for weekend breakfast. And whenever I got dessert, it was always the same thing–Hot Fudge Cake. Two chocolate cake layers separated by a layer of vanilla ice cream, drenched in hot fudge, and topped with whipped cream and a cherry.
I’d almost always have to split the dessert with someone, because though I made a valiant effort, I couldn’t finish it by myself. It was always too rich, or I’d’ve cleaned my plate and should’ve had something small for dessert. But I’d always get the Hot Fudge Cake.
So when I was coming up with ideas for Choctoberfest posts, after making hot fudge sauce, I thought I’d try and recreate my favorite childhood dessert. It became a larger-than-expected pain-in-the-arse, but it was well worth the effort. And I’m sure I could’ve taken some shortcuts, but my stubborn streak often likes to do things the hard way. I made the sauce first, since that was the easiest component. Then I made the cake. I guess I did take one shortcut, and used store-bought ice cream.
It became a multi-day process, though it didn’t really need to be. The end result was delicious, though!