Hot Fudge Pudding Cake


1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons shortening, melted
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa
1 3/4 cups hot water
Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, optional

In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt sugar and cocoa. Stir in milk and shortening. Blend in nuts. Spread in a greased 9-inch square baking dish.

In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cocoa. Sprinkle over batter. Pour water over entire batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

During baking, the cake mixture rises to top and chocolate sauce settles to bottom. Invert squares of pudding on dessert plates. Ladle sauce from pan over each serving.

The entire pudding can be inverted onto a deep serving platter. Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream if desired.