Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
1 cup flour
7 tablespoons cocoa, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup melted butter
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup brown sugar
1-1/2 cup hot water
1 cup chopped nuts
Whipped topping

Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, mix 3/4 cup sugar, flour, 3 tablespoons cocoa, milk, butter and vanilla. Stir till smooth. Pour batter into a 9 inch round cake pan. Set aside. In small bowl, mix 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar and 4 tablespoons cocoa. Sprinkle dry mixture evenly over batter. Carefully pour hot water over all ingredients in pan. DO NOT MIX. Carefully place in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes. Serve warm garnished with chopped nuts, cherries and whipped topping.

Serves 6.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana