Fudgy dark chocolate cake

Fudgy dark chocolate cake

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Cooking time

Cook: 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Cuts into 10 slices

Fudgy dark chocolate sponge, the perfect party cake, afternoon-tea cake or any-excuse cake

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Cake base freezes well for 3 months
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
548
protein
6g
carbs
44g
fat
40g
saturates
23g
fibre
2g
sugar
27g
salt
0.8g

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g softened butter
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 200g self-raising flour - swap 2 tbsp of the flour for 2 tbsp sifted cocoa powder (we used Green & Black's)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp milk

For the fudge frosting

  • 200ml double cream
  • 50g butter
  • 3 tbsp clear honey
  • 200g dark chocolate (use 70% cocoa solids if you can), broken into pieces
  • top with shaved or grated chocolate

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Butter two 20cm sandwich tins and line with non-stick baking paper. In a large bowl, beat all the cake ingredients together until you have a smooth, soft batter.
  2. Divide the mixture between the tins, smooth the surface with a spatula or the back of a spoon, then bake for about 20 mins until golden and the cake springs back when pressed. Turn onto a cooling rack and leave to cool completely.
  3. For the fudge frosting, heat the cream until it just begins to boil. Take off the heat and add butter, honey and chocolate (broken into pieces).
  4. Leave to melt for 5 mins, then stir briefly to combine - don't over-mix or it will lose its shine. Sandwich the cakes with a third of the just-warm frosting and spread the rest over the top and sides. Top with shaved or grated chocolate, if you like.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2005

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lawm01's picture
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So easy, and so delicious. I filled mine with black cherry conserve which went down a treat.

kimbartle's picture

Lovely cake, put in extra cocoa as Im trying to get a really dark sponge, My husband loved it. Baked it all in one tin & cooked for an extra 15mins on a slightly reduced temp for the remaining time.

dangermouse73's picture
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This cake was a hit, I decorated it with smarties as it was a birthday cake. My 5 year old nephew said that it was more good than the best cake ever. The sponge turned out really nicely.

littlemefi's picture
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Lovely cake, I've made this on a couple of occasions and it's always gone down well. Both times however I found the icing really runny and made the cake look messy. The second time I did leave the icing in the fridge for an hour and was still not set enough; when left in fridge overnight it did eventually set and was delicious.

kaybadland's picture

Cake was really easy to make and tasted lovely, fudge frosting was really runny, would change that next time.

curryhelen's picture
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Made this with my two year old & despite the fact that I had to guesstimate the amount of flour as she poured some in herself(!) it came out fab. We made one big cake, covered it loosely with foil in the oven, and just tested until a skewer came out clean. Didn't do the fudge frosting though, we decorated it with a soft cheese and melted chocolate frosting and white chocolate drops & sprinkles, and I thought the acidity of the cream cheese frosting worked really well. Lovely & moist. My little one said it was 'delicious'.

velvetpaws's picture
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Made this cake for my mum's birthday and the whole family loved it. Tasted absolutely fantastic and definetly better than a shop bought one.

garyhennessy1's picture

Can anyone name all the cakes pictured.
Would like to make them all
Thanks
Gary.

millyh2906's picture
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Absolutely fab recipe! just baked this and it came out the oven lovely, light and fluffy. Ive steered away from the recommended frosting and put my own recipe of a chocolate frosting on the top and in the middle. Gorgeous cant wait to indulge!
Thank you for the great recipe

lingz87's picture
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This cake is amazing! I made it as an alternative to the ultimate chocolate cake - less ingredients.. but it was delicious! Creamy and smooth and so, so moist! I swapped 3 tbs of cocoa powder too. I covered it with the ganache from the Ultimate recipe, and topped it with chocolate roses, for my mum's birthday. She loved it! This is definitely my ultimate chocolate cake recipe!

freshcream's picture
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oops, forgot to rate it.

freshcream's picture
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Im on the hunt for a super tasty choc cake for my daughter's bday (fast coming up!!!), but as it also has to be a princess' castle, it cant be a flourless as I am making a two-tier (must be firm), nor a brownie cake, because I will be covering it in pink coloured thick cream (brownie cake would be too too rich with all that cream on top) . I usually stick to Angela's Ultimate Chocolate Cake, but the last two times I made it I wasnt happy with it, was a bit dry for me (though it got polished off by all the guests without complaint!)... so after reading the other comments I decided to give this one a try...as others suggested I increased the amount of cocoa, and replaced the milk with two tbsp yogurt. Even tasting the batter told me that it wouldnt be all that, and yep, sure enough, it is nothing more than a glorified sponge. very disappointed...if you are looking for an irresistable chocolate cake, look elsewhere.

lauren00's picture

I blitzed up an orange that had been bolied for 30 minutes and added 2 tablespoons of this to the mixture

kattlemcrattle's picture
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I made this cake for my neices' 9th birthday recently. I followed the recipe all the way, but had to add more honey to the frosting as it was really too bitter for me. Once the cake was frosted, it was really shiney, like a ganache finish and everyone loved it. Some of the comments were that it wasn't too rich like a heavy chocolate cake. Making it again tonight!

sailorgirl700's picture
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I've just made this as a practise for my son's 18th Birthday cake. It took about 5 mins longer to cook in my oven than the recipe suggests. I chose not to cover it in the fudge icing. I used a chocolate butter cream instead for the filling and then piped some onto the top, finishing it off with grated white chocolate sprinkled over it. For the actual Birthday cake I will use the butter cream filling but use sugar paste to ice it as I am making a water sport themed two tier cake using a plain victoria sponge for the other tier.

lsween89's picture
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Lovely moist chocolate cake, i added a bit of ange zest to give it a kick. At first the ganache seemes too runny but after leaving it to cool and set slightly it went on pefectly, a big hit with whole family will definitely be making again!!

jen_garry's picture

I don't like cake.... neither does my husband, but this is something special! Really light and fluffy and the sauce.... it's to die for!!! made this for a friends birthday and it's incredibly easy to make even with the kids hassling you to lick the bowl!! Try it for yourself!

esme1576's picture
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The cake was quick and easy. I use 3 tbsp cocoa though...
I cut each sandwich into 2 to make a 4 layer cake and I still had too much frosting left.
I found the frosting quite bitter - I prefer milk chocolate - so next time I'll add an ounce of caster sugar to it.
Husband loves it!

sparkleinthesunshine's picture
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Lovely! Everyone loved it! I was unsure where to keep te cake because of the cream etc in the icing so I left it in the fridge as I guessed that woulbest. The fudge ucing was the favourite! And it was so easy to make it all

pops-learns-to-cook's picture

I made this for my cousin's birthday and it was a huge hit! My grandmother loved it and requested it for her birthday. It had a great texture. I used Hershey's cocoa (only thing I had on hand) and added 2 extra tbsps of it. For the frosting I used a mix of dark and milk chocolate and used golden syrup instead of honey. It was just perfect! I decorated it with an edging of milk chocolate cut up into little chunks and my uncle just couldn't believe that I'd made it at home.

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