Fudgy dark chocolate cake

Fudgy dark chocolate cake

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Cook: 30 mins


Cuts into 10 slices
Fudgy dark chocolate sponge, the perfect party cake, afternoon-tea cake or any-excuse cake

Nutrition and extra info

  • Cake base freezes well for 3 months

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal548
  • fat40g
  • saturates23g
  • carbs44g
  • sugars27g
  • fibre2g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.8g
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    For the cake

    • 200g caster sugar
    • 200g softened butter



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    • 4 egg, beaten



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    • 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
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    • 2 tbsp milk



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    For the fudge frosting

    • 200ml double cream
    • 50g butter



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    • 3 tbsp clear honey



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    • 200g dark chocolate (use 70% cocoa solids if you can), broken into pieces
    • top with shaved or grated chocolate


    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.

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    Comments (78)

    Orla.Hood's picture

    Great recipe, one that I've used before, and will again!

    Petawilson's picture

    Didn't go down very well, tasteless dry sponge and icing was a bit bitter

    Orla.Hood's picture

    You obviously didn't cook it properly then.

    AnjuliStrange's picture

    Popping your slice of cake in the microwave for 30 seconds turns it into an amazing warm chocolate fudge cake. Much nicer than cold and very nice with a dollop of ice cream.

    Orla.Hood's picture

    Good Idea!

    elaineshuter's picture

    I made cupcakes from the cake mix, cooked them for 10 minutes they were not dry at all. I dipped the whole of the cupcake in the fudge frosting, when they had all been covered I whipped up the remaining frosting. The mixture will thicken and turn a milky chocolatey colour which I then piped on top of each cake. These turned out to be fudgy gooey gorgeous gems.

    snicka's picture

    This is a very quick recipe. I like that you add all the ingredients at the same time as that's what my 3 year olds tend to do anyway.

    spinach's picture

    Super cake, nice and moist! Made for an 18th birthday. The icing is extremely rich but sooooo good.

    debandlola's picture

    This was delicious. It's my usual chocolate cake recipe. Easy to make and always moist and chocolaty. I think those saying it was dry must have baked it a little too long. I have never tried a fudge frosting before. So glad I did. My family was very impressed and I will definitely be making this again. High calorie content, but worth it on special occasions.

    Orla.Hood's picture

    Very true :)

    nefetiti's picture

    Orla is this your recipe? I notice you're knocking all the people who haven't had a good experience, that's not very fair.

    rainbowfilter's picture

    found the cake very dry the fudge frosting however was delicious

    fi-o21's picture

    can anyone tell me how long this will keep?

    gudgeon's picture

    I just made the chocolate sponge to be the middle tier of a large tiered cake, and not the fudge frosting. I wasn't particularly impressed with it, the outcome was an only lightly chocolate coloured and flavoured sponge that wasn't especially moist or big on flavour. I have used other chocolate cake recipes that make a much nicer chocolate sponge.

    Orla.Hood's picture

    Well the cake is made to go with the frosting, so obviously it wouldn't be as it should be.

    rosiejames's picture

    THIS CAKE IS SO GOOD AND SO EASY TO MAKE! DELICIOUS!! Normally I'm a bit suspicious about just using cocoa power as makes for bland flavouring... but not this one! So moist. Yummy!

    claregane's picture

    This is a great recipe for a chocolate birthday cake. I made it in one layer in a large heart shaped tin. Everyone said it was delicious!

    bacon-n-egg's picture

    any chocolate cake that just contains just cocoa powder is bland and dry. There are any fab cakes on this site and this isnt one I'm afraid.

    Miss_Mcvicar's picture

    Have you actually baked it? It's sooo divine - much nicer than the ultimate choc cake recipe. I've made it about 4 times now and every time it's just soooo moist and yummy.

    last edited: 09:35, 26th Jul, 2013


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