Chocolate fudge cake

Chocolate fudge cake

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Cuts into 12

You just can't beat a good chocolate cake, and this one is guaranteed to disappear as soon as you cut the first slice

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Un-iced sponges can be frozen
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
502
protein
6g
carbs
49g
fat
33g
saturates
20g
fibre
1g
sugar
35g
salt
0.66g

Ingredients

  • 200g plain chocolate, broken into chunks (use one with a low cocoa content - we used Waitrose plain Belgian chocolate)
  • 200g butter
  • 200g light brown muscovado sugar
  • 100ml soured cream
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 5 tbsp cocoa powder
  • hundreds and thousands, to decorate

For the icing

  • 100g plain chocolate
  • 170g can condensed milk
  • 100g butter

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Line a 22 x 22cm square tin with baking parchment. Put the chocolate, butter and sugar into a large pan with 100ml hot water and gently melt together. Set aside for 2 mins, then stir in the soured cream followed by the eggs. Finally, stir or whisk in the flour and cocoa until lump-free, then pour into the prepared tin. Bake for 50-55 mins until a skewer comes out clean. Sit the tin on a wire rack to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, make the icing. Gently melt together icing ingredients in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, then chill or cool until spreadable.
  3. To decorate, carefully turn out the cooled cake and peel off the baking parchment. Spread the icing over the top and scatter with hundreds and thousands, then cut the cake into triangles or fingers before serving.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2010

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jamrolypoly's picture

My grandchildren voted this as THE BEST chocolate cake! And I have to agree. Love the icing and use it all the time now for other chocolatey baked goodies.

vmlango's picture

I made this for a collegues birthday and he loved it! Despite the runny mess that the icing turned out to be. I left it in the fridge overnight and it only set slightly on the top (even after i had already melted extra chocolate in). I think the chocolate to butter and condensed milk ratio may be an issue - or the type/brand of condensed milk ?
As for the cake itself: On my first go it came out a bit dry because I had left it in the oven a little longer than suggested as it seemed a bit soft in the centre. The second one came out just right, but it is a very dense cake!

coconutsugarpixie's picture

When I first made it, turned out really tasty, but way too sweet. So next time I reduced sugar quantity, and even substituted a part with xilit - the result was perfect! Had also problems with the icing - probablu because condensed milk was sweetened. So I made my own version with water, whey powder, butter, little brown sugar and xilit, chocolate and cocoa powder. With the changes the cake deserves 5 stars.

mother_ship's picture

Not sure where I went wrong but mine turned out more like fudge than cake! Tasted ok, but seriously dense, not sure I'll bother a 2nd attempt.

bjenkess's picture

Pleased with the way the cake turned out, I only cooked it for 40 minutes and it was ready and perfect texture, I think the 50-55 minutes suggested may make it quite dry. I do think the recipe ingredients and method need wording better, I was not sure if the 100ml of water was to be added as it was not listed as an ingredient, or if it referred to boiling over 100ml of water. I added the water as an ingredient.

Linnypin 13's picture

Hi can anyone help on the icing. I stuck to the ingredients and put it in the fridge but the icing was too runny to do anything with. I was really disappointed and really want to make it. The cake was really easy to make. Thanx for any tips.

catgbcook's picture

My first time using this recipe. I did find the amount and type of ingredients a bit daunting at first but was surprised at how easy it was to make.
I definitely need to make a few tweaks, for some reason my cake split at the top and I didn't chill the icing so it was too runny.
Other than that the cake has turned out delicious and is fast disappearing will definitely be making it again

ruthlock's picture

Really delicious cake and very easy to make. Must have done something wrong though because as soon as you put your fork in it to eat, it completely crumbles on the plate making it very hard to eat!

bakingrocks's picture

I made this cake yesterday and it is really tasty, I used dark chocolate and the sponge comes out really fluffy and light and the fudge icing is really tasty. This cake was really easy to make and I would definitely make it again :-)

jpickers's picture
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Really liked this. The kids don't tend to like butter cream and other icing so this is perfect birthday cake for them. Moist and chocolatey. The icing on top is superb.

angiebaby56's picture

Followed the recipe exactly but found it a little dry, not sure what I did wrong

wolfiewolf's picture
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was worried that the dark choclate would be too much but the cream and condensed milk brought it down. was beautiful !

finnegad's picture
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Mine turned out more like a brownie. Was too dense and rich to be served like a cake -would be better served warm with some ice cream

saranyarustagi's picture

Simply delicious. Icing deserves a special mention - best choc icing I have ever had!

missy786's picture

Thinking of making this:)

puisan's picture

Fantastic cake. Made it into a sandwich birthday cake, middle layer filled with some of the topping and decorated as recipe state. Kids and adults all love it, an absolute fab cake for everyone as long as you're not worried about calories! Making it again for my other daughter's birthday tomorrow. Whoop! Whoop!

reddevilmrsp's picture

Can you use this icing as a filler, for example if I was sandwiching two of these together in a kids themed cake or would a buttercream filling be best for this?

annajaneharrison's picture
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Really easy to make and looked great. However, this was way too rich and the texture was really heavy, certainly took some eating! I won't be making this again.. : (

billywigglestick's picture
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Absolutely loved it. This recipe has become my staple chocolate cake recipe. It makes a great birthday cake and I've even turned them into cupcakes once, topping them with a vanilla bean icing and some caramel. I use yogurt and a bit of baking powder to substitute the soured cream as soured cream is quite difficult to find here. Also, I use dark chocolate because I generally find things too sweet.

siobhanpattimore's picture
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Gloriously rich and crumbly! I used this as a base to make chocolate fudge cupcakes (with peanut butter icing, naturally!) The only problem I had with them was they were a little -too- crumbly when in cupcake form. Also, I popped down the baking time to 20-25 minutes and it seemed to work just fine. Otherwise, this is fabulously simple to make.

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