Chocolate fudge cake

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr


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

  • Un-iced sponges can be frozen

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal502
  • fat33g
  • saturates20g
  • carbs49g
  • sugars35g
  • fibre1g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.66g
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  • 200g plain chocolate, broken into chunks (use one with a low cocoa content - we used Waitrose plain Belgian chocolate)
  • 200g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 200g light brown muscovado sugar
  • 100ml soured cream
  • 2 eggs, beaten



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  • 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



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…


  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.

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Comments (150)

wolfiewolf's picture

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

finnegad's picture

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

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

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

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.

calmond's picture

Made this for my ten year old's birthday. Very easy to make and has already been requested by my oldest son for his birthday in 2013. Perfect served warm with ice-cream.

joannewall's picture

Have to say, I'm not completely convinced by this cake. I bake regularly and even following the recipe it was heavier than I expected. I wouldn't rush to do this again.

suemag's picture

Made this today for a rugby gathering. Followed the recipe exactly and it turned out perfectly. Eaten slightly warm. Very positive comments from everyone - delicious.

yummamamma's picture

Oh yea, forgot to add that mine turned out exactly like the picture! Awesome.

yummamamma's picture

I baked this earlier in the day and followed the measurements in the recipe but substitute the sour cream for plain yogurt n used brown sugar as I have brown sugar in my pantry. The cake turned out to be heavenly - very chocolate -y, dense n moist.
I placed icing in the fridge first as suggested.
Looves this cake, definitely my favourite so far !!
So easy to make and yummy!!

stevebart's picture

I have a problem with this cake! I've made it twice now and twice its fallen apart when I've taken out of the tin! Arghhh....why! Help?! Apart from that the cake it self is delicious :)

Just in case you think the answer is it's under cooked I don't think that's the problem as the knife came out clean when I prodded it about :(


m8thm0's picture

I made this cake for my brother's birthday and the whole family loved it. The cake was beautifully moist and the icing complemented it really well. The icing had just the right consistency too. I used Co-op 50% dark chocolate which gave the cake a rich chocolate taste without being sickly. Also wasn't too expensive to make. I decorated mine with chocolate curls rather than hundreds and thousands.

jannya's picture

Lovely cake, very easy and delicious! Not all that fudgy, slightly dry at the corners, and the icing dribbled off the sides but it tasted great! Not too rich, 5 tbsps cocoa was fine, but I'm not sure what the sour cream really added. I'll definitely make this for friends' birthdays in the future! :)

sarvella's picture

Easy to make and delicious!

lizlemur's picture

Fab chocolate cake went down well with all the family so much so need to make another one! Came out exactly as the picture.

I left the cake in the tin until completely cool then poured over the icing which kind of pooled in the corners making the edge slices extra yummy. Once set lift out using the edges of the paper and then peel the paper away to slice.

Do wonder how important the sour cream is as it is not an ingredient I usually have in the fridge.

tilsworth's picture

After reading all the great reviews, I decided to make this & take it to my sisters for tea yesterday. I was so disappointed with this recipe! no-one said it was nice either. It was very sweet & didn't really taste as luscious as I was expecting. The sponge wasn't very 'spongey' either. Definitely won't make again :(


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