Chocolate fudge cake

Chocolate fudge cake

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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



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 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)

sammarlowuk's picture

The recipe in the Australian BBC Good Food Magazine was slightly different and used milk chocolate for the cake and the icing, which makes it super sweet, super delicious and more kid friendly. I popped the un-iced cake into the freezer, and it managed to retain all it's delicious texture and flavour! I made this for my husband's birthday and he loved it, especially the icing! A real hit! Check out the Aussie version on my blog...

samson111's picture

Really Easy but quite heavy?? Only needed half of the topping.
Made it for my nephews 1st birthday party, all gone in minutes!!

alie72's picture

I made this cake twice this week, once for the school graduation and once for my son's nursery school. Usually I like to test a recipe but I went out on a limb! For the graduation I used gold glitter and silver balls to decorate it and made the second one just like the picture. Needless to say I got the cakebox home empty. It such an easy cake to make in hurry. And you'll be asked for seconds.

karenmarymouse's picture

Delicious cake! I followed the advice of another reviewer and only used two and a half spoonfuls of cocoa powder. It turned out perfect.

vripley1985's picture

So far so good. It is made and looks as good as in the picture if not better! Waiting for hubby to come home from work to give his taste verdict!

kittycas5's picture

Such a good cake. And as I'm a massive chocoholic, I added milk and white chocolate chips: )

rach22almora's picture

Made this yesterday, loved it! Used all the exact ingredients, chocolate heaven!!

wesliam's picture

Perfect chocolate cake easy to make and not to rich and my boys loved it... Infact this is the third time in two weeks that I have had strict instructions from them to make it , it's going as fast as I make it...

virtualdeborah's picture

This is the second time of baking this cake. It really is an impressive cake... easy to make and tastes like a proper rich chocolate cake should!
I have added a link on my Facebook page and half a dozen of my friends have also made the cake and loved it!
All three of my children have put in a request for this cake to be their birthday cake. Yay to cake!!

chumphreys's picture

Found this really easy to make and tasted so good. This will be one I make again. Really good cake.

HGosal's picture

Great all rounder chocolate cake. Have made loads of times and its so quick and easy to put together, and most important of all it tastes absolutely gorgous if your a self confessed chocoholic :-)

mumsy5's picture

For siol14 ... that's what I did - chucked it all in and hoped for the best!! It's just come out of the oven and smells good! : )

mumsy5's picture

Well, mine is in the oven right now and I was just getting the icing ingredients in the bowl and thought that the condensed milk was a bit runny and said to myself, 'oh, I thought it was thicker than that' (I've never used it before - novice baker!) Then I looked at the can I'd grabbed from the cupboard and it was actually evaporated milk!! Oh well, I'll let you know how it turns out ... think I'll have to add some icing sugar maybe like frolo 743 suggested, lol! : )

siol14's picture

to those of you who have made i put the 100ml water in the pan with the choc, butter and sugar??

lanip97's picture

Hey guys, hoping to make this for my friends birthday, would it still cook the same in a round cake tin? Thanks:)

allielovetocook's picture

Really looked forward to making this as my Birthday cake .. followed it to the letter and it smelt great when cooking. However, am very disappointed with the finished result .. although very light in texture the cake is too dry for my preference. And too bitter-chocolate in taste. Also, not at all keen on the icing. Have found and made better Brownie and Fudge Cake recipes in the past and will be making them again in future rather than this one.
Shame .. it looked so good in the photo (mine looked great too!).
Still, you can't please all of the people all of the time as they say!!

grace97's picture

iam 15 and i thought it was brilliant to make, the only bit that went wrong was the icing, it tasted horrible, prehaps i made it wrong. I will make it again and see if it turns out like that. But on the other hand, i thought it was really fun to make and really easy too. Thankyou for a amaziingly brilliant recipe!

tulipira's picture

just tried this last night and brought to the office this morning. they all love it!!! will make this again very soon for sure!! I reduce the sugar and use palm sugar instead.

lynnetteh's picture

This cake was lovely and very easy to make. Going to make it again with milk chocolate.

emma052's picture

Very dissapointed with this recipe...followed it exactly as it states but it turned our extremelly dry & very hard on top. Have made hundreds of cakes over the years & one has never come out as awful as this one. Will stick to brownies in the future...


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