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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grewal's picture
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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 this....do i put the 100ml water in the pan with the choc, butter and sugar??
thanks

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

emma052's picture
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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...

freshcream's picture
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so i have made this cake twice now, and concluded that it just does not rise; easy n quick to make, but i found the original recipe very dry, and the icing really terrible (very oily and liquidy - thankfully after reaching room temperature the butter rose to the top and i was able to pour it off and use it in another recipe) - would much prefer a ganache instead. the second time i made it i used wholemeal flour instead of white, and didnt add the sour cream. it is now sitting in the freezer waiting for the weekend when i drench it in lots of caramel and ganache for my little girl's birthday party. this is definitely not the best chocolate cake recipe i have made - the Ultimate Choc Cake on this website is way better. I am now at this moment baking Delia's chocolate almond cake - the search for the best choc cake continues!

freshcream's picture
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please can someone tell me whether this recipe is dense enough to hold its shape? i am making a castle cake for my daughter, two tiered, so need it to be pretty firm.
also, i want to fill the cake with a delicious icing, i was thinking chocolate ganache but if someone has made the icing in this recipe, please tell me, is it tastier than ganache or should i add this icing to whipped cream instead?
lastly, does it freeze well? if i make it and freeze it today (i need it in one week) do i have to thaw it overnight before putting cream on, or can i just garnish it and put it in the fridge straight out of the freezer?

margoandjohnny's picture
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5 stars!

margoandjohnny's picture
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Fantastic cake - made it for my 4 year old boy for his birthday. It was amazing. First proper cake i have ever successfully made. Brilliant! So easy and delicious!!!

tomthumb's picture
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Brilliant, so easy to make, made it for my husband as a Birthday cake as he loves chocolate and we all enjoyed it so much going to make it for my son's birthday but going to try making two and sandwich it together with the fudge sauce so that I can decorate the top with his favourite character. Will leave my comments if this works well.

babyadie's picture

HELP!
I want to make this tomorrow and am a little confused by the recipe. Do I melt the choc, sugar, butter in WITH the water or does it mean I melt it in a bowl over hot water? It seems slightly odd to melt them in the water but I am no expert!

aussiechick's picture

Love this cake! So easy to make & never fails. Only change I made to the recipe was to use only half the amount of cocoa. To use up the rest of the pot of soured cream, I make the icing with 160g melted dark chocolate mixed with 100ml soured cream - luscious!

crockytiger's picture

Wow .... Delicious, v rich but so easy 2 make, my 9 year old made it as his birthday cake without any trouble at all. Went down really well with children and grown ups alike, will most Definately make it again, no changes 2 the recipe.

bagclanger's picture
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this is perfect..easy to make and even easier to eat...my son descibed it as "turbo" which in Royal Marine language means excellent!!

barry_mcallister's picture

this says put choc butter and sugar in water, but theres no water in ingredients, does this mean over water ? how much water do i put in if its an ingredient ?

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