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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s0676968's picture

Gorgeous cake! Easy to make and tastes amazing. Would be delicious warm with some ice cream. Everyone loved it and folks even asked for a slice to take home. Great result!

kypnut's picture
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Made this exactly as recipe, but only needed 45 mins in the oven, and it was very dry and crumbly we were disappointed.
Does any one know why this was so dry?

joferg's picture
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The icing is delicious. I'd recommend letting it cool a little then pouring small half onto cake put into fridge to set then add the rest.

bovrilfaerie's picture

Delicious, I've made it twice and both times it's been perfect, used creme fraiche the first time and cream the second :)

kelli-c's picture
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for a choc lover this was ok, i did think chocolate + butter and condensed milk sounded a bit like a heart attack ! but i was a bit a dissapointed with the taste and i used 2 aero bars instead of the chocolate as i only had them ;0) sadly the taste wasnt that great , not as expected from the picture . not horrible but not like the fudge cake ive had in the past ! mine looked as good as above but not a keeper for the book ! easy to make and follow so good on that front but only 3/5 i think .

sullie's picture
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Made this cake today for my daughters 1st Birthday. It went down a treat with everyone. Would make this again and again.

myrawhite's picture
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This is a fabulous chocolate fudge cake- icy is sooo goood! My family love it!

fionablandford's picture
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this was really good - quick and easy though i followed others suggestions of less cocoa powdwer. i didnt use this icing as ran out of time so just did a little bit of butter icing and it worked well. very plesed with this one and will taste test if on others at work tommorw!

lornadennis's picture
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Forgot to say, I left off the sprinkles as well. Don't think they were needed or missed.

lornadennis's picture
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I made this with half the cocoa as suggested and it was lovely. Warmed in microwave and then served with ice cream it was delicious. Son and husband were fighting over last slice.

katieburr1's picture
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I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out perfectly, it's a winner, so light but really chocolaty, will definitely make again (think I'll have to buy a bigger size trouser by the time we finish it!!)

bacon-n-egg's picture
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For questions on obtaining sour cream use natural yogurt - works just as well. You can also use single cream and perhaps add a few drops of lemon juice if you want to get the sour. I would never buy sour cream for small amounts - generally I have plenty of quality natural yogurt in my fridge. Hope that helps.

stephanie88's picture
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I used this mixture for cupcakes and added chocolate chips to some, it made about 25. I also halved the amount of cocoa as mentioned in other comments. YUM!

holleyr's picture
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Made this for a friends birthday and it came out amazingly well!! Made my own sauce topping but only because it was easier I'm sure the one listed is yummy too! thank you!

hailswhite's picture
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Best chocolate cake ive ever made !
Since i didnt have a square tin i used a circular one and when the cake was cool i cut the cake in two and sandwiched them together with chocolate butter cream then put the icing from the recipe on the top of the cake, all i can say is YUMMY !

kristi123's picture
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Made this last night with my mum. It looked exactly the same as the picture! But the chocolate tasted way to strong an was actually quite dry! Maybe it's just our taste buds but we usually both love a chocolate cake but this was bloody horrible x

emsldn78's picture
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Mmmm!! I amended this slightly to make them into large cupcakes and I also put a raspberry in the bottom of each case so we'd get the sharp tang of the fruit. I left off the sprinkles as so many reviews said they ruined the texture of the cake and I can totally see why. The cake produced with this recipe is light and moist and delicious and far too delicate for such a harsh crunch on top. Perhaps a more nutty topping if you're looking for texture or perhaps even a little cookie?
Either way, this recipe made LOADS of cupcakes and the icing recipe was a revelation!
Will make this one again

tartanseer's picture

It is difficult to obtain soured cream where I live. Any alternatives?

sarahmintcake's picture

Made this cake to take into work. It was definately a hit. My boyfriend and I ate the remaining with icecream - yum. Ill definately be making this again.

sarahb1973's picture
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Made this for second time today. First time followed recipe and even though was delicious was extremely rich - cut into 12 was too much. This time, I left out the cocoa powder from the cake and made the icing with just icing sugar and cocoa powder and it was equally scrummy but substantially fewer calories. Will definitely make again using these changes.

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