Chocolate fudge cake

Chocolate fudge cake

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(105 ratings)

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 (149)

freshcream's picture

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

5 stars!

margoandjohnny's picture

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

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

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

this is perfect..easy to make and even easier to 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 ?

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

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

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

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

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

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

fionablandford's picture

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

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

lornadennis's picture

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

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!!)


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