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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samnrolf's picture
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I made this scrummy cake last week served warm with icecream was a hit with my two kids :) I would prob make less icin next time as it was extremely rich with the cake too but def a treat cake... very easy to make and i left out the sour cream and it still came out well.. enjoy :)

lavervira's picture
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Followed instructions to the letter, but cake was dry and horrible. Ended up in the bin.

alicia-foodoholic's picture
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Hi,
I did not use the sponge recipe above as I have my own which uses less fat similar to the jaffa drizzle sponge. I attempted the icing and it went straight down the drain. Sadly it did not thicken when left to cool, so I try to save it by re-heating it adding cornflour, however the mixture did not agree with this and the fat and chocolate started to seperate so did a chocolate butter icing.

My advise it give it a go as it worked for some, but be prepared for disappointment if goes wrong.

fletcs's picture
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Correction - I used 1 tsp gluten free baking powder and 1/2 tsp xanthan gum for the 200g gluten free flour.

fletcs's picture
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I made this cake for my birthday celebrations - it was absolutely gorgeous and turned out just like the photo! I used gluten free flour as I have coeliac disease and added 1/2 teaspoon gluten free baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum. It did take a little longer to cook in my oven, about 1 hr 20-30 mins. I will definately be making this one again - fab cake and such a simple method.

sharoneade's picture
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Lovely cake and very easy!!! Made this cake for the school, the kids loved it.Have made it 3 times now. Will make again. Followed the receipe to the letter and don't think you need to make any changes :)

frolo743's picture
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A quick update - since May i've made this for several birthdays (kids' & adults'), baby showers, new house cake & when i just need to bake something. Everyone has loved it, the recipe never fails & I don't use any other chocolate cake recipe now. thanks for a great recipe.

sbradley's picture
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I made this recipe in June and found it delicious. I made it again this weekend but used victoria sandwich tins and buttercream to sandwich the 2 halves together. I entered it in the local village fete and it won first prize. Thank you Good Food.

chrisgalea's picture
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A really easy to do cake and delicious too!

kateknight's picture
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Easy to make. Tastes delicious. Will be making this again!!

susandakers's picture
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amazingly easy to make and by god it's chocolate heaven!! thanks very much! wouldn't change a thing other than I wish it had zero calories!

eleanormayo's picture
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I LOVED the method of making this cake and also the icing. Only slight complaint is that I think there is a touch too much cocoa which gives it a slightly "dry" taste. Will make again, but with half the amount of cocoa powder

klrobbo152's picture
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Absolutley gorgeous turned out perfect, warmed up in microwave for 30 secs and served with vanilla ice cream. Did take about 1hour an half in oven though, well worth it

carrietaylor_1's picture
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Lovely!! Everyone really enjoyed it.

bethocallaghan's picture
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Rich and moist - my husband loved it.

deliciousmrsdee's picture
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I don't know where I went wrong with this cake. It took 1 hr 10 mins to cook before the skewer came out clean but had cracked and when it cooled it was hard on the top and dry. I used 5 rounded tbsp of cocoa powder which seemed far too much. The icing was a nightmare because it was too runny and even though I put it in the fridge to try and make it become spreadable, it never did. I had to pour it on and it all ran off. So disappointed as had made it for my boyfriend's birthday cake. Had to transport it in the car to his house too which didn't help! He eats most things, but even he said it wasn't one of my best cakes.
Very disappointed.

maryechappell's picture
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The cake is lovely but the icing wouldn't set even though I left it in the fridge. Maybe I could boil it for a few minutes?
Ate it anyway but with a fork!!

chaz94's picture
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awhh amazing cake especially when warm

wendyg70's picture

Delish!!!! Really easy to make, took a bit longer in the oven than suggested but came out perfect all the same. Great for a quicky birthday cake. Will definately make again.

esmawalker's picture
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Fantastic - lovely, moist cake and so easy to make!

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