Chocolate fudge cake

Chocolate fudge cake

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(105 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 200g plain chocolate, broken into chunks (use one with a low cocoa content - we used Waitrose plain Belgian chocolate)
  • 200g butter

    Butter

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  • 200g light brown muscovado sugar
  • 100ml soured cream
  • 2 eggs, beaten

    Egg

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  • 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.

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Comments (149)

shirley1265's picture

Instrucions are fine. Easy to follow. But sponge was too crumbly and topping too sweet. won't make the cake again but will save the sauce récipe for other sweets

llipparoni's picture
0

This didn't work for me at all. I found the instructions a bit vague, wasn't sure whether to add the water to the chocolate or melt it as a Bain Marie (which is normally what is done). It turned out very flat and very dense and dry. The icing was oily and far too rich. I've baked a lot and this has to be the least successful thing I've made.

SusanVaaiga's picture
5

Amazing. Dense and fudgey is just what I expected from the name. I checked it at 45 mins and knife came out clean. I cut out smaller circles of cake and layered it with the frosting between and all over and set it in the fridge overnight then frosted it again. Served w yoghurt and coffee. Mmmmmm Happy Birthday Husband.

nicolab559's picture

This is not a good chocolate cake at all! So disappointed, it's far too dense, the texture when eating is horrible far too dry, such a shame because it looks lovely

Kuddlez's picture
2.5

Made this yesterday and it was almost a failed cake. Too dense and crumbly and the fudge topping was oily. Left it in a covered container overnight and gave it a 2nd taste test, I must say it tasted really much better and the fudge dried out so it looked pretty much like the picture in the website. Very intense chocolatey cake. I will try this recipe again but leaving out the cocoa powder to see if it will create a less dense cake. =) Glad that my first chocolate cake wasn't a failure after all!

porridge93's picture

Amazing cake! Thought it would be too rich with datk chocolate so used half milk and half dark. Will definitely be making it again!

maiadunn's picture
5

Concerned at first after reading the reviews, but this turned out amazingly! As another reviewer said: just like the picture! I checked with the skewer at 45mins and it came out clean, so I didnt leave it in for another 5-10mins. The icing was spreadable after leaving it to cool. Will be making this again, the children love the colourful topping!

sianqoc's picture
5

Quite possibly the best chocolate fudge cake ever......

jamrolypoly's picture

My grandchildren voted this as THE BEST chocolate cake! And I have to agree. Love the icing and use it all the time now for other chocolatey baked goodies.

vmlango's picture

I made this for a collegues birthday and he loved it! Despite the runny mess that the icing turned out to be. I left it in the fridge overnight and it only set slightly on the top (even after i had already melted extra chocolate in). I think the chocolate to butter and condensed milk ratio may be an issue - or the type/brand of condensed milk ?
As for the cake itself: On my first go it came out a bit dry because I had left it in the oven a little longer than suggested as it seemed a bit soft in the centre. The second one came out just right, but it is a very dense cake!

coconutsugarpixie's picture

When I first made it, turned out really tasty, but way too sweet. So next time I reduced sugar quantity, and even substituted a part with xilit - the result was perfect! Had also problems with the icing - probablu because condensed milk was sweetened. So I made my own version with water, whey powder, butter, little brown sugar and xilit, chocolate and cocoa powder. With the changes the cake deserves 5 stars.

mother_ship's picture

Not sure where I went wrong but mine turned out more like fudge than cake! Tasted ok, but seriously dense, not sure I'll bother a 2nd attempt.

bjenkess's picture

Pleased with the way the cake turned out, I only cooked it for 40 minutes and it was ready and perfect texture, I think the 50-55 minutes suggested may make it quite dry. I do think the recipe ingredients and method need wording better, I was not sure if the 100ml of water was to be added as it was not listed as an ingredient, or if it referred to boiling over 100ml of water. I added the water as an ingredient.

Linnypin 13's picture

Hi can anyone help on the icing. I stuck to the ingredients and put it in the fridge but the icing was too runny to do anything with. I was really disappointed and really want to make it. The cake was really easy to make. Thanx for any tips.

catgbcook's picture

My first time using this recipe. I did find the amount and type of ingredients a bit daunting at first but was surprised at how easy it was to make.
I definitely need to make a few tweaks, for some reason my cake split at the top and I didn't chill the icing so it was too runny.
Other than that the cake has turned out delicious and is fast disappearing will definitely be making it again

ruthlock's picture

Really delicious cake and very easy to make. Must have done something wrong though because as soon as you put your fork in it to eat, it completely crumbles on the plate making it very hard to eat!

bakingrocks's picture

I made this cake yesterday and it is really tasty, I used dark chocolate and the sponge comes out really fluffy and light and the fudge icing is really tasty. This cake was really easy to make and I would definitely make it again :-)

jpickers's picture
5

Really liked this. The kids don't tend to like butter cream and other icing so this is perfect birthday cake for them. Moist and chocolatey. The icing on top is superb.

angiebaby56's picture

Followed the recipe exactly but found it a little dry, not sure what I did wrong

wolfiewolf's picture
4

was worried that the dark choclate would be too much but the cream and condensed milk brought it down. was beautiful !

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Questions (1)

LilAndEm's picture

Is the water an ingredient or part of the "bowl over hot water"? I was reading comments and wondered if the crumbly texture some experienced was due to adding or not adding water as an ingredient. Not really used to put water in cakes.
I have made this before though, but it was over a year ago and i can't remember what I did with the water. It did turn out great, everyone who tried it loved it.

Tips (2)

maryechappell's picture
4

I have made this cake twice & it has a lovely chocolate flavour, but I have had problems with the icing being too runny, this time I used evaporated milk with added sugar as there was no condensed milk in the shop and I boiled it for 20 mins which has made it just right. I tested it every 5 mins with a drop in a cup of cold water. Condensed milk might be quicker.
I also used low fat creme fraiche instead of sour cream as that is what I have in.

Becky platt's picture
5

This turned out lovely though I used stork instead of butter so maybe that helps with the density and topping. I also whisked the mixture until it was full of bubbles. Good luck x

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