Naughty Chocolate Fudge Cake
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Naughty Chocolate Fudge Cake

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Serves 8

A rich but light chocolate fudge cake

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  • 175g Self raising flour
  • 2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tsp Bicarbonate soda
  • 150g Caster sugar
  • 2 Eggs Beaten
  • 150 ml (1/4 pint) Sunflower oil
  • 150 ml (1/4 pint) Semi skimmed milk
  • 2 Tbsp Golden syrup
  • For the Coating and filling
  • 75g Unsalted butter
  • 175g Icing Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • Drop of Milk


    1. Pre-heat oven to 180ºC/350F/Gas Mark 4. Grease and line two 18cm (7 inch) sandwich tins.
    2. Sieve the flour, cocoa and Bicarbonate of Soda into a bowl. Add the sugar and mix well.
    3. Make a well in the centre and add the syrup, eggs, oil and milk. Beat well with electric whisk until smooth.
    4. Spoon the mixture into the two tins and bake for 25 - 30 minutes until risen and firm to the touch. Remove from oven, leave to cool before turning out onto a cooling rack.
    5. To make your butter icing, place the butter in a bowl and beat until soft. Gradually sift and beat in the icing sugar and cocoa powder then add enough milk to make the icing fluffy and spreadable.
    6. If the cake has risen a little to high then use a serrated knife to even off the top, now sandwich the two cakes together with the butter icing and cover the sides and the top of the cake with more butter icing.

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ejsmith's picture

Excellent recipe, turns out well every time. I agree that you need more icing, I either double the quantities or make a ganache with equal weights of double cream and chocolate, melted together in the microwave, and a small lump of butter, which I cover the top with.

samilou1989's picture

Made this so many times - best chocolate cake recipe I've ever tried! Brilliant!

minniehughes's picture

I love this cake. Its very easy (I'm not the greatest cook). I've made it about 4 times and each time is been really nice, no issues. It rises every time. This has become my 'celebration' cake for birthdays etc. I don't use oil as I dislike the taste but use Flora Cuisine or similar.

katius's picture

This cake is absolutely delicious and so easy to make. It's now a firm favorite and my 'go to' cake for birthdays and other celebrations, so easy to decorate for each occasion, or great just as it is. Highly recommended.

hiccymapops's picture

I make this regularly as everyone in our house loves it, especially my little boys. I always double the icing though, everyone likes it warm and gooey here :-)

Looney76's picture

I have joined just so I can comment on this delicious cake. I asked my son what pud he would like on christmas day and he chose chocolate fudge cake. Searched on line and found this recipe. And im so glad i did. I made it yesterday as a trial run, and it's so light and moist. It's so yummy. My son is an expert on chocolate fudge cake and he gave it 10/10 so that can't be bad can it? Will be making it today for tomorrow and will do double quantities of the icing like so many people on here have said. Tomorrow i will ping it and serve it with vanilla ice cream Mmmmmmmm. Let's just hope everyone else likes it lol

jazzycake's picture

This cake is surprisingly light and fluffy. I love it. I have made this a few times and it has been pleasantly recieved. Although, following the recipe the first time I found that it was a bit too sweet so whenever I make it now, I only use 120g of sugar for the sponge and 140g for the filling.

As a Christmas edition of the cake I added a couple of capfuls of Bailey's Irish cream to the mixture. That went down very well too :-)

Nadia's picture

The whole family love this cake, delicious!! This is the cake i make every year for Christmas and Easter under request. I always have fun decorating it for different occasions.

cath201's picture

My husband raved about this cake - it being "better than anything you get out in the restaurants", I made it exactly as the recipe said and was so pleased with it. It stayed moist for a good few days too!

girl baker's picture

baked this yesterday even better eaten the next day i'm baking this again. I'm 11 so easy to make!!!!!!

Rhona S's picture

Delicious! Have written BEST CAKE EVER at the top of my printed copy so I can go straight to it in my book! I like a bit more icing though!!

louieq's picture

Excellent cake! Have made a few times now and get amazing comments! Everyone loves it!

Graciepopsmum's picture

This is fabulous always a winner, a real wow cake, my little girl loves it x x x x x x

terrilovis's picture
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This is a great recipe and very yummy. Gorgeous served up straight out of oven.
I cook in deep tin at 150 for extra 20 mins.
I find there isn't enough icing so would say you need 1.5 or twice as much. Enjoy!

mrsjam2010's picture

Absolutely fantastic cake, so easy to make & no folding,never fails have made several times & always gets excellent comments:)

heidikatejain's picture

Loved this recipe- a real hit with all my family, they were disappointed that I hadn't made more than one!!

niro0812's picture
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Great recipe, been after a moist choc cake for a while. I used Hershey's cocoa but wasn't chocolatey enough, will have a try using diff one next time.

mellypoppins28's picture

What's the best way to scale up this recipe to bake a 9.5" cake

salskipoole's picture

Me and my 2 year old made this last night. We didn't have the cake rims to poured the batter into a jug and made cupcakes....absolutely delicious and we got 17 mini chocolate fudge cakes :) yum!

tanya_capetown's picture

I tried this recipe over the weekend and was absolutely thrilled with the light and moist, I couldn't believe I'd baked it as I'm a total novice! I used a 24cm tin and the mixture was enough for just one cake, so I had to make a second batch in order to make a second layer, but it wasn't a problem because it's so quick and easy to do! The icing compliments the cake perfectly! The cake was demolished in a day. Next time I'm going to sandwich the two layers with caramel...can't wait! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe:-)