Fudgy dark chocolate cake

Fudgy dark chocolate cake

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(59 ratings)

Cook: 30 mins


Cuts into 10 slices
Fudgy dark chocolate sponge, the perfect party cake, afternoon-tea cake or any-excuse cake

Nutrition and extra info

  • Cake base freezes well for 3 months

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal548
  • fat40g
  • saturates23g
  • carbs44g
  • sugars27g
  • fibre2g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.8g
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    For the cake

    • 200g caster sugar
    • 200g softened butter



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    • 4 eggs, beaten



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    • 200g self-raising flour - swap 2 tbsp of the flour for 2 tbsp sifted cocoa powder (we used Green & Black's)
    • 1 tsp baking powder
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    • 2 tbsp milk



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    For the fudge frosting

    • 200ml double cream
    • 50g butter



      Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

    • 3 tbsp clear honey



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    • 200g dark chocolate (use 70% cocoa solids if you can), broken into pieces
    • top with shaved or grated chocolate



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    1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Butter two 20cm sandwich tins and line with non-stick baking paper. In a large bowl, beat all the cake ingredients together until you have a smooth, soft batter.

    2. Divide the mixture between the tins, smooth the surface with a spatula or the back of a spoon, then bake for about 20 mins until golden and the cake springs back when pressed. Turn onto a cooling rack and leave to cool completely.

    3. For the fudge frosting, heat the cream until it just begins to boil. Take off the heat and add butter, honey and chocolate (broken into pieces).

    4. Leave to melt for 5 mins, then stir briefly to combine - don't over-mix or it will lose its shine. Sandwich the cakes with a third of the just-warm frosting and spread the rest over the top and sides. Top with shaved or grated chocolate, if you like.

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    27th Oct, 2016
    Really tasty. Moist and easy to make. Ours was dairy free made with Flora freedom and oat milk. It took too long for my icing to set due to oat cream being used so I made normal chocolate buttercream. As a bonus I now have a load of fudge icing in my fridge....yum!
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    18th Jul, 2015
    Great recipe, one that I've used before, and will again!
    3rd Apr, 2015
    Didn't go down very well, tasteless dry sponge and icing was a bit bitter
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    18th Jul, 2015
    You obviously didn't cook it properly then.
    14th Mar, 2015
    Popping your slice of cake in the microwave for 30 seconds turns it into an amazing warm chocolate fudge cake. Much nicer than cold and very nice with a dollop of ice cream.
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    18th Jul, 2015
    Good Idea!
    1st Feb, 2015
    I made cupcakes from the cake mix, cooked them for 10 minutes they were not dry at all. I dipped the whole of the cupcake in the fudge frosting, when they had all been covered I whipped up the remaining frosting. The mixture will thicken and turn a milky chocolatey colour which I then piped on top of each cake. These turned out to be fudgy gooey gorgeous gems.
    20th Oct, 2014
    This is a very quick recipe. I like that you add all the ingredients at the same time as that's what my 3 year olds tend to do anyway.
    10th Oct, 2014
    Super cake, nice and moist! Made for an 18th birthday. The icing is extremely rich but sooooo good.
    25th Aug, 2014
    This was delicious. It's my usual chocolate cake recipe. Easy to make and always moist and chocolaty. I think those saying it was dry must have baked it a little too long. I have never tried a fudge frosting before. So glad I did. My family was very impressed and I will definitely be making this again. High calorie content, but worth it on special occasions.


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