Fudgy dark chocolate cake

Fudgy dark chocolate cake

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(64 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



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    • 3 tbsp clear honey



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    • 200g dark chocolate (use 70% cocoa solids if you can), broken into pieces
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    • 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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    6th Oct, 2013
    This is a great recipe for a chocolate birthday cake. I made it in one layer in a large heart shaped tin. Everyone said it was delicious!
    22nd Apr, 2013
    any chocolate cake that just contains just cocoa powder is bland and dry. There are any fab cakes on this site and this isnt one I'm afraid.
    26th Jul, 2013
    Have you actually baked it? It's sooo divine - much nicer than the ultimate choc cake recipe. I've made it about 4 times now and every time it's just soooo moist and yummy.
    11th Apr, 2013
    I also added a thin layer of black currant jam between the sponges.
    11th Apr, 2013
    FAB CAKE! As always I tinkered with the recipe slightly - only 1tbsp honey, and 2 large tbsp creme fraishe and 1 milk. I need practice on my gnashing though as I slightly overworked it on the cake and it lost the gloss.
    30th Mar, 2013
    I made this cake for my boyfriend's birthday, decorated with chocolate and caramel curls, and Maltesers spray painted gold. As I'd had to make it 2 days prior to the day itself, I was a little concerned it would be stale but tasted fine. Even nicer heated up in the microwave for 10 seconds, it makes the frosting really gooey! I followed the recipe exactly apart from using only 1 tbsp honey in the frosting instead of 3, as I read that it could be a bit overpowering. Overall I found this really easy to make and received good feedback from everyone who ate it.
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    22nd Feb, 2013
    Really loved this cake, I did change is slightly by spreading a layer of Apricot Jam to the middle along with the frosting and adding a sprinkle of orange zest to the top of the cake with grated chocolate, it made it taste like a "jaffa cake" 5 stars for this recipe
    20th Feb, 2013
    Very nice cake and very easy to make. Was amazing on the day, kept it in an airtight tin, but it tasted a little stale the next day. Worth it if eaten on the same day!
    23rd Dec, 2012
    HI all, after baking the ultimate chocolate cake by Angela Nielsen, I am so hesistant to try any of the choc cake recipes here. My attempt with Ms Nielsen's recipe came out looking rather good but the taste is so sickeningly sweet and that was without the ganach. I baked twice the amount for a big cake and used top notched ingredients, feeling very sorry about that now. Personally, I won't be enjoying the cake, I ate a small piece to see if it was worth to invest more in frosting it but the cloying sweetness just overpowered all that good chocolate (I used 70% choc bars, beautiful muscovado and raw brown sugar and good butter). I might try this for at one portion recipe so that it won't hurt so much if the end taste result isn't up to expectations.
    Orla.Hood's picture
    18th Jul, 2015
    The reason it hasn't turned out well, is because you didn't use the right sugar.


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