Chocolate fudge cake

Chocolate fudge cake

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(130 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
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  • 200g light brown muscovado sugar
  • 100ml soured cream
  • 2 eggs, beaten
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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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llipparoni
16th May, 2016
1.05
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
23rd Apr, 2016
5.05
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
25th Dec, 2015
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
7th Oct, 2015
3.05
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
4th Jul, 2015
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
26th Apr, 2015
5.05
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
8th Apr, 2015
5.05
Quite possibly the best chocolate fudge cake ever......
allielovetocook
12th Mar, 2018
5.05
Am definitely in agreement there! I've been looking for the perfect chocolate cake recipe and now I've found it!
jamrolypoly
14th Sep, 2014
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
17th Apr, 2014
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!

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