Chocolate fudge cake

Chocolate fudge cake

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(108 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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freshcream
8th Nov, 2011
3.05
so i have made this cake twice now, and concluded that it just does not rise; easy n quick to make, but i found the original recipe very dry, and the icing really terrible (very oily and liquidy - thankfully after reaching room temperature the butter rose to the top and i was able to pour it off and use it in another recipe) - would much prefer a ganache instead. the second time i made it i used wholemeal flour instead of white, and didnt add the sour cream. it is now sitting in the freezer waiting for the weekend when i drench it in lots of caramel and ganache for my little girl's birthday party. this is definitely not the best chocolate cake recipe i have made - the Ultimate Choc Cake on this website is way better. I am now at this moment baking Delia's chocolate almond cake - the search for the best choc cake continues!
freshcream
30th Oct, 2011
3.05
please can someone tell me whether this recipe is dense enough to hold its shape? i am making a castle cake for my daughter, two tiered, so need it to be pretty firm. also, i want to fill the cake with a delicious icing, i was thinking chocolate ganache but if someone has made the icing in this recipe, please tell me, is it tastier than ganache or should i add this icing to whipped cream instead? lastly, does it freeze well? if i make it and freeze it today (i need it in one week) do i have to thaw it overnight before putting cream on, or can i just garnish it and put it in the fridge straight out of the freezer?
margoandjohnny
28th Oct, 2011
5.05
5 stars!
margoandjohnny
28th Oct, 2011
5.05
Fantastic cake - made it for my 4 year old boy for his birthday. It was amazing. First proper cake i have ever successfully made. Brilliant! So easy and delicious!!!
tomthumb
16th Oct, 2011
5.05
Brilliant, so easy to make, made it for my husband as a Birthday cake as he loves chocolate and we all enjoyed it so much going to make it for my son's birthday but going to try making two and sandwich it together with the fudge sauce so that I can decorate the top with his favourite character. Will leave my comments if this works well.
babyadie
15th Oct, 2011
HELP! I want to make this tomorrow and am a little confused by the recipe. Do I melt the choc, sugar, butter in WITH the water or does it mean I melt it in a bowl over hot water? It seems slightly odd to melt them in the water but I am no expert!
aussiechick
15th Oct, 2011
Love this cake! So easy to make & never fails. Only change I made to the recipe was to use only half the amount of cocoa. To use up the rest of the pot of soured cream, I make the icing with 160g melted dark chocolate mixed with 100ml soured cream - luscious!
crockytiger
9th Oct, 2011
Wow .... Delicious, v rich but so easy 2 make, my 9 year old made it as his birthday cake without any trouble at all. Went down really well with children and grown ups alike, will most Definately make it again, no changes 2 the recipe.
bagclanger
6th Oct, 2011
5.05
this is perfect..easy to make and even easier to eat...my son descibed it as "turbo" which in Royal Marine language means excellent!!
barry_mcallister
16th Sep, 2011
this says put choc butter and sugar in water, but theres no water in ingredients, does this mean over water ? how much water do i put in if its an ingredient ?

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