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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Meishah's picture
21st Jul, 2016
I made this cake yesterday, hands on heart this cake was absolutely gorgeous! Definitely the best chocolate homemade cake i've ever made and i will be using it again. Here's a little tip, put it in the microwave ;)
17th Jul, 2016
made this cake for a friend 2 days ago and was told it was terrible....because she couldn't stop eating it!! It is the best chocolate cake she has ever eaten, so moist and light. I made my own buttercream to fill it, with white chocolate and am making it again today for another friend's visit tomorrow so will get to eat some myself this time! Ok, so technically it is not a "fudge" cake but who cares if it tastes fab! As a professional cake maker I will be using this in my repertoire in future :)
14th Jul, 2016
I made this as the top tier of a birthday cake, I'd never done a came like this before, but it was about the most reliable, moisture and delicious chocolate cake I'd ever made. It has all the good points of Betty crocker devil's food cake, but none of the processed rubbish. I used a chocolate caramel ganache with mine (Mars bars and chocolate melted onto cream) utterly lush
24th Jun, 2016
Beautiful, moist chocolate cake, was so pleased with the results. This will definitely be my go-to recipe!
21st Jun, 2016
there is no fudge in this recipe??? Fudge usually consists of heating milk, butter and sugar to a high temp or using condensed milk. This is in essence a bland chocolate cake with buttercream nothing to do with fudge. I find this cake lacking in any depth as it contains no butter and no chocolate. Reminds me of a victoria sandwich made by substituting some of the flour with cocoa powder and slapping on some gritty cocoa powder buttercream. Avoid much better cakes on this site.
24th Jun, 2016
Have you actually tried this recipe before making that comment? Because I made it today, not a chocolate cake recipe I'm used to (as you said no butter, choc, etc) - turned out to be the nicest and moist chocolate cake I ever made!! If you tried the recipe and you weren't happy, fair enough. But don't judge it and know exactly how it would taste without actually making it!!
19th Jun, 2016
I love trying out different recipes as have lots of taste volunteers. I followed the recipe exactly and the girls at the stables yard loved this recipe as did the family. Definitely make this one again.
25th May, 2016
We wanted a recipe that used more 'store cupboard' ingredients we always have in (rather than chocolate, cream, marg). Also looked for a more moist fudge cake... And this delivered! I make this cake for birthdays but also as a tray bake to freeze for packed lunches. I'm diabetic so we replace an ounce of flour with bran, use similar volume of sweetener* to sugar and use slightly less oil and more milk and it still comes out great but effects my blood sugar much less for family birthdays. *still not sure about sweetener... But as it's only for treats I live with it!
28th Apr, 2016
I found this recipe after really fancying chocolate fudge cake and I am not a fan of chocolate cake but this was wonderful. I made it to the exact recipe and it was perfect. The buttercream was yummy, even if all of it didn't make it to the cake. awesome recipe
8th Apr, 2016
Amazing Sooo nice


19th Apr, 2014
Hi, made this cake yesterday, it's delicious. Do you think it would be okay to cover it with fondant? It's really light so I am bit concerned but so far my favourate chocolate cake. thank you.
25th Jun, 2013
Hi I want to use this recipe as i have done so before and it was delicious, but I want to make it a chocolate orange flavour. Any tips on when I should add and and how much orange juice/zest in? Many thanks x
24th Sep, 2013
Never tried it so may be a bit of trial and error. I would start with the juice of an orange and maybe a few shots of triple sec. I would then measure the volume of this fluid and reduce the milk by the same amount so that the mix isn't too wet. I would just add it all including the zest when you add the eggs.


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