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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27th Mar, 2015
What a yummy cake (and I've baked quite a few)! A definite hit with the whole family. I doubled the ingredients for the icing which worked well. This cake tastes even nicer on the second day.
23rd Mar, 2015
loved this cake! came out so light was perfect! I think the key is not using butter in the sponge, have never tried oil before in a cake. Is it possible to substitute butter for oil in all sponge type cakes? e.g. coffee cake? Victoria sponge? Would be great to hear if anyone has experimented?!! thanks!
7th Mar, 2015
What a yummy cake and so simply to make! I made this cake (gluten free) at the last minute for a friends birthday party and it was gobbled up in minutes. I literally just threw the ingredients in a bowl and popped it in the oven. Don't be alarmed with your cake mix resembling batter rather than a traditional sponge mix as this is what makes it moist. I doubled the quantity and put in 2 x 20cm round tins which worked really well and cooked them for an additional 10 minutes. To make it gluten free I used 250g Doves farm rice flour plus 100g of ground almonds with 3tsp of baking powder and 1 tsp of xantham gum. Someone said that it was the nicest gluten free cake they had ever had and that they really could not tell it was gluten free. The icing turned out ok but next time I would go for something a bit more chocolatey like a ganache to make it really sweet and sickly. The cake mixture itself is foolproof and I wouldn't hesitate to make again.
7th Apr, 2015
Hi! I'd really like to copy what you've done with this recipe! It sounds fab! To make the gluten free version do I still add the bicarbonate soda? I was also wondering, was the 250g what you used to double the mixture or just a single quantity? I want to make a three layer cake in 20cm cake tins! Thank you so much!
6th Mar, 2015
I have made this cake about 4 times all my family love it, My son even made one to impress he`s girlfriend. It was a big success .
3rd Sep, 2014
Recipe was easy to follow and the cake was lovely and soft! Made this twice and it's been a winner with everyone.
12th Jul, 2014
Came across this recipe. Absolutely perfect. Quantity of Ingredients all good, i did add a couple of ounces of ground almonds. Rose beautifully. Soft, light but not sickly. Highly recommend and will def make again.
7th Jul, 2014
Really great and simple recipe I used honey instead of golden syrup, turned out great.
27th Jun, 2014
Fantastic yummy cake! Definatley making it gain!
27th Jun, 2014
WOW! We just finished eating some of the cake and its AMAZING! We doubled the icing as recomended but piled on a bit too much. Me and my younger sister both loved the icing and the cake whilst the rest of my family suggested reduced some icing. Making the cake was just as fun as eating it! We recomend this cake for chocolate lovers such as my dad!!! :)


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