Chocolate cake with slice cut on cake stand

Easy chocolate fudge cake

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(313 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 8

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Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal608
  • fat33g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs69g
  • sugars52g
  • fibre2g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.7g
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  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 150g caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
    Golden syrup

    Golden syrup

    goal-dun sir-rup

    Golden syrup is a clear, sparkling, golden-amber coloured, sweet

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 150ml sunflower oil, plus extra to grease
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 150ml semi-skimmed milk

For the icing

  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 225g icing sugar
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 2 ½ tbsp milk (a little more if needed)



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and line the base of 2 x 18cm sandwich tins. Sieve the flour, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Add the sugar and mix well. Make a well in the centre and add the syrup, eggs, oil and milk. Beat well with electric whisk until smooth.

  2. Pour the mixture into the two tins and bake for 25-30 min until risen and firm to the touch. Remove from oven, leave to cool for 10 mins before turning out onto a cooling rack.

  3. To make your butter icing, place the butter in a bowl and beat until soft. Gradually sieve and beat in the icing sugar and cocoa powder then add enough milk to make the icing fluffy and spreadable. 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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29th Mar, 2015
Great tastes to it
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!


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