Fabulously simple chocolate fudge cake recipe

By Mitzie Wilson / Caroline Russell

  1. Serves 10
  2. Takes 1 hour 20 minutes to make, plus cooling
  3. Rating

This moist and gorgeous cake is so sophisticated it would be welcome at the tea table at any time of year.

tried and tested
Fabulously simple chocolate fudge cake


  1. 100g spreadable butter, plus extra for greasing
  2. 250ml milk
  3. 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  4. 100g plain chocolate, melted
  5. 15g cocoa powder, sifted
  6. 300g self-raising flour, sifted
  7. 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, sifted
  8. 225g golden caster sugar
  9. 2 eggs

For the icing

  1. 225g plain chocolate, broken up
  2. 100g butter
  3. 142ml carton double cream


  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 180C/fan160C/gas 4. Grease a 20cm round, deep cake tin and line with baking paper. Mix the milk and vinegar. Place all the other cake ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Pour in the milk mixture and beat with an electric hand whisk, until smooth. Spread into the cake tin and bake for 1 hour, until firm in the centre. Cool for 10 minutes, then turn out on a rack to cool completely.
  2. 2. Meanwhile, make the icing. Melt the chocolate and butter together in the microwave for 3 minutes on medium, stirring halfway through. Alternatively, melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a pan of just simmering water. Stir until smooth, then beat in the cream. Cool slightly.
  3. 3. Halve the cake through the middle. Spread a quarter of the icing on 1 half and sandwich together. Spread the rest over the top and sides.
  4. The cake will keep for up to 3 days in an airtight box.

Nutritional info

Per serving: 612kcals, 36.2g fat (21.9g saturated), 7.3g protein, 68.6g carbs, 45.9g sugar, 1.1g salt


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January 30

This has become 'The Birthday Cake'. Really easy to make and delicious.


January 30

This has become 'The Birthday Cake'. Really easy to make and delicious.


June 30

I would love to try this recipe, but do I use large eggs?


February 8

This is one of the best chocolate recipes I have ever used, it's a great one to impress family and friends!


January 30

This cake is fabulous - I make it every week for my family and they absolutely love it. When I first made it, I forgot to add the butter for the sponge and now I make it without the butter. It works perfectly.

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