Thursday, December 12

The Ultimate Chocolate Fudge Cake

I'm going to be blunt.
This is the best chocolate fudge cake in existence.
End of.

I owe finding this incredible recipe to my brother's girlfriend Charlotte, she whipped one up for his 21st birthday and it was the ultimate hungover treat the morning after.
It's a top notch Nigella recipe that as she perfectly summed up, "This is the sort of cake you'd want to eat the whole of when you'd been chucked."
I can't really put into words the wondrous taste that the soft, squidy thick chocolate sponge gives, it really does hit a million nails on the head!
(Don't even get me started on the fudge icing...Oh sweet lord it is good!)

Nigella, you really are a domestic goddess. This cake I owe to you, it is foolproof, addictive and one of the best chocolate cakes I've ever had!

(I know this isn't a Christmas post... But I really couldn't not give you the recipe!)

To make your own Ultimate Chocolate Fudge Cake, you will need:

- 400g plain flour
- 350g golden caster sugar
- 50g good quality cocoa powder
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 3 large eggs
- 142ml of sour cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 175g of unsalted butter, melted & cooled
- 125ml oil
- 300ml chilled water

For the icing:
- 175g good quality chocolate (I used 100g dark, 75g milk)
- 250g unsalted butter
- 275g icing sugar

Preheat your oven to 180C/160 fan and line two sandwich tins with baking parchment.

In a large mixing bowl add together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt.

In a separate jug, combine the eggs, sour cream and vanilla extract.

In another large mixing bowl, mix together the melted butter and oil until combined, then tip in the chilled water.

Followed by all of the dry ingredients and the egg mixture.

Beat together with an electric mixer until evenly combined and resembles something like this luscious chocolate batter below.

Divide between the two cake tins and slide into the oven for about 50-55 minutes. A skewer/cocktail stick should come out clean when inserted and it should spring back at your touch.

To whip up the icing, melt the chocolate on a low heat in the microwave (stirring in between to avoid burning.)

Beat the butter until thick and creamy and then add in the icing sugar, beating well to combine.

Tip in the molten chocolate and beat well once again.
Choose your cake with the flattest base and pop onto your serving plate. (You can always use a knife to flatten one top if needs be.)

Spoon over a good helping of icing, and then add on the top layer.
Smother with the delicious and addictive fudge icing and decorate as you fancy.
This time I broke up some Twirl's and sprinkled the cake with cocoa powder, but last week I coated the whole cake and sides in icing before adding chocolate fingers around the outside. (See my Corr Blimey Cake for inspiration!)

Simple, delicious and a crowd pleaser for sure.
(I originally was making this cake for my hockey captain Tash's birthday, but the boys in my house were so jealous that I ended up making two!)

Screw the diets and treat yourselves to a thick wedge of cake, it is Christmas time after all!



  1. Screw the diets indeed! I have been a true glutton this week with back to back christmas dinners.....beach holiday in a week CRY!
    you domestic goddess you
    x x x

    1. Can burn it all off after the 3 helpings of Christmas pudding!! xx

  2. Nothing better than a great chocolate cake!

  3. This looks yummy! I made your raspberry pistachio cake by the way, but omitted the rose because it was SOOO expensive where its available near me. Also I think you may have forgotton to put about adding the flour in the method part but I just shoved it in after I creamed all the other ingredients. Anyway it tasted FANTASTIC! I put it on my bake stall. Do you create everything yourself or tailor existing recipes? Love the blog :)

    1. Thanks! Just changed it, apologies for that. So happy the cake turned out well, it is utterly delicious! (Try Tesco's as I know they do a budget rose essence) I find recipes in cookbooks/ online/ blogs and take inspiration from them. Sometimes I follow the recipe exactly and tweak it the following time if I feel it needs to be, but I also merge different ones together to create my own.
      Glad you enjoy my blog :) xx

  4. WOW! That's a cake! I love how you made it "naked" (didn't frost the sides). My dad's birthday is tomorrow, and I was planning on making him a carrot cake, but this seems much more exciting!

    1. Well if you do give it a go, let me know how it goes! :) Happy Birthday to your dad too! xx


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