Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Easy Chocolate Fudge Cake

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Chocolate fudge cake is a classic indulgent cake and a popular choice is for dessert or an afternoon treat in restaurants and cafes everywhere. It's a very rich chocolate cake which is made with real chocolate rather than cocoa powder and it is filled and topped with an even richer, thick chocolate ganache. What's not to like?

If I'm not sure what to order for dessert, I will usually plump for the chocolate fudge cake because it's reliably delicious. Unless you're not a chocolate lover, it's pretty hard to resist all the deep chocolate deliciousness that's involved. 

If you want to make a chocolate fudge cake at home, this is an easy recipe and produces a reliably good result. It has a light, almost powdery-soft sponge and the icing is thick and fudgy. There are no tricky techniques or ingredients as it's an all-in-one method. Just throw everything in and whizz it all together. My only recommendations would be to make sure that your butter has been allowed to soften well, before you get started and to make sure that you use good quality dark chocolate. It makes all the difference.

You can have it on its own as a slice of cake with a cuppa, or serve with thick cream, marscapone or ice cream and have it as a restaurant style dessert. You'll want to cut an enormous slice because it looks so delicious, but I'm warning you, even the most avid-chocoholic would struggle to eat a big wedge of this cake. It's really, very rich!

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Make Easy Chocolate Fudge Cake

For a printable version of this recipe- click here: Easy Chocolate Fudge Cake

Ingredients
(serves 10)

175g butter, softened
150g self-raising flour
30g cocoa powder
175g light Muscavado sugar
3 eggs
75g dark chocolate
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
 2 tbsp milk

For the icing
200g butter
175g icing sugar
25g cocoa powder
200g dark chocolate

Method

1. Melt 75g of the chocolate in a small pan on a medium heat. 
2. Put all the ingredients in your mixer (or bowl if you're using a hand mixer). I find adding butter and sugar first and then the dry ingredients and finally the eggs and melted chocolate works best for me. Mix until you have a smooth batter. Make sure that it's mixed all the way through and flour is sitting on the bottom.
3. Add the milk to loosen and briefly mix again. The mixture will still be fairly thick but it will be easier to spoon into the tins.
4. Divide the mixtire as equally as you can between 2, greased and lined 20cm cake tins. I start off with a large spoon and finish with a silicone spatula. Smooth the mixture in the tins so they are even.
5. Bake in the oven for about 30 mins at 180 (170 fan, gas mark 4). The sponges will be risen and and a knife will come out clean when they are ready.
6. Leave in the tins for 5 minutes and then turn out onto cooling racks.
7. For the icing- melt the remaining chocolate. Make sure the pan is clean so no chocolate burns on the bottom.
8. Allow the chocolate to cool a little while you mix the butter, cocoa and icing sugar together until smooth. I prefer to use a hand mixer with the whisk attachment. Add the melted chocolate and stir through until combined. If you find that your chocolate was a little too warm and has melted the icing too much, pop it in the fridge for a few moments to set a little.
9. When the cakes have completely cooled, spread half the icing on to one and pop the other on top. Smooth the remaining icing over the top layer with a spatula.

Cake straight out of the oven

Chocolate Fudge Cake lowwr layer iced

Chocolate Fudge Cake topping

Easy Chocolate Fudge Cake

Easy Chocolate Fudge Cake slice on a plate

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