Chocolate Fudge Cake

The Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe Everyone should have a chocolate fudge cake recipe, and this one is a winner. The oil and syrup keeps it moist, and the frosting is a classic.

2⁄3 cup sunflower oil, plus extra for greasing
1/4 cup cocoa powder, plus extra for dusting
1 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup light brown sugar
3 tbsp corn syrup
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2⁄3 cup milk

For the frosting:
8 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3⁄4 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 tbsp milk, if necessary

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease the pans and dust with cocoa powder. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Mix in the sugar.

2 Gently heat the corn syrup until runny and leave to cool. In a separate bowl, using an electric hand mixer or balloon whisk, beat together the eggs, sunflower oil, and milk.

3 Whisk the egg mixture into the flour mixture until well combined. Gently add the syrup and divide the batter between the pans.

4 Bake the cakes in the middle of the oven for about 30 minutes, until springy to the touch, and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool in the pans for a few minutes, then turn out to cool completely on a wire rack.

5 To make the frosting, melt the butter over low heat. Stir in the cocoa powder and cook gently for a minute or two, then leave to cool. Sift the confectioner’s sugar into a bowl.

6 Pour the cooled melted butter and cocoa into the confectioner’s sugar and beat to combine. If the mixture seems dry add the milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until you have a smooth, glossy frosting. Leave to cool for up to 30 minutes. It will thicken as it cools.

7 When thick, use half the frosting to fill the cake and the other half to top it. STORE This cake will keep in an airtight container for 3 days.

The frosting used here is a real staple in my kitchen, and can be used to finish so many chocolate recipes. Leftovers that are slightly old can be heated for 30 seconds in a microwave, where the frosting will melt into a rich sauce, and can be served with vanilla ice cream for a delicious, quick dessert.

Chocolate Fudge Cake
Chocolate Fudge Cake
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