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Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Chocolate fudge Cake

Chocolate fudge Cake

I ventured into my kitchen today to do a little light baking as I promised since my previous episode of acute back pain. I would like to thank you all for your kind wishes and thoughts, they are so greatly appreciated my ‘dear’ friends. I’m still taking life steady with Christmas not too far away; I need to be on top form with all the baking and cooking on the horizon! I have so much planned I want to bake and share with you in the lead up to Christmas, I hope I manage to cram it all in *giggle*.

Oooh naughty but very, very nice!!

I digress back to the Chocolate Fudge Cake. Well Mr R has been without any cake in the cake tin for days and like I he’s very fond of chocolate, I thought a nice choccie cake was an essential bake! This sponge cake has a gorgeous lightness to it and the chocolate flavour blends through perfectly to the icing. The icing to this cake gives a lovely fudge flavour and different from fudge icings I have made before, but having chilled in the fridge for an hour, it came out a superb consistency for spreading onto the cake and held the little swirls without any problems. I can’t see any difficulty in using double cream as a substitute for evaporated milk in the icing. I also prefer milk chocolate in my icings but being a fudgy icing I opted for a plain chocolate but not too high in cocoa solids, I dislike the bitter taste sometimes dark chocolate can give.

You don’t want to be on a diet when you bite into a piece of this cake but all I will say ~ it’s naughty but very, very nice!!

Chocolate fudge Cake

Makes 20cm (8 in) Cake

175g (6 oz) unsalted butter, softened
175g (6 oz) caster sugar
3 eggs, beaten
3 tbsp golden syrup
40g (1½ oz) ground almonds
175g (6 oz) self-raising flour
Pinch of salt
40g (1½ oz) cocoa powder

Chocolate Fudge Icing
225g (8 oz) plain chocolate, broken into small pieces
50g (2 oz) soft brown sugar
225g (8 oz) unsalted butter, diced
5 tbsp evaporated milk
½ tsp vanilla extract
A few chocolate sprinkles (optional)

You will need 2 x20cm (8 in) cake tins at least 3cm (1¼ in) deep, greased with a little butter and base lined with baking paper.


The chocolate fudge icings is made first to give it time to chill in the fridge for 1 hour after making. Place all the icing ingredients into a heavy based saucepan and gently heat through on a low heat stirring constantly until melted. Place the fudge icing into a bowl and leave to cool. Cover with cling film and place in the fridge for 1 hour to chill.

Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/350°F/Gas mark 4. Place the butter and sugar into a mixing bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Gradually add the beaten eggs and beat until all incorporated. Stir in the syrup and ground almonds. Sift the flour, salt and cocoa powder into a separate bowl. Fold gently into the mixture and add a little milk if necessary to make a dropping consistency. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tins equally and smooth the tops over with a spatula. Place into the preheated oven and bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until springy to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Leave to cool in the tins for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire to fully cool. When the sponges are cold, place one sponge onto a cake stand or plate and spread a quarter of the icing on top and then place the second sponge on top and sandwich together. Spread the remaining icing over the top and sides of the cakes in a swirly pattern. Sprinkle a few chocolate sprinkles on top if you wish.


Katie said...

Ohh that looks sinfully chocolaty and indulgant. Love the multi coloured chocolate sprinkles.

Rosie said...

Hi Katie, lol it really is sinful but oh sooooo good :)

The sprinkles came from Asda supermarket baking section they have a few new lines in sprinkles now.

Best wishes Rosie x

Beth said...

I want to taste that icing!!! It looks yummy. Will have to pop into Asda to find those sprinkles

James said...

I don't think that cake will last long in a tin though - one piece would never be enough.....

Good to hear you're back in the kitchen!

Uma said...

oooh, love to have that yummy cake! looks so tempting. Nice decor. Hope you're feeling better now! Take care.

Arfi Binsted said...

YUMMMMM!! I'm craving for chocolate these days... oh that one a month course, you know hehehe... slurp!

Haley said...

Very naughty indeed, but worth getting up for I say!

J.Danger said...

Oh my word Rosie! Are you trying to kill me? Oh man I need this cake. RIGHT. NOW.

The Blonde Duck said...

How's your back doing? Did that lovely cake cure your ails?

Lisa said...

Just luscious looking.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a gorgeous cake! Divine...



Magnolia Wedding Planner said...

do you wish to make me faint dear? :-D this choco fudge is absoloutely amazing dear!
and what can I tell you about that fantastic little bear with the super fantastic :-D

Divya Vikram said...

So rich n delightful!

Jules said...

I could so do with a slice of this delicious cake!

sowmya said...

am drooling..what a lovely cake..

Nickki said...

Wow Rosie, what a gorgeous looking chocolate cake!! My idea of heaven, mmmmm!

Bellini Valli said...

I am in chocolate heaven Rosie:D

Maria said...

Great to see you back Rosie. And what a delicious Chocolate Fudge Cake....droool


Cynthia said...

I'm so glad you are feeling better. No pain is good but back pain is really bad.

Happy cook said...

Wow that is a huge cake, i would like to have a huge slice too.
I just had my lunch and was telling my daughter i am so full? But after seeing this cake i think i have still place in my stomach to have a huge slice :-)

Maria said...

I hope you are feeling better!! I am sure a piece of this cake did the trick. WOW! It looks amazing!

AK Mom said...

What a yummy looking cake! I love the little swirls in the icing. I wish I could have a piece right now. :)

Anna said...

Rosie, that looks beautiful, well done!

Uma said...

Hi Rosie, baked the bread for the tag and posted today. Have a look at it here:
Eggless Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

The Caked Crusader said...

Good to have you back! (Pardon the pun)
That icing looks divine. I totally agree with you about the high cocoa % chocolate being too bitter.

Caroline said...

Nice to see you're back, Rosie! And with a naughty looking choccie cake, too! ;)
That looks really really good! Cant' wait to see more.

Oh my! Apple pie! said...

Wow! just look at that, that fudge icing look divine.

Pam said...

What a pretty cake. It looks so moist and delicious and I love the little chocolate sprinkles on top. I really want a piece of cake now.

Cakelaw said...

This looks so yummy!

Rosie said...

Hi Beth, yes do call in Asdas they have some lovely sprinkles in. You are most welcome to a slice of cake :D

Hi James, lol I can’t believe myself how quick this cake has been eaten by the family. Oh well apron on and back baking today :D

Hi Uma, ahhh thank you sweetie I am on the mends now :D

Hi Arfi, you are most welcome to a slice anytime :D

Hi Haley, oh yes very naughty indeed lol

Hi J.D. lol my brother said the same thing :D

Hi T.B.D. my back is feeling much better thanks sweetie. I really didn’t get a look in with this cake the family eat it all – not fair lol :(

Thanks Lisa :D

Thanks Rosa :D

Ahhh Silvia many thanks – you are always such a sweetie!

Thank you Divya :D

Hi Jules here you go a slice coming your way :D

Hi sowmya, awe thanks sweetie :D

Hi Nickki, ahh thanks sweetie and my hubby agrees with you about chocolate heaven :D

Hi Val, a very rich choccie cake for chocolate heaven *giggle*

Hi Maria, it’s lovely to be back blogging and baking beats laying out on a sofa all day with back ache.

Hi Cynthia, ahh thank you and great to be back doing what I like baking, cooking and blogging :D

Hi H.C. you are most welcome to a huge slice sweetie anytime :D

Hi Maria, thank you I’m feeling much better now and having fun baking in my kitchen again :D

Hi AK Mom, I wish I could pass you a slice through the screen to taste :D

Thank you so much Anna :D

Hi Uma, thank you for taking part in the bread event your bread looks stunning :D

Hi C.C. Oh I am so glad to be back I was getting fed up with not be able to get into my kitchen and bake/cook.

Hi Caroline, lol I love to tempt with naughty treats *giggle*

Hi Erica, thank you sweetie :D

Hi Pam, I wish I could magic you a slice over now :D

Hi Cakelaw, thank you sweetie coming from such an excellent baker this is such a compliment :D

Many thanks for all your lovely kind comments and thanks for dropping by – It’s always a pleasure to *see* you here :D

Best wishes Rosie x

Grace said...

what a decadent and completely stunning cake. it looks moist and delicate and i could probably eat a quarter of it in one sitting (but it'd take me awhile to get up from the table...). :)

Kevin said...

Another great looking cake! Pass me a slice. :)

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

I'd love a piece of this. Looks great!

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Oh yum! - I just tried to eat this off the screen - LOL

nicisme said...

OMG! To hell with the diet!!

Namratha said...

Gosh! That looks sinfully delicious Rosie dear...awesome!

Bimmer said...

this looks so inviting!

Rosie said...

Thank you Kevin, Jerri, Nic, Namratha & Brimmer for your kind words :)

Best wishes Rosie x

Premyscakes said...

It looks so moist and yummy.