New Favourite – Chocolate Fudge Cake

I am truly and genuinely flattered whenever my friends, colleagues and many lovely Readers compliment my baking  But I wanted to let you in a HUGE secret, not so long ago I’d say a year or two ago… I hated cooking…hated being in the kitchen and particularly hated washing up LOL but I’d always like baking…now back them my definition of ‘baking’ was buying loads of cake mixes, putting them into a bowl, throwing in some eggs and placing it into the oven. 

Betty Crocker was my favourite along with White Wings, and no disrespect to these cake mixes, hell I still buy them  and when I’m in a lazy baking mood, I’d still use them.

First Chocolate Fudge Cake using Milk Chocolate


But over the last year or so, I have really picked up baking and trying my best to make everything from scratch. So since my cake mix days, I have made lemon scones, Bailey cheesecake, hummingbird cake and most recently a chocolate fudge cake for a colleague (Yue’s) birthday.

His birthday was on a Wednesday but he took the day off, so I was going to give him the cake on Thursday, but I had tutoring and having dinner with some high school friends before I could go home and bake. So I was freaking out that I wouldn’t have enough time so I went crazy, searching for the easiest and yummiest chocolate cake, because I figured most people if not all liked ‘chocolate’. 

Yue cut me a HUGE slice :)

I went through so many blogs and asked so many bloggers for advice, then I finally found the perfect recipe on Shellie’s blog Iron Chef Shellie, she’s always sharing easy and yummy recipes and honest reviews :) Check her blog out when you have the time :D The cake was such a hit that many people have asked me for the recipe ~ wow that’s never happened to me!

Poor Mr Bao didn’t get the taste the first cake and taking the advice from my colleagues, I tweeked the recipe a little, so instead of using milk chocolate for the icing, I used dark chocolate :) This cake is now my friend Julz’ favourite hehe so happy that she’s gonna try making it this weekend!

Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake

Note – I actually halved the recipe and made 2 mini cakes instead of a big one :)

Recipe – Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake adapted from Iron Chef Shellie 

 Ingredients (Makes 22cm large cake) 
200 grams Milk Chocolate
200 grams Butter
200 grams Brown Sugar
100ml Sour Cream
100ml hot water
2 eggs, beaten
200 grams, Self-Raising Flour
5 tablespoons (15ml USD/UK spoon) Dutch cocoa powder

Chocolate Icing
100 grams Dark Chocolate (I used Lindt 70%)
198 gram/ml Condensed Milk
100 grams Butter 

1) Pre-heat oven to 160C or 140C fan-forced. Line a 22cm round cake tin with baking paper. 

2) Put the chocolate, butter, and sugar into a large saucepan with 100ml hot water and gently melt together (low to medium heat). Set aside for 2 minutes, then stir/whisk in sour cream until incorporated and then add the eggs ensure that combined well.
3) Whisk in the flour and cocoa powder until lump-free, then pour into the prepared tin. Bake for 50-55 minutes until a skewer comes out clean. Sit in tin on a wire rack to cook.


4) To make the icing. Gently melt together icing ingredients in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, then chill or cool until spreadable.

5) Once cake is cool, carefully turn out the cooled cake and peel off the baking paper. Spread icing over the top and decorate :)

DONE ~

Even though it was a mini-cake Mr Bao managed to have a pretty huge slice :P

This has definitely become my  new favourite and ‘go-to’ recipe when I need to whip up a chocolate cake without a lot of time :) Would like to say a HUGE thank you to Shellie again for the recipe and the support while I was baking it!

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28 thoughts on “New Favourite – Chocolate Fudge Cake

  1. liannelow June 15, 2012 at 4:49 pm Reply

    I started off baking using Betty Crocker too! (: This choc fudge cake is making me drool just by scrolling down and seeing each picture! Your colleague is so lucky to have you baking him a cake for his birthday! hehe Gonna bookmark this recipe and try it soon! hehe

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 16, 2012 at 6:16 pm Reply

      Really? I can’t believe you started with cake mixes too hehe you’re so experienced now! This is a really easy and yummy recipe so you’ve gotta try it out soon ~ You’ll totally WOW MR!

  2. hotlyspiced June 15, 2012 at 7:41 pm Reply

    I’m flawed. I can’t believe you’ve been cooking for such a short time. I love the look of this cake and I think the icing would be amazing with the condensed milk in it – my favourite ingredient xx

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 16, 2012 at 6:17 pm Reply

      Oh you are definitely not flawed Charlie :D You’re an amazing cook and baker ~ and I bet your kiddies are always eating all your yummy food! I wish my mother was a baker…she’s never made me a cake lol this cake is so easy and absolutely yummy you’ve gotta try it out soon :D lol i didn’t know condensed milk was your favourite ingredient ~ that reminds me I wanna try your cookie recipe with condensed milk hehe

  3. Choc Chip Uru June 15, 2012 at 8:02 pm Reply

    This looks like the most gorgeous cake ever – moist, chocolatey and heaven :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 16, 2012 at 6:18 pm Reply

      Thank you my friend Uru :) It was my first time and thank gosh it worked out hehe ~

  4. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella June 15, 2012 at 8:27 pm Reply

    Shellie has such a lovely blog doesn’t she! I’m not surprised that you were inspired by her :D

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 16, 2012 at 6:25 pm Reply

      I definitely agree with you Lorraine :) She was also one of the bloggers which really supported me when I decided to start my blog ~

  5. Michelle June 15, 2012 at 8:30 pm Reply

    So he ate the whole slice?

  6. I think many people started off baking packet cakes. I used to make them all the time. To be honest, no one ever knew they were packet cakes. I think I would be able to pick it out now though. I once made a packet chocolate cake for a friend’s birthday and everyone complimented me on how nice it was haha.
    I like the fact this recipe contains condensed milk Mmmm:)

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 16, 2012 at 6:27 pm Reply

      LOL that’s the best feeling when people think you baked something from scratch when it’s really a cake mix :P unfortunately that never happened to me…instead people knew it was from a cake mix and I really wasn’t that talented…until now i am still very much a newbie lol

  7. Ali June 16, 2012 at 11:39 am Reply

    That looks so scrumptious! Looooove chocolate fudge cake…but then again, who doesn’t!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 16, 2012 at 6:27 pm Reply

      Thanks Ali :) I’m so glad it turned out alright hehe ~ woo hoo and that’s true who doesn’t like chocolate cake :P

  8. bakingaddict June 17, 2012 at 9:11 am Reply

    I’m glad you found a recipe that worked and that you like. It looks delicious!! I’ll have to give it a go too :)

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 18, 2012 at 11:29 am Reply

      Thanks Ros :) I’m so glad sorry I wasn’t able to use your recipe but I’ve bookmarked them hehe ~ thanks again! Try this recipe soon it’s SO good!

  9. Erin@TheFoodMentalist June 17, 2012 at 9:31 am Reply

    yum! I may have to try this cake. I love any cake with sour cream! it adds a nice richness and moist texture to the cake. Thanks for sharing x

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 18, 2012 at 11:35 am Reply

      Hi Erin :) Do try it! Its definitely my go to and favourite recipe now woo hoo ~ hope you like it too!

  10. Julie June 17, 2012 at 10:10 pm Reply

    looks sooo yummy! I like the idea of using dark chocolate for the icing! *steals*

  11. Iron Chef Shellie June 18, 2012 at 12:41 pm Reply

    nawww thanks for the shout out <3

    I must make this again! seeing all your picks makes me want it!!
    x

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 18, 2012 at 3:41 pm Reply

      You’re welcome Shellie :) Thanks for sharing this great recipe! Make it again soon :D

  12. Hannah June 18, 2012 at 4:36 pm Reply

    I remember, as a tween, being absolutely astonished when a friend of mine baked cupcakes from a mix. I honestly, honestly had no idea people did that. I still kindof don’t. From scratch is hardly any more difficult, and so much more delicious, so yay! Cake success!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 19, 2012 at 3:23 pm Reply

      Hahaha that happens :) i’ve had some pretty amazing cupcakes then found out they were from a mix too hehe ~ but now that I bake more I agree that making them from scratch isn’t too bad and SO much better and cheaper too!

  13. Rice Bowl Tales ( Jane ) June 18, 2012 at 7:18 pm Reply

    I knew it was nice the first time you post it on facebook, that’s why I had asked for the recipe. It looks like a fault proof yummy cake, that you can just whipped up at the drop of a hat :)
    Thank you for sharing the recipe, will keep it safe for emergency ~.+

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 19, 2012 at 3:25 pm Reply

      Thanks Jane :) I remade it as soon as I could because I really wanted to share this recipe with you ~ but i think this is a little too simply for you hehe you’re too talented! But still a good recipe to have on hand just in case you ever need to whip something up really quickly hehe :D

  14. Nic@diningwithastud June 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm Reply

    Fudgey deliciousness :) Choc on choc too – never fails. Love it!

  15. Cris April 2, 2014 at 4:19 am Reply

    This looks sooo delicious :xxxx

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