Family Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting

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Family Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting

This is my first icing/frosting cake, technically (I’ve made a french chocolate pecan torte before). Though I bake cake often, its usually plain cakes and the reason…of the two of us, hubby & me, I love cakes. Hence the major chunk is consumed by me. Though the beautiful pictures of Icing cake on other blogs tempts me a lot, I refrain from the idea thinking about the additional calories :((

This time I’ve got a reason to make icing cake & don’t feel guilty :) . It was my dear hubby’s b’day a few days back. The special dish for the occasion varies according to his mood, he generally doesn’t ask for cakes, but this time he said he wanted an icing cake. I was feeling so enthusiastic and started going through all my baking books and even bookmarked some, especially simpler ones, since I don’t have much icing experience and didn’t want the b’day cake to be a disaster :) . I became crazy with all the icing cake recipes flashing one after another in my mind (ya it happens at times, when I wanted to do something for a long time and finally when the time comes all the ideas will start dancing in my head ;) ). Around the same time one of our family friend’s gave me two kutti (small) baking books ( chocolate cakes & cafe cakes) for reference and she said all the recipes in those two books were tried by their daughter and it came out very well. This helped me in taking one decision, that I will make a cake from one of those two books. Since it was a b’day cake I decided to go for chocolate.

Finally I found out the cake, hurrayyyyyyy :) The picture of this cake in that book looks awesome, it looks very moist and the recipe was a simple one, basic stuff, but looks extraordinary. And am happy that I selected that one, b’day boy enjoyed the cake so much and also the guests, that I packed some pieces for them too :)

Now, this cake is not only for my hubby dear, a number of people who are very dear to me are celebrating b’day this month. The list starts here: my dearest amma, my dearest sis in law, some of my close friends (if i say their name, the list will go on so..) my blogging friends Emi , Mona & Divya. Also my dearest cousin sis is celebrating her first wedding anniversary this month. If it’s your b’day or any other special day in this month, this is for you too :). May god bless you all !!

Also, one of my readers, Sindhu asked for Icing cakes recipe sometime back. Sindhu, hope you find this interesting.

As the name suggests, its definitely a family cake, am sure that everyone in the family will love this cake.

Update: I am sending this cake for Sweet Celebrations event at Aparna’s My Diverse Kitchen. Her blog is celebrating its first b’day and am sending this b’day cake for the event. Aparna, I wish you many more happy years of blogging.

Am so happy to take part in an event like this, I usually dont particiapte because, generally my cooking is not at all planned, it mainly depends on my mood. I visited her blog today and saw her reminder about the event and since I already have the cake post here, I thought I should participate :)

So here is the recipe:

Recipe source: The Australian Women’s Weekly, Chocolate Cakes

Family Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting
Recipe type: Baking, Cakes, Dessert, Sweets
For the cake
  • Water – 2 cups, 500ml
  • Caster sugar – 3 cups, 660gm
  • Butter – 250gm, chopped
  • Cocoa powder – ⅓ cup, 35gm
  • Soda bicarbonate – 1 tsp
  • Self-raising flour – 3 cups, 450gm
  • Eggs – 4, beaten lightly
For Fudge frosting
  • Butter – 90 gm
  • Water – ⅓ cup (80 ml)
  • Caster sugar – ½ cup (110 gm)
  • Icing sugar- 1½ cups (240gm)
  • Cocoa powder – ⅓ cup (35 gm)
  1. Cake preparation
  2. Preheat oven to 180 degree 10 minutes before baking. Grease deep 26.5cm*33cm (14cup/3.5ltr) baking dish; line base with baking paper.
  3. Combine the water,sugar,butter and combined sifted cocoa powder and soda bicarbonate in medium saucepan; stir over heat, without boiling, until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil then reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Transfer mixture to large bowl; cool to room temperature.
  4. Add flour and egg to bowl; beat with electric mixer until mixture is smooth and changed to a paler colour. Pour mixture into prepared dish. Bake cake in the preheated oven for about 50 minutes. Stand cake in baking dish 10 mins, before turning onto wire rack; turn cake top-side up to cool. Spread cold cake with fudge frosting.
  5. Fudge frosting preparation
  6. Combine butter, the water and caster sugar in small saucepan; stir over heat, without boiling, until sugar dissolves. Sift icing sugar and cocoa powder into small bowl then gradually stir in hot butter mixture. Cover; refrigerate about 20 mins or until frosting thickens. Beat with wooden spoon until spreadable.
Tips given in the recipe book:

Choose a perfectly level-bottomed baking dish; one made from cast aluminum is the best choice, but almost any type will work. If the cake appears to be cooking too quickly in the corners of the pan, reduce oven temperature to 170 degree; this will increase cooking time by upto 15 mins. The above quantity serves 20.

My Notes: I made half of the quantity mentioned above. I used an 8 inch square tin and 4 inch round tin. The baking time was around 40 mins for the square tin and around 30 mins for the round tin. I baked at 180 degree. I did icing only on the square cake. The plain cake can be stored at room temperature for 4-5 days and the icing cake can be refrigerated for 4-5 days. Before serving the refrigerated icing cake, microwave it for 15- 20 seconds. The cake was very moist just like the pic in the book :), though my picture doesn’t come anywhere close to that :(


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  • veenajan

    Hi Maria ..
    The Cake looks simply great and yummy ..Great work da..

    ..I never tried cakes …satyam paranjal dairyam pora ..eni oru kai nokkanam ..!!

  • rachel

    Frosted or not,,you hav some lovel cakes on your blog…this islovely as well..what could be better than a chocolate cake…

  • seeba

    wow! wot a wonderful looking caked, and im sure its tasted delicious!!!,me and my son celebrated our bday too,in this month….so i guess the cake is for us tooo… hihihi:))))

  • Maria

    @Veena, thanks a lot dear…all the best for your baking, am sure your results will be amazing :)

    @Rachel, thankyou :)ya, chocolate cake is the best :)

    @Seeba, Wish you & your son a very happy b’day!! May God Bless you!! thanks a lot :) and yes it was very delicious and hey please don’t forget to take your share :)

  • Divya

    Yummy cake Maria..and I’ll take one piece for myself too..guess why..?Yup,its my birthday too..after few days..;-)

  • veenajan

    Maria ..
    plz collect ur awards

  • Maria

    @Divya, thanks a lot dear. Wish you a very happy b’day & may god bless you!! and hey hope you have enjoyed your share :)

    @Veena, thanks a ton dear for all the awards :)award ellam santhoshapoorvam collect cheythirikkunnu :)

  • Reena

    Hi Maria,

    This is Reena. I stay in Kuwait. I discovered your blog a few months back and I am so glad i did. It’s really cool and i like your new look. Your recipes really make me feel that I can do some nice cooking too (I am still finding my way around cooking). Especially this cake is very tempting. I did try a chocolate cake once but it cracked at the top and became hard inside..Let me try yours since I love choc..If i have any doubts, I will mail you.Thank you so much for your blog.Keep it up!

  • Maria

    @Reena, thanks a lot for dropping in. Very happy to hear that you find the recipes encouraging :)Please do try the cake and yes, you can mail me anytime if you have any doubts. Please keep visiting & commenting…
    All the best & happy cooking :)

  • ammu

    Thanks a lot for dedicating this cake to me too dear!! And thats one beautiful yummy cake u got there!!

  • Happy Cook

    Beautiful cake and love the frosting too.
    It looks so moist and delicious

  • Maria

    @ammu, thanks a lot dear.. hope u enjoyed the cake ;)

    @happy cook, thankyou:) ya the cake was very moist & delicious too…

  • Aparna

    No one would believe that this is the first time you’ve frosted a cake. It looks delicious.
    Thanks for celebrating with me. I love all things chocolate.

  • Maria

    thanks Aparna :)

  • divs


    Wanted to bake this cake for Dhannu’s b’day – Here we don’t get self raising flour – I checked in couple of sites and it says for i cup flour – add 1 1/4 tsp Baking powder…Do you have anny idea?

  • Maria

    Divs, I too checked in some website. In most of them they say add 1 1/2 tsp baking powder + 1/4 tsp salt to 1 cup of plain flour.

    Also check these links, hope this helps:

  • Divya

    Hey Maria,I was just going through a few recipes for baking a cake for hubby’s bday.I had zeroed in on a similar recipe[from Lakshmi Nair's show in Kairali],I remembered that you had made this a while back.The recipe looks almost similar.Will let you know how it turns out!!

  • Maria

    Hi Divya

    I too made this cake for my hubby’s b’day :) Even I like watching Lakshmi Nair’s cooking show and collecting the recipes.

    Anyways pls, let me know wtr you guys enjoyed the cake.

  • nithi

    hi maria,
    your blog z very interesting and tempting too….i found it almost 2 months bk…i have a doubt regarding this…you have written that “stand cake in baking dish 10 min,before turning onto wire rack; turn cake top side up to cool….”i didnt understand that part! can u explain what exactly is it??
    anyway i hope you are fantastic in cooking…..

    • Maria

      Hi Nithi,

      Thank you :)

      It means, once the cake is baked, take it out of the oven and leave it in the baking tin itself for 10 more minutes. After that remove it from baking tin and let it cool completely, while cooling keep the top side up.

      Hope its clear now.


  • Nicole

    Hi there,I think i may have boiled the mixture for too long,it started rising and almost overflowing.Will this be a problem?

    • Maria

      Hi Nicole,

      I remember posting a reply for your query earlier. But we had a tech error in the site and I think it got deleted.

      Anyways, its ok even if you boil the mixture a bit longer, it wont affect the cake in anyway. It happens to me also sometimes :)

      Btw, did you bake the cake? Hope you liked it.

      Wish you & your family a Happy new year!


  • Mary

    Hi Maria, I baked this cake the other day and it has come out very well !!! The cake was really moist. Thanks for this great recipe.

    • Maria

      Hi Mary

      Thank you so much :) It’s one of my fav cake & I bake it very often. Its great to know that it came out well for you…


  • Deepa George

    If you want a smaller cake, can one just use half the qty mentioned in your ingredients and make a smaller cake? Thanks

    • Maria

      Hi Deepa,

      Yes you can take half the qty for a smaller cake. I sometimes make a very small cake with 1/4 qty of the above mentioned ingredients just to satisfy a chocolate carving ;)

      Hope your little one like the cake :)


  • shamita

    hi , Just one word for this cake , AMAZING….. it come out so well. Thanks a lot Maria.  Today i will try citrus tea cake and i am confident that i will get success in that too…You know the best part your recipes is that i enjoy while trying them out.
    Good work,

    • Maria Jose

      Hi Shamita,

      Thank you so much! Its a pleasure to know that it came out well for you. Btw, did you try the citrus tea cake? How was it?

      Its great to hear that you enjoy cooking with the recipes posted here, thanks a ton!

      Take care…


  • Neethurahul9 not used vit icing cakes..lil tensed..need to use icing pipe..??:( can i use soda pd instead of soda bicarbonate..??

  • Roshni Kapoor

    can we reduce the quantity of the butter without it affecting the texture?

  • Roshni Kapoor

    can we reduce the quantity of the butter without it affecting the texture?

    • Maria Jose

      Hi Roshni,

      Usually the qty of butter is in proportion to the other ingredients. So I dont think it will be a good idea to reduce the qty of just the butter.


    • Maria Jose

      Hi Roshni,

      Usually the qty of butter is in proportion to the other ingredients. So I dont think it will be a good idea to reduce the qty of just the butter.


  • Maria Jose

    Hi Ambreen,

    Yes, you can use plain flour. Substitution for self raising flour – to get 1 cup self-raising flour, add 1 1/2 tsp baking powder+ 1/4 tsp salt to 1 cup all purpose flour.

  • melisha noronha

    I tried this cake today. It came out very well. Since it was soft yet firm, i was able to layer it with the frosting. I wanted to know how i could improve the frosting. Mine was not thick enough to pipe/ decorate. I made the cake and frosting with half proportion of the ingredients.