Family Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting

So here is the recipe:

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

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Family Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting

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Course: Baking, Cakes, Dessert, Sweets
Author: Maria Jose Martin

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 2 cups Water (500ml)
  • 3 cups Caster sugar (660gm)
  • 250 gms Butter (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup Cocoa powder (35gm)
  • 1 tsp Soda bicarbonate
  • 3 cups Self-raising flour (450gm)
  • 4 Eggs (beaten lightly)

For Fudge frosting

  • 90 gms Butter
  • 1/3 cup Water (80 ml)
  • 1/2 cup Caster sugar (110 gm)
  • 1.5 cups Icing sugar (240gm)
  • 1/3 cup Cocoa powder (35 gm)

Instructions

  • Cake preparation
  • Preheat oven to 180 degree 10 minutes before baking. Grease deep 26.5cm*33cm (14cup/3.5ltr) baking dish; line base with baking paper.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fudge frosting preparation
  • 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.

Notes

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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43 thoughts on “Family Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting”

  1. Hi Maria

    Hope u r doing good

    I have been a regular follower of your recipe. This is my go to page for any recipe. Especially the Christmas Cake. Have been making Christmas cakes with ur recipe since 2013.
    Its my son s 1st bday on Aug 30th and I plan to make this chocolate cake. One doubt… Can we make two cakes and layer it one top of other and do icing outside?

    Thanks
    Mili

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    • Hi Mili,

      I’m good, thanks :) Great to know that you are a regular reader here! I’m sorry for the delayed reply though. Yes you can make two layers and do the icing.Belated birthday wishes to your son :)

      Cheers
      Maria

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

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    • 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.

      Cheers
      Maria

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    • 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.

      Cheers
      Maria

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  4. hey..dear..im not used vit icing cakes..lil tensed..need to use icing pipe..??:( can i use soda pd instead of soda bicarbonate..??

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  5. 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,
    regards,

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    • 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…

      Cheers
      Maria

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    • 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 :)

      Cheers
      Maria

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

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    • 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!

      Cheers
      Maria

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  7. 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…..

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    • 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.

      Regards
      Maria

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  8. 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.

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  9. 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!!

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  10. Maria,

    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?
    Divs

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  11. @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 :)

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  12. 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!

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  13. @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 :)

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  14. @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 :)

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  15. 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:))))

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