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Best-Ever Mud Cake Recipe

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Kel is a chef with over 20 years of experience in the Kitchen. His articles often focus on cooking and baking.

This mud cake is perfect for the whole family!

This mud cake is perfect for the whole family!

Chocolate Mud Cake Recipe

I have been a chef and cake decorator for nearly 20 years. I absolutely love food, especially sweets, and I would like to share with you what I think is the best-ever mud cake recipe. I have won multiple awards with this recipe, and the best thing is it is so simple to make. It is sure to be a crowd-pleaser; one piece is never enough.

Ingredients

  • 350 grams dark chocolate pieces
  • 225 grams butter
  • 600 ml water
  • 3 eggs
  • 400 grams castor sugar
  • 400 grams self-raising flour

Instructions

  1. Grease and line a 23cm/9" round cake tin. Preheat oven to 170C/325F.
  2. In a saucepan over low heat, heat chocolate, butter, and water. Stir frequently until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, lightly beat eggs. Gradually beat the cooled chocolate mixture into eggs.
  4. Whisk sugar and flour into the chocolate mixture, and continue beating until smooth and well blended.
  5. Pour the mixture into the cake tin. Bake for 45 minutes or until the skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  6. Turn the cake onto a wire rack to cool.

Please note: This mixture is quite runny. Use a solid cake tin, not a springform tin.

Tip: Line the tin with baking paper. This will make the cake easier to remove from the tin, with no sticking to the sides.

This cake slides apart effortlessly once cut.

This cake slides apart effortlessly once cut.

Truffle Mixture

  • 120 grams dark chocolate pieces
  • 100 grams butter
  • 300 grams sifted icing sugar
  • 4 tbsp double or whipping cream
  1. In a bowl over a pan of simmering water, melt chocolate, stirring frequently.
  2. Cool slightly, then stir icing sugar, butter and cream until well blended.

Chocolate Glaze

  • 225 grams dark chocolate pieces
  • 165 ml double or whipping cream
  1. In a saucepan over low heat, heat chocolate and cream, frequently stirring until melted and smooth. Keep warm.

Assembling the Cake

  1. Cut cooled mud cake into layers.
  2. Spread the truffle mixture between layers with a palette knife. Reserve some mixture to finish around the edges of the cake.
  3. Position the cake on a wire cake rack and pour warm glaze over the top. With a palette knife, spread the glaze to cover the top and side evenly.
  4. Put the remaining truffle mixture into a piping bag with a star nozzle. Pipe a decorative border around the edge of the cake.

Tips

  • This cake is firm enough to cover with rolled fondant if used as a wedding or special occasion cake.
  • To appreciate the full, rich flavour that this cake offers, it is best eaten at room temperature.
  • This cake is suitable for freezing.

Enjoy!

Variations on This Recipe

A few simple tweaks to this original recipe can make several different delicious desserts.

White Chocolate Mud Cake

  • Replace dark chocolate with white chocolate.

Orange Mud Cake

  • Can be made using either white or dark chocolate.
  • Replace water with freshly squeezed orange juice.

Hazelnut Mud Cake

  • Omit 50-100 grams flour and replace with ground hazelnuts (depending on how nutty you like your cake).
  • Also add in 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts.

Lemon Poppy Seed Mud Cake

  • Replace dark chocolate with white chocolate.
  • Use 400 ml water and 200 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • Add a few drops of lemon essence and 1/4 cup poppy seeds.
  • You may add some grated lemon zest if you like a bit of extra tang.

Caramel Mud Cake

  • Replace dark chocolate with white chocolate.
  • Replace castor sugar with brown sugar.