Easy Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe

Updated on October 19, 2017
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Jan has been cooking and writing about food for over twenty years and has cooked on multiple television stations, including Food Network.

Easy Chocolate Fudge Cake

Rich and moist, this chocolate fudge cake recipe is a favorite!
Rich and moist, this chocolate fudge cake recipe is a favorite!

Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe

There are times when a great chocolate cake isn’t enough. Shocking - but true. As homey, rich, moist and delicious as it is, there are those special people among us who just want to take it to the next level. While nowhere near as common, there is an answer for these treat-seekers. It’s a good thing, since the oldest in my horde is such an extremist. This kid was apparently born with teeth and every one was a sweet tooth. So to make things right in his world I have to pull out the stops. Enter, the Chocolate Fudge Cake.

This is what chocolate aspires to be in the cake world. Instead of cocoa, use straight melted chocolate. The result is a rich, moist chocolate fudge cake that is out of this world. The recipe is really easy. Despite the word fudge in the name, don’t think you’re about to get into candy making. No thermometers, no boiling sugar involved here. This works just like most of the other quick and easy butter cakes. However, simply melting the chocolate and working it into the butter, sugar and eggs results in an intense flavor and incredible fudge-like texture. Melting chocolate instead of using cocoa is the trick. It's my son's birthday cake of choice, and even his sweet-seeking is satisfied with this luscious layer cake.

Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe - Ingredients

  • 1 and 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 and 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup milk

Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe - Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter and flour two nine-inch, round layer-cake pans. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a microwave-safe mixing bowl or large measuring cup, melt chocolate and water by microwaving on high for thirty seconds. Stir. Continue to heat in 10 second intervals, stirring in between, until completely melted, combined and smooth. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition. Scrape down sides of the bowl, add the vanilla and mix well. With mixer running, add chocolate in a steady stream and mix until fully incorporated.
  5. Starting and ending with the flour, add the flour mixture alternately with the milk until all is used. Divide batter evenly among prepared pans.
  6. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick or skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes away clean and cake has pulled away from the sides of the pans. Allow cakes to rest in their pans for 10 minutes then turn them out onto wire racks to cool completely before frosting. Frost and layer when completely cool.

Good Quality Chocolate

Choosing good, high quality chocolate really determines how well the flavor of the chocolate comes through in the final cake.
Choosing good, high quality chocolate really determines how well the flavor of the chocolate comes through in the final cake.

Melted Unsweetened Chocolate

Melting the unsweetened chocolate and creaming it into the butter and sugar is one trick to success for this easy chocolate fudge cake.
Melting the unsweetened chocolate and creaming it into the butter and sugar is one trick to success for this easy chocolate fudge cake.

The Creaming Method

Yes, there is baking soda in this cake, and it helps with leavening - or helps the cake to rise. But it also relies on the creaming method. The creaming method is the mechanical beating of butter and sugar together. If you go at it long enough, the butter and sugar turn light and fluffy - this happens as the sugar crystals cut into the fat of the butter. The lighter and fluffier it becomes at this stage, the more it helps the cake to rise in the oven.

This is also why it's important to use only slightly softened butter, not butter that has begun to melt. Let your butter soften on the countertop until you can just dent it with your finger. Don't try to skip and use the microwave. The butter will soften, but it won't cream well when you beat it. Just a bit of patience works wonders here.

Pick a High Quality Chocolate

I'm a bargain hunter and typically will choose the least expensive option for any ingredient I buy - as long as I can get away with it. You can't really get away from it here. The chocolate you buy plays a huge role in the final, rich, fudgy taste of the cake. This is one time you want to splurge a bit and get the best possible chocolate you can afford.

The most common bars of baking chocolate are good - don't get me wrong. I use them all the time. However, if you have a chance to play with some of the more high-end, more refined bars of chocolate, do it. You'll be amazed at what a difference it makes. Even a tightwad like me loosens the purse strings for something like this. Lindt and Ghirardelli often rank highest in performance and taste tests. While I've never actually seen Lindt baking chocolate in a store, it's always available online, and Ghirardelli is carried in so many stores it's even available in my little town.

Make Your Own Vanilla Extract!

How to Prep Pans for Baking

Questions & Answers

    © 2012 Jan Charles

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        Vickie 12 months ago

        Recipe for frosting, please.

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        Shelbi 15 months ago

        What is the recipe for the frosting on top and between layers?

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        Abby C 15 months ago

        Is there a recipe for the frosting somewhere?

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        Christianne 2 years ago

        Can I double this recipe and bake it in a rectangular pan?

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        Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

        This cake looks and sounds so good...glad it's not here in my office or it'd be GONE! Thanks for sharing a great recipe.

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