Chocolate fudge cake

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  • Serves: 10

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    (plus cooling time)
  • Costs: Mid-price

  • Skill level: Bit of effort

  • Child friendly
  • Romantic
  • Make in advance

Our easy chocolate fudge cake recipe is a classic you'll love. Forget counting calories and give yourself a treat with this sweet, gooey chocolate fudge cake recipe. The deliciously indulgent dark chocolate and golden syrup sauce makes this cake taste heavenly and will keep it moist for up 3 days if stored properly in an airtight container. A soft rich chocolate sponge with a thick, dark chocolate icing makes this cake irresistible. This cake takes 20 mins to prepare and will serve up to 10 people. It’s the perfect chocolate fudge cake recipe that’s ideal as a birthday cake – you could top it with Maltesers or chocolate fingers to make it extra special.

You need a good dark chocolate for a rich flavour. Try Green & Black's - or go for the supermarket's own brand.


For the cake:

  • 200g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), broken into small pieces
  • 140g butter, softened
  • 200g light muscovado sugar
  • 5 medium eggs, separated
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 100g plain flour

For the icing:

  • 250g dark chocolate
  • 1tbsp golden syrup
  • 100g unsalted butter


  1. For the cake, melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating as you go. Fold in the baking powder and flour and stir in the melted chocolate.
  3. Whisk the egg whites until they hold their shape, then gently fold into the cake mixture.
  4. Tip the mixture into a 20cm loose-based tin lined with greaseproof paper. Bake at 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4 for 35 mins, or until a cocktail stick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool in the tin on a wire rack.
  5. For the icing, put all the ingredients in a bowl over a pan of simmering water until the chocolate and butter have melted. Stir and allow to cool.
  6. Put the icing in the fridge and stir every 5 mins, until ready to spread over the cooled cake.

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Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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GTK recipes Ed

Hi raphaya, you would have to adjust the oven temperature and cooking time if you made this into muffins. Why not try making our chocolate muffins instead? They are a user favourite!


can use this recipe to make muffions


this cake is a beautiful cake. my family loves it. iam goin to give some to my teachers. hope they will like to.

GTK editor

Sorry Zoe - that's our fault. The recipe is for the chocolate cake pictured at the top of the page. The video is a completely separate recipe, which you can follow while watching. Both taste delicious though! Jolene


i'm probably being dumb but why is the recipe and ingredients on the video different than on the website page? i'm confused and i dont know which recipe to follow!!


Best chocolate cake recipe ever!!!


I am a terrible cook. I ruin packet shake-a-cakes by forgetting ingredients or over/undercooking them, I am HORRIBLE at cooking but after reading the reviews, I made this cake for my work's Cake Club. Our oven is old, slow and very very crap and I had to cook it for 45minutes extra, it burnt slightly on the outer edges and I was really worried that it'd be raw on the inside. I cut some of the burnt bits off, had a taste (tasted burnt haha) and covered up the evidence with icing. When it came to putting the cake out for everyone to eat, I was nervous as hell and very nearly put it in the bin instead but everyone had a piece. Cake Club has been going on for a year or two and my cake, my slightly burnt cake, was remarked as being the best cake EVER. It was, even if I do say so myself, the BEST cake I have ever eaten. Moist, chocolatey, absolutely AMAZING. Just wow. Cook it today.


This is a really lovely recipe and I would highly recommend it.


hi foodies!=] im 14 and i made this cake and my family loved it! my dad had two slices and my sister had 3! woopeee a great success!

Rachel :)

Actually so easy to make, i can't cook to save my life and even I made it look AND taste amazing, if I do say so myself;)


omg this was like the best like chocolate cake ive like ever tasted!! i made it for my mummy and it was just so beautiful, the texture and the flavours were just perfect!!


Hands down the best chocolate cake ive ever made OR tasted!


it looks really nice i wish i was eating that cake now you know.


i made this cake for my husband for father's day and it was soooooo yummy, i followed the recipe and it turned out perfect, you rely cant go wrong.


Looks really delicous like choclate too as well as marbel and sponge cake with choco chip


WOW! What a cake! Rich but fluffy and really tasty!! My first time baking a chocolate fudge cake and it was just so easy to make and it turned out great! Thank you for a great recipe!


all i have to say is mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm tasty


This cake is so BEAUTIFUL, so TASTY, so RICH, so FLUFFY and LIGHT. THIS IS THE BEST RECIPE EVER. Try it you won&#226&#128&#153t REGRET IT Thanks for all the comments it helps


i like it because it is good

frank butch

this is like sooo tatally cool i made it for my boii friend hehehehheheheheheheeh OMG

Lucianne Terant

Fantasicaa I made This 9 weeks Ago And Mmmm The Taste Was Delicious mmm mm mm Make this, really Make This ahha fantasic And The Chocolate Icing Ahhhh Treat Mate, Mmm And Mines Was Obviously so Beautifully Made Because Im A Perfectionist, MAKE THIS I ADVISE YOU TO. DO IT DO IT DO IT. Dont Buy One Its Better To Do So Yourself Go And Make It.


Great Recipe.


that is looking delicous yummy so nice so beautiful


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i don't have an oven, can i use rice cooker?


Beautiful poem.

Carol Stapleton

I know this is late since the question was posted but thanks for all your replies. Yes it was so good.

Carol Stapleton

Yes this is a very moist cake, I travelled a couple of hundred miles with one of mine. I left it with my son to share with his fellow graduates. When asked if they liked the cake I was given shrugs and mutterings which sounded like 'what cake???'. Zac said if it wasn't quite so rich he would have eaten it within a couple of days, however, it lasted a week kept covered and cool. I'm not so sure it would be at it's best at ten days old. Good luck. >(^.^)<

Carol Stapleton

Yup, it works well with white chocolate too.

Carol Stapleton

Would this work with white chocolate


i have baked this cake and it turned out really nicely, i even added some fudge chunks to the cake mix and the whole family and the neighbours loved it.


An amazing recipe!! Has been used for the family's birthday cakes for the past four years! Recommended to everyone!


can you double this recipe up to a 10"?

Merrilie Cameron

Can anyone tell me if this cake keeps well? I need a chocolate cake that lasts at least 10 days fo a wedding.

Katy goodtoknow Recipes

Hi Jasmine - glad you enjoyed the cake. Good tip to add in a tiny bit of salt - it really brings out the flavour of chocolate and a little salt is delicious in buttercream, too. Sorry you found it took longer than you were expecting - the exact cooking time really does depend on your oven temp - it could be that it's running slightly cold.

Jasmine Ng

This was a yummy cake, the only changes I made were to add in 1/4 tsp of salt to the cake batter and to reduce the frosting by half. The cake did take longer than the stipulated 35 minutes though. Mine took almost an hour.


This is a family favourite, use it for cakes and large cupcakes and for Ice cream Cup Cone Cupcakes as it is nice and moist


When I made this cake everybody absoloutly loved it!!!! They all wanted another piece but its so rich and filling you cant really have more than one piece at a go. I decorated mine with different berries- it looked gorgeos!


I will certainly be cooking this for my fiance (as a treat from his 16 month old daughter) for fathers day. He loves chocolate fudge cake. I am sure he will love this.

Nomie Noo

I found the icing a bit bitter so added a splash of double cream. Loads better :) but that's just me...


I have always just baked sponge cakes and seeing this yummy recipe I have to give this a go and try it out, try something new out.


chocolate fudge cake because if it tastes as good as it looks it will be a treat for the family


Every cake I'd like to bake I've pounds to budge But I love fudge So maybe a treat While I put up my feet With a nice cup of tea This time is for me


would have to have a chocolate fudge cake, a: we love chocolate and b: has fudgeeeeeeeeeee


this cake was absolutely divine. i think i,ll make it for my daughters birthday, she loves chocolate cake. just thinking of how to decorate it more for a first birthday.

Nana you mean by the light brown sugar the moist one or the normal dry sugar...I know it's a really silly question but I'm totaly new in baking. Thank you.


Hi this cake was so yummy. I thought it woulld be hard to make, but it was quite easy

GTK Editor

Hi Raphaya - yes, soft light brown sugar will also work in this cake. Jolene


can i use light soft brown sugar instead of muscovado sugar

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