Chocolate Fudge Cake

Total Time:
1 hr 25 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
15 min
Cook:
50 min

Yield:
10 servings or with 1 broken heart
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • For the cake:
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup best-quality cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup corn oil
  • 1 1/3 cups chilled water
  • For the fudge icing:
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, minimum 70 percent cocoa solids
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • For the cake:
Directions
For the cake:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and line the bottom of 2 (8-inch) cake pans.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugars, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl or wide-necked measuring cup whisk together the eggs, sour cream and vanilla until blended. Using a standing or handheld electric mixer, beat together the melted butter and corn oil until just blended (you'll need another large bowl for this is using the hand mixer; the standing mixer comes with its own bowl), then beat in the water. Add the dry ingredients all at once and mix together on a slow speed. Add the egg mixture, and mix again until everything is blended and then pour into the prepared tins. And actually, you could easily do this manually; I just like my toys and find the stand mixer a comforting presence in itself.

Bake the cakes for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a cake-tester comes out clean. Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 15 minutes, and then turn the cakes out on the rack to cool completely.

For the icing:

Melt the chocolate in the microwave - 2 to 3 minutes on medium should do it - or in a bowl sitting over a pan of simmering water, and let cool slightly.

In another bowl beat the butter until it's soft and creamy (again, I use the stand mixer here) and then add the sifted confectioners' sugar and beat again until everything's light and fluffy. I know sifting is a pain, the 1 job in the kitchen I really hate, but you have to do it or the icing will be unsoothingly lumpy. Then gently add the vanilla and chocolate and mix together until everything is glossy and smooth.

Sandwich the middle of the cake with about a quarter of the icing, and then ice the top and sides, too, spreading and smoothing with a rubber spatula.


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    Amazing! Subtle, elegant, and delicious! Thank you for posting this recipe.
    Not tasty at all! The cake is very bland, and the frosting taste like sugar with a hint of chocolate. The family was really unhappy with it.
    I had one of these at my school fete and it was dectable ( << epic word xD . If you ever get to try one slice of this cake, you with fall into heven because they are so good!!
    i just simply love it love love your recipe.and i love u.nigella.my all family watch your program.and they all like it.i can't cook but my sis try your most recipe.one more thing u r really cute,simple,beautifulllll,and aborable.every one will agree.love u.and always be happy,live long and teach us more good recipe.RIGHT EVERYONE.............
    I have tried many of Nigella's recipes and find them excellently versatile. You should try the apple pie made with cheese pastry. It doesnt taste of cheese but the small amount of cheese in the pastry compliments the apples very well.You can change ingredients and i have even swapped the flour in some recipes for gluten free flour, although you will find that you do need to add extra water to gluten free flour.
     Happy cooking everyone.
    This cake is a family (and friends favourite. I have made it numerous times and I once had orders to make three for a wedding reception! Whenever we have a family get together I make one and it disappears very quickly. We usually eat it slightly warmed up with ice cream or fresh cream. I have to admit that I have adapted the recipe slightly by substituting the dark 70% cocoa chocolate for a milk chocolate. .
    Oh my gosh! I just love this cake! The cake itself tasts wonderful and with the icing it's divine. This recipe is a keeper.
    I only gave this 2 stars because the fudge icing was very good. The cake itself was a total disappointment. Even my two kids didn't have more than the first piece. Very bland. I would make a box mix before I would make this again. We ended up picking all the icing off the cake then throwing the cake away!
    I decided to make this with my brother for a nice dessert after dinner but it came out kind of a dissapointment. When we put the cake in the oven we made the icing. It turned out superb! It was nice and creamy and it was nice and chocolatety (I would deffiently reccomend for all chocolate lovers. This icing is incredible). But the cake tasted kind of sugary. even though I followed the recipie EXACTLY how it was written. if you were to make this I would reccomend lowering the powdred sugar in the cake.
    There's your problem bfitz - the cake recipe doesn't call for powdered sugar. The frosting yes, the cake no. You stated you like the frosting, which uses powdered sugar, but that "the cake tastes sugary." Apparently, you didn't follow the recipe as written b/c it doesn't call for powdered sugar in the cake portion. So, either you are implying that the overall cake, including the frosting, is too "sugary" for your taste, or you are stating that the cake itself is too sweet.
    I was expecting this cake to be super moist and tasty and, honestly, the end result fell flat for us. I followed the directions precisely and had high expectations. I have to agree with another commenter - seems that the reliance is on the frosting for the flavor. Won't make this one again.
    the icing was good, but the cake itself tasted like chocolate muffin. I could see how some people would like this, but it did not go over so well for my clan.
    My husband wanted a chocolate cake and I was trying to find one that wouldn't be too dry. I looked up this recipe and thought I'd give it a try. First of all this was my first cake including icing that I has completely made from scratch. (before at least some boxed or canned items had been used) It was very easy to do, my 5 year old daughter was able to help me through the entire process, and the end result was amazing! The cake was light and fluffy but so maist and gooey that it was almost still like fudge. It was great!. I would deffinately recomend this to anyone who wants a moist, chocolatey, easy cake! It is deffinately going to go in my recipe book for many future uses!
    I made this last week for a birthday party everyone loved it! Very much worth the time and effort!! I made a white chocolate frosting to put on the cake.
    this recipe has too many ingredients for not enough tastiness.
    it was great!!\I would advise people though to go the extra mile and look for chocolate chips with more than 70% cocoa. It will make it chocolatier.
     everyone loved it and nobody left anything on their plates.
    I have mixed feelings about this recipe. My guests, including children, seemed to really like it. It has a sophisticated taste -- far less sweet than most cakes. But I thought the flavor was a little bland and I'm not sure I would make it again. If I did I would search for a more intensely flavored cocoa for the cake. The icing is silky and delicious.
    I thought it would come out good but it didn't :( I made it for a couple that my husband and I know because they were having us over for dinner.... I ended up just making choco choco chip cookies to hide my shame from this terribly bland cake. I was embarrassed to bring it over.
    I only used the actual 'cake' portion of this cake. I didn't use the frosting, so I cannot say with any authority if it is good or not. However, that being said, the cake itself was awesome. I have been trying to find a good cake recipe to match with my ganache frosting and mousse, this is it. It is really good
    This Cake is the greatest and my family loves it
    Perhaps the recipe relies on the frosting to give it flavor? I used Schareffen Berger cocoa powder and the chocolate flavor tasted watered down. I made cupcakes and baked them for about 16 min. The texture was decent and with the frosting (I made a chocolate cream cheese frosting) some people said it tasted ok.
    Made this for a birthday party. Everyone raved and wanted the recipe.
    Nigella has always had great recipes to use, I tried this one today because my fiance loves chocolate and has been requesting a homemade chocolate cake. Him and I both were disappointed with this. We both LOVE chocolate, this cake won't be finished in our house at all.
    Very good cake Icing a little bitter
    It tastes good
    What I love the best about this cake is that the frosting got hard almost like candy and it kept the cake nice and moist, goes great with a tall glace of ice cold moo, I also like my cake cold so I keep it in the fridge, its also not overly sweet, its like alot of european desserts , it wont send your blood sugar into overdrive!
    This cake was good. Was not the greatest I ever had, but it was easy to make.
    I've read that Nigella uses Bensdorp brand cocoa. You can buy it at Dean and Deluca stores or on their website. It's a high quality dutched process or European style cocoa.
    The cake is gorgeous, plump, nice texture. Icing sweet, lush, creamy. But the cake itself has almost no flavor. I used Nestle's cocoa, would be curious to know if other types of cocoa might make for more chocolate flavor. There are much tastier recipes for chocolate cake available, like Nigella's chocolate loaf or Ina's brownie tart. Nigella's recipes are usually winners, but not this one!
    I usually have to have a mood for a rich very sweet stuff. Usually, I'm very picky about frosting/icing on any cake and is the problem for my taste buds with a lot of recipes. I noticed she didn't use too much sugar first of all for the cake part and I really liked that she used bitter chocolates for glaze. I actually wasn't sure what kind of sweetness would be the result, but the cake tasts with nice gentle sweetness and bitter chocolates and confectioning sugar creates a perfect sweetness for the glaze!!! It even satisfied my husband who is a sweet lover! It was a hit in our family! It just because I love strawberries, I put slices of them between 2 layers with white whipping cream. It is very easy to make and is a wonderful elegant cake for any occasions! But once again, this is not a rich sweet sweet cake.
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