Ultra-moist chocolate cake

    50 min

    This chocolate fudge cake will tantalise the taste buds of any true chocolate lover. It's chocolately, moist and dense. Eat it as it is, with chocolate sauce or frost it with a chocolate ganache for the ultimate chocolate treat.

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    Serves: 18 

    • 300g caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 eggs
    • 250ml milk
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    • 45g unsweetened cocoa
    • 250ml hot water
    • 315g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 115g unsalted butter

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Cream butter and sugar together in a large bowl. Add vanilla and then eggs to the mixture.
    2. In another bowl, mix together flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt. Sour the milk by adding the lemon juice. Add flour mixture alternating with soured milk to the creamed mixture.
    3. Mix cocoa and hot water together; beat into batter.
    4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes at 180 C / Gas 4. Cool and frost with desired frosting.

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    not a review but a question - does this make enough mixture to do 2 different layers? want to know before I attempt making it.  -  01 Oct 2016


    I honestly can't believe more people haven't tried this recipe. It is probably one of the best chocolate fudge cakes I've ever baked. (and I've baked quite a few!). I changed the recipe to 9 servings and this was actually just over what I needed. I baked an 8inch layer cake and still had mix left over! I used low fat margarine instead of butter to make it a little less sinful. I also added 1 tsp of cinnamon to add a little spice. Just before I put the tins in the oven I dropped a handful of roughly chopped dark and white chocolate chunks into the top of the mix. These added some nice surprises in the middle of the cakes. I baked it for 25-30 minutes and the result was so perfect. It was intensely moist and rich and chocolatey but it was also light to the bite unlike a lot of heavy chocolate cakes. I filled the layer cake with my Raspberry Layer Cake Filling and frosted the tops and sides with the Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting and Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting. I added fresh raspberries to the top and chocolate shavings. I will be making this cake time and time again. It is now my no1 chocolate cake recipe! The only thing I can think that is putting people off with giving this recipe a go is the lack of detailed instructions, but if you've baked a cake or two before it is easy to work out the details. For example make sure you grease and flour your tins before you put the mixture in I urge everyone to give this recipe a go!!  -  11 Aug 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I would've given this 5 stars if I had not needed to change the recipe a tad. I put in 3/4 cup of chocolate because it definitely needed more. I also used buttermilk instead of souring the milk with lemon juice. I went ahead and used the chocolate cream cheese icing and brown sugar cream cheese icing that another member suggested. Also, as a semi-beginner cook, I didn't realize that I should've put the batter into two round pans as there was just too much batter in one to cook in that amount of time and it caved in a tad in the middle. The taste was AMAZING though so it still deserves at least 4 stars.  -  02 Sep 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)