chocolate fudge cake from Vaughan's Kitchen

Foolproof Chocolate Fudge Cake

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Why not use it to recreate the chocolate cake in the opening sequence of Great British Bake Off.  Cut the cake in two when cooled and sandwich together with either whipped double cream or a mixture of half double cream and half mascarpone whipped together.  Top with fudge topping and then finish with fresh raspberries pressed into the fudge topping before it has fully set.


100g butter at room temperature

200g caster sugar

2 egg

1 tablespoon cocoa powder (heaped for darker cake)

200g  Self Raising flour

1 level teaspoon baking powder

3 tablespoons milk

3 tablespoons hot water

Fudge Topping

50g butter

1 tablespoon milk

225g icing sugar sifted

1 tablespoon cocoa powder sifted


Pre heat the oven to 180C

  1. Cream butter and sugar together with wooden spoon.
  2. Beat in egg and some of the flour and then fold in cocoa powder and rest of the flour with a metal spoon. Do not overbeat at this stage or you will lose all the lightness you’ve put in.
  3. Add the milk and hot water. The mixture should fall off the spoon easily.  Add a handful of any other ingredients you think will work well at this stage e.g. sour cherries,  sultanas, chocolate chips, chopped crystallized ginger etc.
  4. Line an 8” baking tin with baking parchment.
  5. Put mixture in and bake at 180C for 35 mins until firm to the touch.

Fudge Topping

  1. Melt butter in saucepan with milk.
  2. Take off heat
  3. Stir in sifted icing sugar and cocoa powder and mix together.
  4. Pour on to cake and leave to set.