Saturday, 2 August 2008

Chocolate Fudge Cake

I wanted to make a chocolate fudge cake. I have never found a really good fudge frosting. I roamed around various recipes on the internet and found this one. It was from 'Southern Cakes' by Nancie McDermott. It intrigued me greatly as it was cooked. I have never known frosting to be done this way. It was wonderful. Really really fudgey. The only problem I had was I left the cake until it was cold and also the frosting. It was difficult to spread. I used a knife dipped in very hot water so all was well The next time I use it, and there will be a next time, I will leave a little warmth in the cake and also the frosting before applying this delicious fudgey goo.
The cake is basically a pound cake with additions. I am always adding bits to cakes to see how they turn out. This was not at all bad. At least it was nice and chocolatey.

Pre-heat the oven to 180.C/350.F/Gas4

Grease and line two 8 inch sandwich tins

125g/8oz butter or soft matgarine
125g/8oz caster sugar
125g/80z Self raising Flour
4 eggs
30g/1oz cocoa powder
125g/4oz dark chocolate melted
100mls sour cream or creme fraiche
1 tablspoon golden syrup

Melt the chocolate and leave to one side to cool slightly

Beat the butter until nice and soft.
Add the sugar and beat until nice and light
Beat in the eggs one at a time
Beat in the syrup cream and chocolate
Sift in the flour and mix well
Divide the mixture between the two sandwich tins and bake for approx 20 -30 mins or until springy to the touch.
Leave to cool before removing from the tins.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Fudge Frosting

1 &1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 teasp salt
1/4 cup (1/2 a stick)/2 oz butter*
1/2 cup evaporated milk or half and half*
1 teasp vanilla essence

In a heavy medium saucepan combine the sugar,cocoa and salt. Mix everything together.
Add the butter and place over a medium heat stirring to melt the butterand mix everything together into a smooth brown sauce.
Add the milk,stir well and bring to a lively boil stirring often.
Adjust the heat to maintain an active but gentle boil and cook for five minutes stirring often.
When the frosting begins to thicken remove it from the heat, stir in the vanilla and set it aside to cool for twenty minutes.
Beat the frosting until it thickens and looks shiny then spread it over the cake or the layers you want to ice.


* I doubled the amount of butter as there was no way the specified amount was going to turn that pile of sugar into a sauce.

* I wonder if ordinary milk would do instead of evaporated. If anybody has made this frosting I would be grateful for their input.


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That Fudge Cake looks gorgeous! I've always loved old-fashioned recipes! Yummy!



Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

That looks delicious, I can always go for a nice chocolate cake! I love that photo with the little bowls - gorgeous stuff :)

Rhyleysgranny said...

Thank you Rosa. It didn't last too long anyway :)

Rhyleysgranny said...

Thank you Laura. It is a nice photo but I cannot lay claim to it unfortunately. It was with the recipe

Carmen said...

I love chocolate

Victoria Sponge said...

That is a very handsome looking cake. I love chocolate cake and especially chocolate fudge cake. Very interesting icing recipe. Must try it.
Vicky xxx

Anonymous said...

This cake looks so good! I wish I could eat it righ now :)

Coby said...

Granny that looks deeelicious! I am not so good with experimenting as you, but I can't see why regular milk wouldn't work in place of the evaporated milk (or half and half). Maybe just a little thinner or slightly less rich? Anyway, if you're intending on making it again....;)

Anonymous said...

That looks a really nice cake Brenda. I will be trying that out soon! Jeannette.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful Brenda, I love the pic of the frostings.

What do you think of the book? I've had it on my wish list ages??

RecipeGirl said...

This is looking like some terrific chocolate cake. I rarely make cakes, but I do love a good one.

Gloria said...

This fudge Cake is absolutely yummy!!! xxxGloria

Rhyleysgranny said...

Thank you all for your kind comments. :)

George I haven't got this book. I found the recipe on Google. I am very tempted now to buy it.

Nickki said...

Hi Granny, gorgeous looking cake! :) I really want to try that frosting. I'm sure you probably could use ordinary milk for it, I would imagine the evaporated milk would just make it a bit sweeter?

I've been thinking of buying southern cakes for ages now, I think you've finally convinced me ;)

Maria said...

Wow oh wow this is my kind of cake..drooling


Brilynn said...

That frosting looks good enough to eat with a spoon!

miri said...

Wonderful looking cake! I saved the recipe to try, thanks!

Jerry said...

Now that is a cake!

Elle said...

I love the cake, but you could hand me the frosting and a spoon and I'd be very happy. :)

Rosie said...

Amazing Brenda, I just adore choccie cake and that fudge frosting looks scrummy - slurp - drool....

Rosie x

Michelle said...

chocolate cake is my weakness. It looks delicious!

Anna said...

Oh, my Gosh! Brenda, this looks amazing!