If you’ve been following my seasonal series on using my lunch break from my laptop to bake something delicious and comforting, you’ll know that my summer bake is often my Chocolate Fudge Cake, so easy to make and so moreish the cake won’t last long! I don’t know why I feel that summer deserves chocolate (melting properties!), except that any season is the season for chocolate, isn’t it?
Chocolate Fudge Cake
So delicious and scrumptious with coffee or with tea. It’s rich, moist, and fudge-y with a gorgeous chocolate ganache. You can even have it as a pudding with fresh cream poured over a slice.
200 g. (8 oz.) butter, cubed
200 g. (8 oz.) light muscovado sugar
125 g. (4.5 oz.) self-raising flour
125 g. (4.5 oz.) plain flour
3 large eggs
200 g. (8 oz.) good-quality dark chocolate, chopped (min 70% cocoa solids)
25 g. (1 oz.) cocoa powder
100ml (3.5 fl. oz.) water
75ml (3 fl. oz.) crème fraiche
For the buttercream filling:
50 g. (2 oz.) good quality dark chocolate
100 g. (4 oz.) butter, softened
200 g. (8 oz.) icing sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
A little milk
For the chocolate ganache:
150 ml. (5 fl. oz.) double cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. butter
150 g. (6 oz.) dark chocolate
Chocolate shavings to decorate if desired
Preheat the oven to 170ºC, 335ºF/gas mark 3. Grease and line with baking parchment/greaseproof paper, two 20-m. (8-in.) deep sandwich tins. Melt chocolate, butter, and water in a pan over low heat until smooth. Set aside to cool. Sift flours and cocoa powder into a bowl and stir in the sugars. Beat the eggs and crème fraiche together until smooth, then beat in the chocolate mixture. Fold in the flour mixture. Divide the mixture between the two cake tins and gently level the tops. Bake in the oven for about 35–-40 minutes. Cool and then turn out onto a cooling rack.
To make the buttercream: Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Meanwhile, beat the butter, icing sugar and vanilla in a bowl until smooth. Add the chocolate and fold until smooth. Add a little milk if the icing is too thick. Spread onto one cake and sandwich both together.
To make the ganache: gently heat the cream, vanilla butter and chocolate in a pan. Remove from the heat and beat until smooth. Smooth the ganache on the top of the cake. Circle the top with a fork, or pipe swirls of frosting along the edge and decorate with chocolate shavings.
This recipe and more can be found in my book: The Old Rectory: Escape to a Country Kitchen at http://myBook.to/TheOldRectory