Easy chocolate fudge cake

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Easy Chocolate Fudge Cake

A very chocolatey, moist Chocolate Fudge Cake that is similar to chocolate mud cake, but not as dense. Made with both melted chocolate and cocoa, AND topped with chocolate ganache, this one is sure to satisfying your chocolate cravings!

Super easy to make, very forgiving, no stand mixer or beater. Just one bowl and a wooden spoon!

Easy Chocolate Fudge Cake being cut

Chocolate Fudge Cake

I may be disowned as an Australian for saying this, but I’m not the hugest fan of classic Chocolate Mud Cake. I find it too dense and doughy, and it gets stuck to the roof of my mouth. It’s very……erm…..mud-like.

Duh.

Creative writing isn’t my forte, is it?? Hey – I’m a food blogger. Not a writer! 😂

So this isn’t a classic Chocolate Mud Cake because it has a bit of lift in it, but it is still way fudgier and mud-cake like than 99% of other chocolate cakes, including my own everyday Chocolate Cake. Call it a Chocolate Fudge MUD CAKE if you want!! (Bit too much of a mouthful for me…. 🙂 )

Close up of slice of Easy Chocolate Fudge Cake, ready to be eaten

Why I love this fudge cake so much

I know there are a LOT of chocolate cake recipes “out there”. But here’s why I love this Easy Chocolate Fudge Cake so much:

  • It’s intensely chocolatey – thanks to the use of both melted chocolate AND cocoa powder.

  • Beautifully moist and fudgy – hence the name!

  • Terrific flavour. It truly tastes of chocolate which, as odd as it sounds, is actually rarer than you might think.

  • You just need a wooden spoon. No stand mixer, no electric beater.

  • It’s virtually foolproof. I’ve cooked it on high for shorter periods of time, and low for longer. I’ve had to dash out of the house before it was fully cooked and left it in the oven (turned off) to finish cooking. And it always works out. Why? Because it’s so fudgey, it is actually hard to overcook so it becomes dry and it is not meant to rise very much so you don’t have to worry about that part either!

  • The Chocolate Ganache Frosting is crazy easy too. Cream + chocolate, melt, mix, cool. No beating!

  • Everyone goes mad over this. Chocolate on chocolate. Enough said!

How to make this fudgy moist cake

You would be forgiven for thinking you’re making a brownie when you start making this Chocolate Fudge Cake. Because that is in fact where the roots of this cake recipe is drawn from.

Did you know… The reason you see hot water in chocolate cake recipes is because it makes the cocoa “bloom”, making the cake taste more like chocolate!

How to make easy Chocolate Fudge Cake

↑↑↑ Crackage is normal! It’s kind of like that crinkly top of brownies – because this cake has lift in it from baking powder, it “bursts” through the crinkly top. But don’t worry, the cracks are less prominent once it cools (because it sinks a bit) and it’s completely hidden under Chocolate Ganache!

Difference between chocolate fudge cake and mud cake

I had someone on Instagram asking me what the difference is between Fudge Cake and Mud Cake so I thought I’d explain!! Chocolate mud cake is so dense that it cuts cleanly with perfect edges and virtually no crumbs.

In contrast, fudge cakes have more of a cake-like texture, like what you see in the close up of the slice at the top of this post.

Chocolate Ganache Frosting

I’m of the opinion that if we’re going to make a Fudgy Chocolate Cake, let’s really drive home the decadence and chocolate flavour by frosting it with chocolate ganache.

If you’re new to Chocolate Ganche, you’re going to really love this. Rather than beating icing sugar and butter for ages and ages like we do with Chocolate Buttercream, Chocolate Ganache is made simply with cream and chocolate that’s heated until the chocolate melts.

When hot, it’s a chocolate sauce you want to pour over everything.

When it cools, it has the consistency of peanut butter. Easy to spread and swirl on your cakes or cupcakes, and everything in between.

How to make Chocolate Ganache

My everyday Chocolate Cake is beautifully moist and it’s the one I make most often.

But I figure we all need a blow out Chocolate Cake in our repertoire too. And this Easy Chocolate Fudge Cake is my blow-out Chocolate Cake recipe. It is rich. It is chocolatey. It is moist and fudgy. And I absolutely love it.

I hope you consider trying it! – Nagi x