Sunday, 6 February 2011

Rainyday Fudge Cake...

Sometimes on a Sunday, when its too windy for walking and too wet for digging, theres nothing for it but to throw caution to the diet plan and fire up the ovens. My tribe's cake of choice is always of the chocolate variety, so today we decided to go for it and bake a chocolate fudge cake of staggering proportions...

My assistant chef was in full agreement of course!

  We followed Nigellas recipe for Fudge Cake from the Nigella Bites book. The recipe called for:

400g plain flour
250g golden caster sugar
100g light muscovado sugar
50g best quality cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
half teaspoon salt
3 eggs
142 small tub sour cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
175g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
125ml corn oil
300ml chilled water

For the icing
175 dark chocolate
250g unsalted butter
275g icing sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

The dry ingredients are combined in one bowl, the eggs, sour cream and vanilla are blended in another. Then the butter, oil and water are beat together in yet another bowl. This cake is definitely one to make only if you have space to spread out!
Next the dry ingredients are mixed into the butter and oil mixture and last of all, in goes the eggs and cream. It mixes together satisfyingly well and pours easily into two sandwich tins. These bake for 55 mins until they come out skewer clean!

 I was a little surprised at how big they got!!!

The filling is a simple chocolate butter cream with which we filled the cakes up and then slathered all over! We topped it off with icing sugar and glitter  - which you can't see on the pictures but now coats everything, everywhere in our kitchen. I think we'll be finding edible glitter for months to come...
The results were delicious; a dense, fudgey, chocolaty reason not mind rainy days so much after all!


  1. Wow,could just eat a slice of that. Looks huge! Enjoy your cake. Can start the diet again tomorrow.

  2. You have a very handsome assistant! I am very fond of chocolate cake - the darker the chocolate, the better. Your creation looks yummy and has fired up my craving for chocolate! I may have to go the kitchen and make a cake of my own.

  3. Wow - that looks like a very special, celebration cake. And you were just doing it because the weather was a bit grim? I wanna live at yours!

  4. I love a scrummy tall cake like this.

  5. What a lovely cake. I'm sure your assistant was a marvelous helper. I hope you all enjoyed the cake. I'd love a piece with my coffee. Have a good evening. Blessings...Mary

  6. That is one of the best chocolate cakes I have ever seen!!

  7. It looks delicious, very rich and scrummy.

  8. Your assistant chef is very handsome! :)

  9. Pics of the wee chef and big cake were a treat. I can practically smell the fudge from here... :-D

  10. I like how it towers. I would love a slice right now. Also compliemnts to your handsome Assistant chef :)


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