Best ever chocolate fudge cake

Skill: Medium
Cost: Medium
Time: 1 hour
Equipment: Mixing bowl, 2x 7inch sandwich tins


This is the best chocolate cake ever! It’s a recipe from a Mary Berry book from over 20 years ago and has been a favourite in my family for as long as I can remember. It is so quick and easy but sooo yummy. Home made is always best, especially when it comes to chocolate cake and I couldn’t recommend it more. The sponge is moist and the icing smooth and chocolatey.


For the cake:

1 1/2 Rounded tbsp cocoa

3 tbsp Warm water

175g Soft margarine

175g Caster sugar

3 Eggs

175g Self-raising flour

1 1/2 tsp Baking powder

For the fudge icing:

50g Margarine

25g Cocoa

2 tbsp Milk

225g Icing sugar

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1. Preheat the oven to 180C and line two 7inch sandwich tins with greaseproof paper

2. Blend the coca with the hot water until a smooth paste. Leave to cool.

3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix.

4. Divide between the two tins and bake for 25 minutes. Remove and cool on a wire rack.

5. While the cakes are cooling make the icing by melting the butter in a pan, adding the coca and cooking for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and mix in the milk and icing sugar. Spread 1/4 on top of one of the cakes and sandwich together. Pour the rest on top, allowing it to flow over the sides of the cake. Use a pallet knife to spread it out evenly.

Top tip- to get a really smooth finish dip the pallet knife in a mug of hot water frequently while distributing the icing. This will prevent it pulling the crumbs of the cake, creating a neat finish.

6. (Optional) Decorate with chocolate and fudge pieces

7. Enjoy!


I don’t usually decorate it, but as I had some chocolate as a gift and some fudge pieces in the cupboard I thought it would make a nice change.

As I mentioned, it’s a family favourite so didn’t last very long at all. It goes down perfectly with some double cream and accompanied by a cup of tea!

Do you have any family favourite recipes?

Do you have an amazing chocolate fudge cake recipe?

Until next time,

Emily x




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