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All-in-one Chocolate Cake with Fudge Icing

Categories: Big-Batch Meals, Cakes/pies, Chocolate, Kid-friendly, Sweet
Type: Desserts and Baked Goods

This all-in-one chocolate cake tastes amazing and is so easy to make.

Prep Time: 20M

Cooking Time: 40M

Serves: Serves 8-12


  • 1 3/4 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/4 cupunsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, plus 2 tbsp
  • 8oz (225g) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the chocolate fudge icing

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 11/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 3 tbsp milk, plus little extra if needed
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  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease two 8in (20cm) round cake pans, then line with parchment paper. Sift the flour, cocoa, and baking powder into a large bowl. With an electric mixer, beat in the eggs, sugar, butter, and vanilla until well blended. Mix in 2 tablespoons hot tap water. If the batter is too firm to easily drop off the beaters, add up to 2 more tablespoons of hot water. Divide the batter evenly between the pans and smooth the tops.
  2. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until risen and firm. Let cool in the pans for 5 minutes before unmolding onto racks to cool completely.
  3. Meanwhile, to make the icing, sift the cocoa powder and confectioners' sugar into a bowl, add the butter and milk, and beat until smooth. Add a little extra milk if the mixture is too thick to spread easily. Place one cooled cake layer on a serving plate and spread with half of the icing. Align the second layer on top of the first, and spread with the remaining icing, leaving the sides unfrosted.
  • The cakes are cooked when they start to shrink away from the edge of the tin.

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Excerpted from The Illustrated Quick Cook.
Copyright © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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