Chocolate fudge cake

Sue McMahon, Woman’s Weekly cookery editor, gives her recipe for the classic dessert. Follow along in the easy step-by-step video
Serves: 10-12
Prep time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins
Total time: 45 mins
Skill level: Easy peasy




    • 4 Large eggs


    • 250g )8oz) unsalted butter, sogtened


    • 175g (6oz) soft dark brown sugar


    • 60g (2oz) golden syrup


    • 60g (2oz) dark chocolate, melted


    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


    • 200g (7oz) self-raising flour


    • 30g (1oz) cocoa


    • ½ level teaspoon baking powder


    • 1 tablespoon water



    • 300ml (1/2pint) soured cream or crème fraiche


    • 400g (14oz) dark chocolate, melted


    • 2 x 20cm (8in) round sandwich tins, buttered and base lined






    1. Set the oven to Gas Mark 5 or 190°C.


    1. To make the sponge, put the eggs, butter, brown sugar, golden syrup, melted chocolate and vanilla extract into a large bowl. Sift in the flour, cocoa and baking powder and add the water. Beat with a hand-held electric mixer until smooth.


    1. Divide the mixture between the two tins and smooth the tops level. Bake in the centre of the oven for 25-30 minutes, until the cakes feel springy to the touch. Remove the cakes from the oven and leave them to cool in the tins for a few minutes before turning them onto a wire rack to cool completely.


    1. To make the frosting, stir the soured cream or crème fraiche into the melted chocolate using a wire whisk. Allow the mixture to cool slightly but not to set.


    1. Place one layer of sponge on a plate and spread a generous layer of frosting over it and then place the other sponge on top. Cover the cake completely with the remaining chocolate frosting, swirling it on.


    1.  Leave the cake in a cool place for the frosting to set a little before serving.




Nutritional information per portion



fat 36.0g calories 568(kcal)


This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.