Chocolate Fudge Cake

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My best friend recently hosted a girly dinner party and we each brought something, I came with wine and chocolate fudge cake. It tasted rather yummy if I do say so myself and it was the easiest chocolate cake I’ve ever baked so thought I’d share the recipe with you.

50g sifted cocoa powder
6 tbsp boiling water
3 large eggs
50ml milk
175g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
100g soft butter
275g caster sugar
For the Icing and Filling:
3 tbsp apricot jam
150g plain chocolate
150ml pouring double cream

Takes 50 minutes | Serves 10-12

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/ gas 4. Grease 2 deep 20cm sandwich tins then line the base of each tin with non-stick baking parchment.
2. Blend the cocoa powder and boiling water in a large bowl and mix until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and beat until combined.
3. Divide the cake mixture equally between the prepared tins and level the surface.
4. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until well risen and the tops of the cakes spring back when lightly pressed with a finger.
5. Leave to cool in the tins for a few minutes, then turn out, peel off the parchment and finish cooling on a wire rack.
6. To make the icing, warm the apricot jam in a small pan, then spread a little over the base of one cake and the top of the other.
7. Break the chocolate into pieces and gently heat with the cream in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water for about 10 minutes or until the chocolate has melted, stirring occasionally.
8. Remove the bowl from the heat and allow the mixture to almost set (I ran out of time so didn’t leave the sauce to set for as long as it needed, so it was rather runny but otherwise it didn’t affect the cake in the slightest).
9. Sandwich the two cakes together, filling the cakes with half of the icing and spreading the remainder on the top.
10. Use a small palette knife to smooth the icing on the top.

This recipe was taken from Mary Berry 100 Cakes and Bakes – Very Best Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe.

Life is better with cake

I came across this quote a while ago and it’s stuck with me. Does anyone else agree that life is better with cake?

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