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Chocolate fudge cake with angel frosting

The ultimate in indulgence, this chocolate fudge cake looks like a star with American-style frosting and bakes in just one tin

  • Prep: 1 hrs
    Cook: 1 hrs 45 mins
  • Serves 10
  • A challenge
  • Serves 10
  • A challenge
  • Calories 849
  • Carbohydrates 132
  • Saturated Fat 11
  • Sugar 107
  • Protein 7
  • Fat 35
  • Fibre 2
  • Salt 0.47

Nutrition per serving

  • Calories 849
  • Carbohydrates 132
  • Saturated Fat 11
  • Sugar 107
  • Protein 7
  • Fat 35
  • Fibre 2
  • Salt 0.47

Ingredients

  • 250g dark chocolate, broken into chunks - standard supermarket chocolate is fine
  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 300g light, soft brown sugar, plus 2 tbsp
  • 50g cocoa
  • 200ml sunflower oil, plus a little extra for greasing
  • 284ml soured cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 500g white caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp liquid glucose
  • 2 egg whites
  • 25g icing sugar, sifted

Method

  1. Heat oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 4 and grease and line a deep, 20cm round cake tin. Whizz the chocolate in a food processor until crumbs. Tip the flour, sugar, cocoa, oil, 150ml soured cream, eggs, vanilla and 150ml water into the largest mixing bowl you have. Whisk with an electric whisk until smooth, then quickly stir in 150g of your whizzed-up chocolate bits. Scrape into a tin, and bake on the middle shelf for 1 hr 20-1 hr 30 mins, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool in the tin.

  2. While the cake is baking, make the icing. Combine remaining chocolate bits and soured cream with 2 tbsp soft brown sugar in a small saucepan and heat, stirring, until the chocolate is melted and you have a smooth icing. Leave to cool.

  3. When the cake is cool, slice it into 3 even layers. Spread 2 layers with chocolate icing.

  4. To make the angel frosting, put the sugar, vanilla and liquid glucose in a pan with 125ml water. Bring to the boil and cook just until the sugar has melted and the syrup turns clear. Take off the heat. Meanwhile, beat the egg whites until stiff, then continue beating, gradually pouring in the hot sugar syrup in a steady stream, until the mixture is fluffy and thick enough to spread – this might take a few mins as the mixture cools. Beat in the icing sugar. Work quickly and spread a tiny bit over each chocolate-covered layer. Assemble cake and swirl remaining frosting over entire cake.

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