Best Chocolate Fudge Cake Ever

Luscious chocolate fudge cake recipe topped with white chocolate shavings and marbled buttercream icing. A truly delicious dark chocolate cake, that's dressed to impress.

best chocolate fudge cake recipe topped with white chocolate and buttercream icing

This is seriously the best chocolate fudge cake recipe ever. My husband’s favorite cake is chocolate fudge cake, so I set myself a mission to come up with the perfect chocolate fudge cake recipe. This was my birthday present to him. This is now one of my family’s favorite cakes to make.

This is a very indulgent cake. The cake sponge is perfectly moist and the chocolate flavor is on point. Seriously if you are a chocolate lover you are going to fall in love with this recipe.

Adding Coffee

Adding the coffee to the melted chocolate makes this cake so deliciously chocolaty. You don’t taste the coffee at all. Rather the coffee brings out and enhances the flavor of the chocolate making this the best cake ever. If you really are opposed to adding in the coffee you can simply swap it for boiled water. The cake won’t taste as rich and chocolaty but it will still be lovely and moist.

The chocolate ganache icing complements the chocolate fudge cake perfectly. It only uses two ingredients and is super simple to make. To make the perfect ganache you have to use double cream or a heavy whipping cream. If you use single cream or whole milk the ganache won’t set properly and you won’t be able to ice your cake efficiently. If you are looking for a dairy free alternative you can use a can of full fat coconut milk. Simply heat up in the same way as the cream then measure out the amount you need. The second ingredient is of course chocolate and any recipe is only as good as it’s ingredients so I use this quality Belgium chocolate from Amazon.

How to store your chocolate fudge cake

This recipe uses fresh cream for the ganache and stores well in the refrigerator up to 4-5 days in a cake box. If you have any leftover unused ganache you can transfer it to an air tight bag or container and freeze up to 3 months. When you are ready to use your ganache thaw it overnight in the fridge and it will be ready to use by morning.

How to make chocolate fudge cake

To make this gorgeous chocolate fudge cake, first grab yourself your ingredients. The great thing about this recipe is that it only uses ingredients you can easily buy from your local supermarket, dark chocolate, Butter, coffee granules, plain flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, Bicarbonate of soda, caster sugar, light brown sugar, eggs, buttermilk and last but not least cream. Now you have your ingredients follow the step by step recipe instructions below.

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Chocolate fudge cake

The Best Chocolate Fudge Cake Ever.

Love Food Feed Editors
This is seriously the best chocolate fudge cake ever, its soft moist chocolaty sponge compliments the decedent creamy chocolate ganache perfectly.
4.9 from 27 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, British
Servings 16
Calories 639 kcal



For the cake

For the Chocolate Ganache

For the decorations


  • First preheat your oven to 160°C
    Preheat oven 160 degrees
  • Grease and line 3 8 inch/20cm cake tins with parchment paper and set to one side.
    Chocolate fudge cake instructions
  • In to a large mixing bowl add in the light brown sugar, caster sugar, plain flour cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder. Stir so the dry ingredients are all mixed well.
    175 g Plain Flour, 25 g Cocoa powder, ¼ tsp Bicarbonate of soda, 200 g Caster sugar, 200 g Light brown sugar, 1 tsp Baking powder
    Chocolate fudge cake instructions
  • In a separate glass Pyrex bowl add the dark chocolate and butter into a and melt over a sauce pan of boiling water. You can also melt in the microwave if you like.
    225 g Dark chocolate, 225 g Unsalted Butter
    Chocolate fudge cake instructions
  • Pour the coffee granules into 125ml of boiling water and mix well.
    1 tbsp Instant coffee granules
    Chocolate fudge cake instructions
  • Add the coffee to the melted chocolate and butter and stir until smooth.
    Chocolate fudge cake instructions
  • Whisk the eggs with the buttermilk.
    75 milliliters Buttermilk, 4 Eggs
    Chocolate fudge cake instructions
  • Now add the chocolate and egg mixtures to the dry ingredients and stir until all the ingredients are well incorporated. The cake batter should be runny with no lumps.
    Chocolate fudge cake instructions
  • Pour the cake batter evenly between the three cake tins.
    Chocolate fudge cake instructions
  • Pop the cakes into your preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  • To test if your cake is cooked simply prick the center of the cake with a skewer, if it comes out clean its cooked if it has a little cake batter stuck to it pop it back into the oven for a couple more minutes and test again.
  • Once baked leave the cakes in the tins to cool for a few minutes before turning them out onto a wire rack to continue to cool.

To make the chocolate ganache

  • Pour the double cream into a saucepan and heat over a low heat for a few minutes. Stir slowly watching that the cream doesn’t simmer or boil.
    500 milliliters Double cream
    Heat cream for ganache
  • Once the cream is hot remove from the heat.
    Remove cream from heat
  • Add in your dark chocolate and place a sauce pan lid on top and leave for about 3-5 minutes to melt the chocolate.
    500 g Dark chocolate
    Chocolate ganache instructions
  • After a few minutes uncover and stir slowly until the ganache is well incorporated and has a smooth, creamy and glossy texture.
    Chocolate ganache instructions
  • Place into your fridge for a couple of hours to thicken.
    Chocolate fudge cake instructions
  • When it is thick enough to spread simply cover the first cake layer in ganache, top with the second layer of cake and repeat the process with the third cake layer.
  • Then with the left-over ganache even spread around the sides of the cake until smooth.
  • Then top and decorate any way you like, this time I used chocolate shavings and vanilla and chocolate butter cream.
    Chocolate shavings, Marbled buttercream
    Chocolate fudge cake


Tips and Tricks
If you can’t buy buttermilk in your local store you can make your own simply by using the same amount of full fat milk and mix 2 tbsp of lemon juice together. It will curdle a little and will look a bit odd but that’s fine.
This cake will last 4-5 day if it’s kept in the fridge in an air tight cake tin.
I added the chocolate ganache to a piping bag to make icing the cake easier to spread and coat evenly.


Calories: 639kcalCarbohydrates: 56gProtein: 7gFat: 44gSaturated Fat: 26gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 91mgPotassium: 436mgFiber: 6gSugar: 36gVitamin A: 896IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 98mgIron: 6mg
Keyword celebration cake ideas, chocolate, chocolate cake, chocolate fudge cake, classic cake, fudge cake
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5 thoughts on “Best Chocolate Fudge Cake Ever

  1. 3 stars
    It tasted more like a brownie than a fudge cake. The sponge texture was dry and crumbly. I used my wifes chocolate butter cream frosting instead of the recommended ganche. I’d have given it 5 stars as a brownie cake but wouldnt have kept it in the oven as long.

  2. Hello Jennifer, I’m making this fudge cake tomorrow, just wanted to know what was the best chocolate to use for the chocolate ganache?

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