Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake

Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake @createdbydiane Dark Chocolate, it doesn’t get much better than this! I remember being a kid and getting one of those small dark chocolate bars out of a bag of Hershey’s Miniatures, they were the BEST. I always wished there were more in the bag and well, I really wished they sold a whole bag FULL of the Special Dark Chocolates really. I’m not alone, you liked them too? Right? Well now a days dark chocolate is more common, so for anyone younger than me. You may not even know what I’m talking about. I came upon Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder a while ago and have used it in many recipes, but this is one I not be forgetting anytime soon. It was the PERFET chocolate for this cake in my opinion, and the opinions of everyone who had a piece of this really chocolaty cake.   Chocolate Fudge Cake.jpg Now that I’ve mentioned how to make Hot Fudge Sauce here you’ll need more than ice cream to pour it on. Right? This Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake is just the thing you need. Trust me. It’s dark chocolate cake with fudge between each layer, wrapped in Coffee Italian Buttercream Frosting and then you guessed it, more fudge poured over the top. Oh yeah, It’s OVER the TOP! My husband has claimed this….absolute favorite! My kids couldn’t wait to have a second piece. It really was so rich and delicious, like a chocolate overload…in a GOOD way. I wanted the fudge to drip over the sides, but I really didn’t want it to pour all the way down the cake and land at the bottom, so I melted some and left some at room temperature, the combination was perfect to work with and really so easy and only took a couple minutes to finish up.

fudge on top of cake

Layering the fudge in between the cake layers instead of frosting I think was my favorite part. I couldn’t wait to cut into this cake!

Instant coffee mixing  into Italian Buttercream Frosting

This is the strainer I pressed the instant coffee through so it was powder fine.

crumb coat on cake

I crumb coated the cake and put it into the fridge to set up and get ready for the outside coat.

frosting on the cake

When frosting a cake make sure you have plenty of frosting, there is nothing worse that running out of frosting before you cake is done, trust me.

frosting a cake

I smoothed the frosting with an offset spatula.

pouring fudge on cake

then poured the fudge on top.

Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake .jpg Oh yes, see nice and dark! But really this photo is showing the cake a little lighter than it really is…..just wait until the next photo   Inside of Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake.jpg See that is exactly how dark the cake is….think “Special Dark” yep that is the secret ingredient. Some photos look lighter straight out of the camera, I took these photos at night and I’m sure I was in a bit of a hurry to get the pieces of cake onto the plates. No one wanted to wait until I took photos….they wanted CAKE! I couldn’t blame them, so I took these really quickly. I’m just lucky I remembered to take photos of the inside at all, sometimes I forget.

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Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake
  • 1 cup unsweetened Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2¾ cups sifted flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2½ cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees
  2. In medium bowl combine cocoa with water mixing with wire whisk until smooth.
  3. Cool completely.
  4. Whisk flour with baking soda, salt, and baking powder so there are no lumps.
  5. In large bowl beat on high, butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light about 5 minutes.
  6. On low speed beat in flour mixture and cocoa mixture.
  7. Do not over beat.
  8. Prepare 3 8" baking pans with parchment on the bottom and baking spray on the sides for easy removal of cake after it's baked.
  9. Divide the batter evenly in the 3 pans.
  10. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  11. Cool cake in pan, then turn cake out on cooling rack to be sure they are completely cooled. I refrigerate, or freeze my cake so it's cold when the frosting goes on and the layers are easy to handle. It also seems to help that the cake stays moister if I freeze them. A couple hours or overnight.
  12. I wrap the cake layers in plastic wrap and unwrap them when I take the out of freezer and in about 10 minutes begin assembling the cake.
  13. Baking strips around the outside of the cake pans REALLY helps the cakes bake evenly. Trust me, I do not like to level cakes, and they are a life saver. If you don't have them, wet towel strips and pin them around the edge of the pans so the batter bakes evenly.
  14. Fudge Sauce Recipe
  15. Place ¾ cup in between each cake layer and smooth almost to the edge.
  16. Italian Buttercream Frosting Recipe
  17. tablespoon instant coffee, ground fine. I press the coffee with a spoon into a strainer until it's a powder.
  18. Spread a thin layer of frosting over cake and refrigerate for 15 minutes then frost with remaining frosting.
  19. Drizzle hot fudge over the cake and spread with an offset spatula on top.
  20. Place cake into the fridge to chill the fudge so it doesn't drip down totally.
  21. Remove cake an hour before serving.

slice of Dark Chocolate Fudge 3 layer Cake.jpg Yeah, you really can’t go wrong with dark chocolate can you? I added coffee to the frosting as requested from the birthday girl, it really did give it a deliciously rich taste that everyone loved.

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  1. 1

    Diane, this cake is gorgeous! Absolutely a chocoholic’s dream come true… I know it’s mine!

  2. 2

    I agree, you can’t go wrong with dark chocolate! This cake sounds absolutely amazing!

  3. 3

    Beautiful! However, in the instructions cinnamon and coffee are mentioned, but I don’t see those in the ingredients list. Am I missing something?

    • 4

      oops sorry about that my error. This cake doesn’t call for it. I accidentally cut and pasted a portion from my previous recipe and forgot to omit that portion. That is what I get for typing TOO late at night. I should proof read better :)

  4. 5

    Diane, this cake looks so lucious!! Thanks for sharing! I agree with you regarding the baking strips, they have saved me many times.

  5. 6

    I totally want to face plant in that fudgy top!

  6. 8

    That is one incredible cake, Diane. Nothing could make me more happy right now than a piece of that with a tall cold glass of milk!

  7. 9
    Carolyn says:

    Wow, that’s gorgeous. Just say the words “dark chocolate” and you have my attention!

  8. 10

    Oh my goodness, this is absolutely mouth watering divine! I have to make this gorgeous dessert :)

  9. 11

    What a beautiful cake! So deep, dark, rich and fudgy!

  10. 12

    You could definitely see your skills within the work you write. The arena hopes for even more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to say how they believe. All the time follow your heart.

  11. 13

    superb…………yuummyyy…………….parcel please who ever prepared :)

  12. 14
    Priscilla Lee says:

    Hello Diane,

    This cake looks scrumptious! I want to make this cake for a friend who is gluten intolerant. What gluten free flour can I substitute for the flour in the recipe? Can I use rice flour?

    Many thanks!


    • 15

      I know that there is gluten free flour (specifically King Arthur makes one) I am not sure if the other ingredients are gluten free or not, so I would check with you friend to be sure the other ingredients are ok.


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