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Chocolate Fudge Cake

Rose Levy Beranbaum
Course Dessert
Servings 12 people


  • 2 9-inch by 1 1/2 inch round cake pans


  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups sifted cake flour
  • 2 cups light brown sugar firmly packed
  • 2 1/4 tsps baking powder
  • 3/4 tsps baking soda
  • 3/4 tsps salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Mix cocoa and boiling water until smooth and let cool to room temperature.
  • In a different bowl, mix eggs, 1/4 of the room temp cocoa mixture, and vanilla until combined.
  • Separately, mix flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl on low speed. Add butter and the rest of the cocoa mixture.
  • Once the dry ingredients are moistened, increase the speed to medium and mix for 1-2 minutes. Remember to scrape down the sides of the bowl periodically to insure the ingredients are properly combined.
  • Slowly add in egg mixture a bit at a time.
  • Pour batter into the greased cake pans, dividing the batter evenly. It's also helpful to put a sheet of parchment paper in the pans to prevent sticking.
  • Bake for 25-30 mins or until a toothpick inserted into the center is smooth when removed.
  • Allow to cool to room temperature on cooling racks before frosting.
Keyword cake, chocolate, chocolate cake, chocolate fudge cake, dessert