Calling all chocolate lovers! If you’re like us, you know nothing beats a slice of fudgy chocolate cake to satisfy a sweet tooth. And while we’re big fans of shortcut mixes in the Woman’s World test kitchen, sometimes we just want to indulge in a decadent from-scratch treat. That’s why we gathered our best-ever chocolate fudge cake recipe, along with delicious variations that are super-easy to put together. And best of all, knowing that your chocolaty baked good is home-made somehow makes it taste even richer!
Our best chocolate fudge cake recipe
We make a lot of cakes in the Woman’s World kitchens, and whenever we’re looking for something super chocolaty and fudgy, this is the basic recipe our test kitchen director, Susan Chiusano, returns to again and again:
From-Scratch Chocolate Fudge Cake
- 2½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1¾ cups sugar
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1½ tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ¾ tsp. salt
- ⅔ cup oil
- ¼ cup buttermilk
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1½ cups hot water (120°F–130°F)
- Heat oven to 350°F. Coat 2 (9”) cake pans with cooking spray. In bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Stir in oil, buttermilk and vanilla. Whisk in hot water. Divide batter between pans. Bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 25 min. Cool 10 min.; transfer from pans to rack. Cool completely. Frost as desired.
Easy upgrade ideas
“Once you have a basic chocolate fudge cake recipe, it’s easy to customize and make it your own,” says Susan. “For extra richness, once you have your batter mixed, stir in ½ cup chopped dark chocolate.”
She also says that zingy orange perfectly complements dark chocolate so you can even stir in a teaspoon or two of grated orange zest. Some of her other favorite additions: ½ cup chopped toasted nuts, 2 Tbs. chopped coconut or a teaspoon of ground cinnamon. And for a delicious topping, click through to learn how to make the easiest-ever dulce de leche.
And here’s a real insider trick: Susan notes that while cooking spray will work to coat the pans in the basic recipe, once you start adding things like chocolate chips, it’s best to use baking spray with flour to prevent sticking.
7 chocolate fudge cake recipes you’ll love
Ready to whip up a from-scratch chocolate fudge cake recipe? Keep scrolling to find a few decadently easy confections from the Woman’s World test kitchen.
1. Raspberry Chocolate Bundt Cake
Dark brown sugar and buttermilk stirred into the batter ensure this beauty is extra-irresistible.
2. Berry Chocolate Bliss Cake
Avocados and dates are the secret to the deliciously fudgy frosting on our dairy-free delight.
3. Raspberries ‘n’ Cream Chocolate Cake
Our from-scratch fudgy frosting is so rich and decadent, no one will guess it comes together in a snap.
4. Chocolate Caramel Bundt Cake
We drizzled our sweet treat with easy-prep ganache and caramel for a simple yet elegant finish.
5. Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Cake
Rich Nutella flavors this decadent delight that’s topped with sweet raspberry jam, fluffy meringue and a drizzle of dark chocolate.
6. Fudgy Chocolate Cake
This flourless showstopper, drizzled with a 2-ingredient ganache, is sure to delight from first sight to last bite.
7. Double Chocolate Orange Bundt
Thanks to a hint of citrus peel stirred into the batter, this stunner bakes up extra moist and flavorful.
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