Chocolate Fudge Cake with Fudge Frosting

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

THIS cake is a real winner. I have made it many, many times. Most recently, I made it as a birthday cake. But not just any birthday cake, mind you. Jaxon's stuffed pig, Piggy, was turning 3 and Jaxon wanted us to have a party for him.

While he set to work making party hats for the guests, I set to work on this cake. ;-) Since it's a doctored cake, it's easy to prepare. And since it's a fudge cake, it's a fan favorite.

Chocolate Fudge Cake with Fudge Frosting


1 package plain yellow cake mix 
1 1/3 cups water 
1 cup chocolate syrup 
1, 3.9 oz package chocolate instant pudding mix 
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 
1/3 cup vegetable oil 
3 large eggs 

  1. Place a rack in the center of the oven, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray two 9-inch round cake pans with vegetable oil spray and dust with cocoa. Shake out the excess cocoa and set aside the pans. 
  2. Place the cake mix, water, chocolate syrup, pudding mix, cocoa powder, oil, and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Blend on low speed with an electric mixer for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until the ingredients are incorporated, then stop the machine and scrape down the sides. Blend again on medium speed for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, or until the batter is smooth and thickened. 
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pans, dividing it equally. Place the pans in the oven side by side. 
  4. Bake until the center springs back when lightly pressed with your finger, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove the layers from the oven, and place them on a wire rack to cool 15 minutes. 
  5. Run a sharp knife around the edges of the layers, and invert them once onto a rack, then again onto another rack so that the layers cool right side up for 15 more minutes. The cakes may sink a bit in the middle, that is due to the brownie-like texture of the cake.
  6. While the cakes are cooling, prepare the frosting (recipe follows). 

1 stick butter, softened 
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 
1/2 cup chocolate syrup 
4 cups confectioners sugar 
1/8 - 1/4 cup milk 
1 tsp vanilla
Dash of salt 

  1. Place the butter, cocoa powder, and chocolate syrup in a large mixing bowl. Blend on low speed until just combined. 
  2. Add the confectioners sugar, 2 tablespoons of milk, vanilla, and salt, and blend on low speed until the sugar is combined, then increase the mixer to medium-high speed and blend 1 minute longer. Add more milk - 2 tablespoons at a time until smooth and spreadable. 
  3. Apply frosting to cooled cake.
Get ready to PAR-TAY!

If you're a fan of "doctored" cake mix cakes, make sure to check out these other Harris Sisters' recipes:


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