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chocolate cake on blue plate

Quick Chocolate Fudge Cake

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 Minutes approx
  • Total Time: 45 Minutes
  • Yield: 1 9" cake (single layer) 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


This simple and quick rich and moist chocolate fudge cake with an amazing ganache takes just one bowl and no mixer required!



1 c all purpose flour
1/4 c plus 2T cocoa (Not Dutch processed)
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t table salt
1 1/4 c light brown sugar
1/2 c warm melted butter (In microwave put in glass measuring cup or bowl and heat on power level 7 for about 1 minute to melt)
2 large eggs
1 t vanilla
1/2 c hot water or coffee

Chocolate Ganache Frosting
6 oz bitter or semisweet chocolate chopped fine
3/4 c heavy cream
A drop of vanilla


Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9″ cake pan or line with parchment.

Combine flour, cocoa, soda, and salt in large mixing cup. Mix well with fork to evenly distribute ingredients.

In large bowl combine melted butter and sugar. Blend well with wooden spoon and add eggs and vanilla. Stir well again.

Add dry ingredients and mix well.

Now stir in hot water or coffee and beat well one more time. Using a spatula spread the somewhat thick batter into your cake pan.

Bake for about 25 minutes. Do not over bake. Cake should be just starting to pull away from sides of pan. Let cool on wire rack. Then turn out onto serving plate. Frost.

To Make Frosting:

Pour cream into glass measuring cup and heat in microwave until just boiling. This took me about 1 minute 10 seconds. (I let my cream come to room temperature while I was preparing the cake.)

Add chocolate and whisk well until chocolate is melted. Stir in vanilla. Pour over cake and spread well. This is the fun part!


Thanks Alice Medrich!

This cake will keep a few days at room temperature when wrapped tightly. It will start to dry out after that.