Fudge Cake

Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Cooling Time: 10 min
Yields: 12 to 14 servings


This is a perfect candidate for a chocolate-lover's birthday cake; simply frost and voilà! A moist and rich chocolate masterpiece.


  • CAKE
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 packets (1 oz. each) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® CHOCO BAKE® Pre-Melted Unsweetened Chocolate Flavor
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 packets (1 oz. each) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® CHOCO BAKE® Pre-Melted Unsweetened Chocolate Flavor
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons milk, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


oven to 350° F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Combine water, 1/2 cup sugar and Choco Bake in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Remove from heat.

BEAT remaining sugar, butter and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in chocolate mixture. Gradually add flour mixture alternately with milk. Pour into prepared pans.

BAKE for 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Invert onto wire racks to cool completely.

Choco Bake and butter in uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 30 seconds; stir. If necessary, microwave at additional 5- to 10-second intervals, stirring just until butter is melted.

TRANSFER mixture to small mixer bowl; cool to room temperature.

BEAT sugar, 4 tablespoons milk, vanilla extract and salt into chocolate mixture just until spreading consistency. Up to 2 tablespoons milk can be added for a creamier frosting. Makes about 2 cups.

Fudge Cake Frosting

by A. Amanda , Las Vegas, NV on Mar. 2010

I only made the frosting. It was so easy and very yummy!


by C. CRYSTAL , SAN BRUNO, CA on Jul. 2009

I just made this cake for the 4th of July. Everyone loved it!! The cake & frosting were soooo good. This recipe is a keeper!! & it will be made again. The frosting would even go good on other cakes!!

Chocolae Esctasy

by M. Michelle , Chicago, IL on Dec. 2008

This cake is truely UMMMMM UMMMMM good!!! If you are a chocolate lover, this cake will become your new best friends. Its so easy to make and melts in your mouth.

fudge cake

by D. Darlene , BENTLEYVILLE, PA on Mar. 2007

I loved the cake, but thought my icing was lacking. I would have loved a recipe for the frosting used in the photo.

the best cake ever

by J. Jennifer , Pearl City, HI on Feb. 2007

I made this cake for my best friends birthday and now every year shes going to have me make it rather then buying one!!!

Great Cake

by J. Jan , BLYTHEVILLE, AR on Feb. 2007

This is a great cake, since I made it from scratch, I cheated and used a ready-to-spread frosting.

Fudge Cake

by C. Connie , COTTAGE GROVE, MN on Jul. 2006

This cake was easy to make and I found the texture moist and dense. I tasted the batter before adding the flour mixture and decided it need more chocolate flavor. So I melted one more square of chocolate along with 1/4 cup more sugar and 3 TBSP water. This I blended into the batter and then continued on with the recipe. It turned out perfectly. This recipe I would rate as good with 2 squares of unsweetened chocolate, but it is excellent with 3 squares of chocolate.


by C. C , STOCKTON, CA on May. 2006

Needing a cake for my birthday, this one fits the bill. Yummy, chocolate and more chocolate. Now I just need the candles.


by m. melissa , SOUTH AMBOY, NJ on Apr. 2005

This cake was very easy to make, and was very good.

Perfect Chocolate Cake

by M. MARYANNE , FOLSOM, PA on Feb. 2005

I have been searching for the "perfect chocolate cake" and this is it! Finally! It's moist and rich and this will definitely be put in the "permanent recipe" file!!! Thanks!