Food

Chocolate Fudge Cake

My First Recipe Book

My parents had guests for dinner one night and so I thought to see if mom might need some help. Seems she had all the food prep under control. Then she asked me to make dessert because I could then put it up on my blog. But I’m onto her – it’s really so she wouldn’t have to make it herself! Moms can be sooo sneaky. But I love making dessert because I love eating them so I was quite happy to flip through my cookbook for a new idea. And I decided to make Chocolate Fudge Cake.

This dessert was easy enough to make (although other challenges did present itself). There’s a reason why we don’t share a kitchen – we both want to be Head Chef! Despite the long-ish post, this is actually a very quick and easy recipe (as long as you keep my mom out of your kitchen).

Ingredients

Fudge Cake:
150 g unsalted butter
3/4 cup caster sugar (I used natural molasses sugar at mom’s insistence – a little advice: Don’t.)
100 g dark chocolate, melted and cooled
2 eggs
1/2 cup plain flour
1 cup self-raising flour
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda (I used 3/4 for a double portion of this recipe)
1/2 cup milk

Chocolate Sauce:
50 g unsalted butter, chopped
125 g dark chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup cream
1 tsp natural vanilla extract

Method

  1. Melt and cool the dark chocolate. Leave aside.
  2. Place butter and sugar in a bowl. Mom insisted I use natural molasses sugar because it was healthier. Fine. Problem was, molasses sugar clumps together in hard lumps and I didn’t realize because I never used it before. Before I knew it, I had already started mixing the butter and sugar. That’s when mom goes, “Oh I normally press out the lumps before using it. Maybe you should’ve used normal sugar instead.” It was your idea! I had to use a spoon to squish the lumps against the side of the bowl as much as possible to salvage this cake. Which took a good 20 minutes.
    Butter and Natural Molasses Sugar

    I put the butter to defrost in the microwave – it melted a bit too much. Oops. Oh well.

  3. Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Then add the melted chocolate and beat well.

    Add Melted Chocolate
  4. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition.

    Add Eggs
  5. Fold the sifted plain and self-raising flours, cocoa powder and baking soda into the chocolate mixture. Add the milk and beat lightly until well mixed. It looks lumpy because I couldn’t smooth out all the clumps of molasses sugar.

    Cake Batter
  6. Line a baking tin with grease paper, pour in the batter and bake in a preheated oven of 180°C for 35 – 40 minutes (or until skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean).
  7. To make the sauce, melt the butter, dark chocolate and vanilla extract in a pan over low heat. When completed melted, add in the cream and stir well.

    Making Chocolate Sauce
  8. Serve the cake with the chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream on the side. I used a circle cutter to cut a round piece of cake.

    Chocolate Fudge Cake

As soon as the cake came out the oven, I couldn’t help but to cut myself a piece. I exclaimed in astonishment that it wasn’t sweet at all! My mom pipes up, “Oh that’s because molasses sugar is not as sweet!” But the whole point of dessert is that it’s sweet! So I had to add some normal sugar to the chocolate sauce to compensate. Apart from the whole sugar scenario, I also had to struggle desperately to hold onto my mixing bowl from the very beginning to prevent her from laying siege to it (she kept trying to take over!). All in all, it was a still delightful dessert and I can’t wait to eat more. But it was a very stressful situation, which I pray none of you will ever encounter.

They say that “Too many cooks, spoil the soup”. But what they forgot to tell you is that:

Mother and Daughter,
Should never cook together.

This is why we don’t share a kitchen. Of course, I’m sure she also has plenty other reasons.

30 Comments

  • Reply

    lequan

    January 9, 2011

    Lol! It’s always going to be a mother’s instinct to try to “help” her children. My daughter is only 4 and she’s already pushing me away and wanting to do things herself. So I guess that’s just the way the world works. Despite the lack of sugar, your cake looks really rich and yummy :-P

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      Sharon Moh

      January 9, 2011

      Your daughter is soooo adorable! After seeing that video of her cleaning, I wouldn’t be surprised ;) lol.

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    Nada

    January 9, 2011

    Looks great Sharon! Just what I needed when its 11:00 a.m, raining outside and I’m stuck at work :( hehe. That looks sooo yummy.

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      Sharon Moh

      January 9, 2011

      Thanks :)

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    Angie's Recipes

    January 9, 2011

    :-)) hehe…my mom doesn’t want to have me around in her kitchen while she cooks…according to her, I was there to distract her. ;-))
    The chocolate fudge cake looks sinfully decadent. Perfect to serve with a large scoop of ice.

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      Sharon Moh

      January 9, 2011

      Haha, I think my mom thinks that of me too. Although she thinks I get in the way because I’m slow. Which I am, compared to her zipping around the kitchen and doing things at lightning speed lol.

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    j3ss kitch3n

    January 9, 2011

    looks very sinfully! but delicious though! hehe lucky my mum doesn’t like baking haha!

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      Sharon Moh

      January 9, 2011

      Haha, I wonder what would happen if she did! ;)

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    Peh Sun

    January 9, 2011

    This is almost certainly one of the best! Surely the ice-cream is a bonus..

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      Sharon Moh

      January 9, 2011

      Oh definitely! :D

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    Kristi Rimkus

    January 9, 2011

    This is so cute! I can just picture the two of you in the kitchen! The cake looks fabulous, and you have one lucky mom. :)

    Kristi

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      Sharon Moh

      January 9, 2011

      It was quite an ordeal indeed lol. But I can’t help but love her for it :)

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    Cheah

    January 9, 2011

    Ha, ha, so funny. I can imagine the 2 of you in the kitchen, one doing the job and the other supervising. I experienced that when I was showing my girl how to make bread yesterday …. she likes shortcuts! But your cake looks tempting!

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      Sharon Moh

      January 9, 2011

      Oh I LOVE homemade bread! Did you drive her crazy too? ;) I hope you’ll show us how the bread turned out! You must!

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    Elin

    January 10, 2011

    Sharon….you are right..Mom and daughter should not be in the kitchen…my gal will say ” Mom….I know what I am doing..okay? shooooshooo ”

    You know I love to come here to read your post…keep writing, you are doing great both cooking and writing :) Keep up the good work. I wish I had your sense of humor or put it this way, I wish I write as young as you LOL! Happy New Year Sharon !

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      Sharon Moh

      January 10, 2011

      I can just imagine her saying that lol. I’m sure she’s pretty handy in the kitchen with a mom who cooks as well as you ;).

      And thanks! Sometimes it’s probably just because I like to talk too much haha. Happy New Year to you too!

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    Mary

    January 10, 2011

    LOL…there you go again with your ‘missiles’!! You need me in the kitchen and at the same time you also don’t want me in the kitchen…haha. Looks like it’s time to tell dad we need a BIG kitchen :D Of course you get the smaller corner and I have the bigger corner :P You are just adorable! Love the cake very much, especially the ice cream with the chocolate sauce.

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      Sharon Moh

      January 10, 2011

      Of course you have to say you like it because molasses sugar was your idea lol. I laughed so hard when I read ‘missiles’ because I’m the only one who understands your randomness. Other people reading that will have absolutely NO idea why there’s a sudden mention of war weaponry on a food post.

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    lena

    January 10, 2011

    sharon, this looks perfect to me and with the choc sauce, that will keep me drooling. Thanks for the tips on the molasses sugar becos i’ve not tried using them before or thanks to mary?? ha!otherwise i would probably have the same problem as you had! sure this cake finished up very quickly.

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      Sharon Moh

      January 11, 2011

      It sure did :), but I made sure to keep some of it to make into another dessert. Haven’t posted that yet, will have to get around to it. Credit definitely goes to my mom for the molasses sugar thing lol

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    Biren @ Roti n Rice

    January 10, 2011

    That’s funny, Sharon, to hear you describe your mom in the kitchen. :) Your chocolate fudge cake looks delicious even though you think it is not sweet enough. I would be quite happy with a cake that is less sweet.

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      Sharon Moh

      January 11, 2011

      I love her to bits really. And funny thing, if she stopped doing that, it would feel as if something’s wrong lol. You’re right though, sometimes cakes that are too sweet don’t make you feel so good after eating it.

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    Esther

    January 11, 2011

    It’s so sweet of you to offer your help. :) This is also the first time I ever saw natural molasses sugar. The chocolate fudge cake looks great! I like how you served it with ice cream. And I can totally relate to you on the kitchen situation. My mom does not like it when I’m in the kitchen with her when she’s cooking b/c I get in the way. And when we’re both in the kitchen, it’s a disaster. haha

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      Sharon Moh

      January 11, 2011

      Lol it’s good to know I’m not the only one who feels that way haha. Thanks for dropping by! You’re super talented at baking by the way, and definitely much better than me!

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        Esther

        January 15, 2011

        You’re welcome. :) Thanks for your comments, they made my day. Also, I think you’re really talented in cooking. You take great pictures and your food looks like it’s from a restaurant. Whenever I cook, it turns out into something else. Like once I tried making braised chicken or something and it became something like curry chicken, without the curry.

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          Sharon Moh

          January 16, 2011

          LOL curry chicken without the curry. I thought that was funny *grin*. I’ve had many mishaps in the kitchen myself. You’re too kind in your comments, I would never think my food looks like it’s from a restaurant haha. Now you’ve just made my day ;).

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    Ananda Rajashekar

    January 15, 2011

    oh my my that its looks divine!

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      Sharon Moh

      January 16, 2011

      Have to say, it was prettyyyy good :)

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    shaz

    January 17, 2011

    Oh that is a hilarious post! I think Mum’s can’t help themselves. When my mum walks into the kitchen (when she visits), her hands automatically lifts lids and stirs stuff, I have to keep sheperding her out of the kitchen. I am just as bad though, I do it to my husband who give me the the evil eye!

    The finished cake looks very decadent though, and surely the ice-cream helped ;)

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      Sharon Moh

      January 17, 2011

      Lol, your mom is adorable! You’ve got a kind husband who likes to help out – just make him do the dishes next time haha ;). But yes, the ice cream was definitely good :)

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