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Nigella's Chocolate Fudge Cake


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Serves 10 | Prep Time | Cook Time 50

Ingredients

Cake:
2 2/3 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sour cream (no wonder its so moist)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (finally! someone who's not afraid to use some vanilla!)
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/2 cup corn oil
1 1/3 cup chilled water

Fudge Icing:
6 oz bittersweet chocolate (if you can find it, use a minimum 70% cocoa...I could only find 62%)
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 3/4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

My addition:
2 pints of strawberries, sliced in half


Preheat your oven to 350'. Butter and line the bottom (with parchment paper) of 2 8" cake pans.


You're gonna need a few bowls


In one large bowl, combine the flour, sugars, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside


In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, sour cream and vanilla.


In another bowl....with a hand mixer (or stand mixer) beat together the melted butter and corn oil until just blended then beat in the water


Add all the dry ingredients all at once and mix together on a low setting, add the egg mixture, and mix some more until its all blended together.


Pour your batter into the prepared cake pans


Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the toothpick tester comes out clean.


Cool the cakes in their pans, on a cooling rack for 15 minutes before removing


Allow the cakes to cool completely before even thinking about icing them.


For the Icing:


Melt the chocolate, either using a double boiler (or bowl over a small sauce pan) or in the microwave...which ever works best for you.


In a separate bowl, cream the butter until its....well....creamy. Add the powdered sugar and beat some more...and now it's fluffy, right? Add the vanilla and chocolate and mix together until it's all nice and smooth and oooooh so sinful looking


Spread some icing on the bottom layer part of the cake....and top it with some strawberries


Add the second layer and ice away.


If you have some chocolate leftover then shave some off using a potato peeler, and sprinkle on top


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Notes

Earlier this month is was my oldest daughters 20th birthday. I asked her what kind of cake she wanted and she requested a Chocolate Fudge Cake.

This is a Nigella Lawson recipe. The only thing I did differently was to add strawberries in the middle of the layers.

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