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What's for Dessert - Decadent Fudge Cake

Posted by Sugar and Spice

Decadent Two-Layer Fudge Cake

This is a rich, delicious cake reminiscent of both fudge and brownies. It has two layers of decadent chocolate flavor, and goes great with an after-dinner cup of coffee.  In fact, it even has a little dash of coffee flavor in it!


For the Cake
2 cups of flour
2 cups of sugar
6 tablespoons (rounded) or cocoa powder
2 teaspoons of instant coffee (granules, not mixed with water)
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup of unsalted butter
1/2 cup of oil (vegetable or canola will work fine)
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of buttermilk
2 eggs
2 teaspoons of vanilla

For the Frosting
6 tablespoons of cocoa powder (rounded, unsweetened)
2 teaspoons of instant coffee (granules, not mixed with water)
16 ounces of powdered sugar
1/2 cup of unsalted butter
6 tablespoons of evaporated milk (plus a little more)
2 teaspoons of vanilla
Optional: 1 cup of pecan pieces


For the Cake
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together the flour, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl.
In a saucepan, add the butter and let it melt.
Next, add the water, oil, cocoa powder, and instant coffee to the butter.

Heat the mixture until it just begins to boil.
Pour the wet mixture over the dry mixture and combine well.
Add the baking soda to the buttermilk, and stir this into the chocolate mixture.
Beat the eggs with the vanilla, and add this to the chocolate mixture as well.

Pour the mixture into a greased sheet cake pan (9 x 13) and bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
Follow the directions for the frosting so that you can frost the cake immediately after it comes out of the oven.

For the Frosting
You will want to time it so that you finish the frosting just as your cake is coming out of the oven.
Place all of the frosting ingredients into a skillet.

Heat the ingredients over low heat until the butter begins to melt.
Take the mixture off the heat, stir, and pour over the hot cake directly out of the oven.
If desired, add the chopped nuts over the top.

Enjoy this delicious cake, with rich chocolate flavor.  It takes a bit of work, but the result is a super-moist and decadent dessert!  Serve with ice cream, whipped cream, or both!

Thank you to The Show Boat Cookbook for this wonderful recipe.
Enjoy~ Grely-Sugar and Spice

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