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Ellen Wells's Fudge Cake

Ellen Wells’s Fudge Cake
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Yield: Makes 8 to 10 slices.

This fudge cake made with brown sugar is another winner.


  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
  • 1 pound brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 squares (1 ounce each) bitter chocolate, melted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups cake flour or 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Chock Full of Chocolate Frosting (recipe below)


Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs; beat well. Stir in melted chocolate. Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with milk and vanilla mixture, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Pour batter into 2 greased and floured 9-inch pans. Bake at 350 degrees F. for about 40 minutes, until cake tests done. When cake is cool, frost with icing.

Chock Full of Chocolate Frosting


  • 3 squares (1 ounce each) unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


If this doesn't set chocolate lovers' teeth to aching, we don't know what will.
Combine the chocolate, cream, corn syrup, and sugar in a small heavy saucepan. Over low flame, heat, stirring, until the chocolate is melted and the sugar is dissolved. Raise heat to medium and, stirring only enough to prevent sticking, cook until the mixture reaches 224 degrees F to 226 degrees F on a candy thermometer or forms a soft ball when dropped into water. Then, using a small wire whisk, beat the hot mixture into the egg. Cool to room temperature and stir in the vanilla.
Makes ample for a double-layer 9-inch cake.
Updated Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007
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