Celebration chocolate cake with fudge frosting

I’ve learned lately that chocolate cakes are very subjective. There are so many variances to a cake – it’s definitely not one cake to suit all. But I’m hoping this is one chocolate cake that will suit you!

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Do you like a rich moist cake, or a dense, stick to the top of your mouth one? Or something in between? Is flavour the most important thing to you, or is texture? There are soooo many chocolate cake recipes out there, and so many types of chocolate cakes. And it’s fair to say I’ve made my fair share of them. Ok, eaten a fair share too! 🤣

And in developing this recipe for you, I made A LOT of chocolate cakes. All the baking I usually do became chocolate cake, day in day out, as I tweaked elements to get you the perfect chocolate cake. My family had to endure a LOT of chocolate cakes, before we got to this, my favourite of all.

This cake will deliver on taste, look and texture. It’s a delicious, high chocolate cake that will impress all your family and guests, alongside feeding them all.

I call it a Celebration Chocolate Cake because the recipe does make a large cake. It rises beautifully, to create a really high cake. It’s perfect for a birthday, or if you’ve got a crowd coming that you need to feed. It’d also be perfect to slice in half, and fill with your favourite filling. It would be a huge tower if you did this.

The other bonus with this cake, is that it’s pretty simple to make.

I’m no cake decorator, so I simply lather it in my special fudge frosting (the other secret ‘sauce’ to this cake being a winner). Simple, easy, delicious!

Course afternoon tea, baking, celebration, Dessert, party food
Cuisine American, english


  • 250 gms butter (soft)
  • 1 ½ cups caster sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 100 grams dark chocolate
  • cups plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 3/4 cup sour cream (at room temperature)


  • Preheat oven to 160°C (320°F)
  • Grease a deep 25cm (10") round cake pan, line base with baking paper.
  • Beat butter and caster sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  • Melt chocolate in a heat proof bowl, over a small pot of simmering water.
  • Stir in half the sifted flour, baking powder and cocoa, along with half the sour cream.
  • Stir in remaining dry ingredients and sour cream, along with the melted chocolate. Mix gently until smooth.
  • Pour into your prepared cake tin, and bake for 1 hour 20 minutes (or until cooked when tested with a skewer).
  • Stand cake for 10 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool. Ice when cold with chocolate fudge frosting.
Keyword celebration chocolate cake, fudge icing

Now that I’ve perfected the recipe, there are times I crave this simple, delicious cake. I simply halve the recipe, and bake it in a small cake tin (6″) when it’s just for us.

I’ve also made the full recipe, but baked it in two 6″ tins, so that I have one to eat, and one to freeze. Yes, it freezes well! (Simply take it out and let it defrost at room temperature.)

I hope you enjoy making, eating and sharing this simple, delicious, chocolate cake.

If you’ve got a penchant for something chocolate, but don’t want to actually cook, try this no-bake Chocolate Fudge Slice instead.

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PS. Pin this before you head away, so you can find it later.

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