Monday, 1 April 2013

Chocolate Fudge Cake with Chocolate Coffee Buttercream


Happy 10th birthday to my son Joey Santiago Rodda.  I wouldn't want to be any where else other than eating Chocolate Fudge Cake with you, your brother and your Dad today.

Chocolate Fudge Cake with Chocolate Coffee Buttercream
from Katie Quinn-Davies' What Katie Ate

For the Cake:
6 eggs
220g caster sugar
200g dark chocolate melted, plus an extra 150g for the chocolate shards to decorate
75g plain flour flour
4 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted

For the Chocolate Coffee Buttercream:
300g unsalted butter, softened
155g icing sugar, sifted
170g dark chocolate, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 heaping teaspoon instant coffee granules dissolved in 1 tablespoon boiling water

Make the Cake:
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and line the base and sides of two 20cm springform pans.

Using an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whisk the eggs for about 5 minutes on medium speed until pale and frothy. Add the caster sugar and continue to whisk until thick.

Using a large metal spoon, gently fold in the flour and sifted cocoa powder, followed by the melted chocolate. Mix gently until everything is combined.

Pour the batter evenly into the prepared pans and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

Leave to cool in the pans for about 10 minutes then remove from tins and trasfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Make the Chocolate Coffee Buttercream:
Beat the butter and icing sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until smooth and creamy.

In a small bowl, mix the coffee and vanilla with the melted chocolate.

Add this to the butter and sugar mixture, beating until glossy and smooth.

Assemble the Cake:
Put one cake on a cake stand and, using a spatula, spread a dollop of the buttercream on top of it and out  towards the edges. Place the second cake on top and ice the top and sides of the cake. Using a sharp knife, carefully scrape shavings from the remaining chocolate and scatter all over the cake.

Serve with softly whipped cream.


  1. This cake looks gorgeous and I bet it tastes gorgeous too!
    Happy birthday little dude!

  2. What a handsome son you have! The cakes not too shabby either! Bet it was REALLY good.

  3. First, the cake is gorgeous and looks like everyone's dream for their birthday! Second, your son is so darling! Happy birthday to him!

  4. YOU DID IT AGAIN! This is beautiful and just looks almost too good to eat. ALMOST!

  5. Thanks from Joey and I Sam. It was pretty gorgeous, even if I do say so myself.

  6. Thanks so much Patty. He's a beautiful boy, inside and out. (So was that cake for that matter.)

  7. Thanks Little Kitchie. It's a real celebration cake that's for sure. Joey says thanks for the birthday wishes. x

  8. Thanks Jessica. ALMOST. My family never think cake is too good to eat - they know there's more where that came from.

  9. Happy birthday to your son Jen :) With this excellent chocolate, I'm sure that this cake was amazing!!

  10. Happy Belated Birthday to your son! What a beautiful cake (I've been eyeing that one too) and what a great smile on this face..

  11. Thanks so much Maria. Oh, this cake - To-Die-For, you'll love it if/when you make it. I love Katies book and her photos are ravishing.

  12. Awww thanks Gabrielle. That chocolate makes everything it goes in, and on, amazing.