mud cake

Rich chocolate mud cake recipe. A staple every baker should have in their recipe book.

Rich chocolate mud cake, a rich and decadent cake that is almost to delicious to believe. A chocolate mud cake can be used for many things so its useful for a home baker to have a good recipe under their belt. I find that when making an occasion cake chocolate mud cake with chocolate ganache is a firm winner for the best combination for fondant. Rich chocolate mud cake is a very dense firm cake so it can really withstand stacking or lots of fondant.

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Rich chocolate mud cake is quite a versatile cake. You can actually tweak the recipe and make dark chocolate mud cake, white chocolate or milk, its totally up to you. Caramel mud cake is also a good option but that’s one for another day. I have made this recipe so many times I could make it in my sleep, it’s one of those recipes that never lets me down. This recipe and my madeira cake recipe are my go to recipes for any cakes that need fondant.

If you make any sort of occasion cake, especially tiered cakes or cakes that have a lot of fondant I highly recommend this mud cake recipe. If you need white fondant over the top switch the dark chocolate for white and use a ratio of 3 parts chocolate to 1 part cream for the ganache and you have a lovely white cake to top with fondant.

Here we have the basic chocolate mud cake recipe. Chocolate mud cake works well with a lot of different frosting options, the most popular being a chocolate buttercream or a chocolate ganache. Fresh whipped cream also works to bring a freshness to the cake.

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Cocolate Mud Cake

Rich chocolate mud cake, a staple for every baker. 
Course: Dessert
Keyword: chocolate, mudcake


  • 250 g unsalted butter
  • 200 g dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee
  • 100 ml whole milk
  • 250 g self-raising flour
  • 40 g cocoa powder
  • 250 g caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150 ml soured cream


  • Preheat the oven to 160°C. Line a deep, 23cm round cake tin with baking paper and spray with non stick cooking spray.
  • Melt the chocolate, butter, instant coffee and milk in a heatproof bowl in the microwave. Put the microwave on half power and heat in 30 second bursts until the mixtures melted and is smooth. Leave to one side.
  • Sift the flour and cocoa powder into a bowl, then add the caster sugar and fold into the chocolate mixture.
  • Lightly whisk together the eggs, vanilla extract and soured cream, add this to the chocolate mixture and stir well to combine.
  • Transfer the mixture into the cake tin and bake in the oven for 1 hour. The cake is ready when a skewer inserted into the centre comes out with some moist crumbs sticking to it but not any raw cake batter.
  • Set aside to cool completely in the tin before icing.
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And there you have it my rich chocolate mud cake recipe. Don’t forget to show me your bakes by tagging @whatseatingmanchester in your social media post.

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Sarah xx