Chocolate Mud Cake with Chocolate Ganache Icing

By Chelsea's team of cooks, added 24 June 2011

Difficulty Medium RecipePrep time15 minutes RecipeCooking Time 1 hour

  • Chocolate Mud Cake with Chocolate Ganache Icing

Deliciously decadent, definitely THE cake for chocolate lovers, this cake is always a sure crowd pleaser. One piece is never enough.

Recipe Rating: 5

Ingredients

1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 cup milk
½ cup oil
250g dark chocolate, broken up or roughly chopped
1 cup hot strong coffee, can be strong instant
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup Chelsea LoGiCane™ Low GI Sugar
½ cup cocoa
2 eggs

Chocolate Ganache Icing:
400g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
1 cup cream

Method

Preheat oven to 180°C. Line the base of a 22 - 23 cm spring-form tin with non-stick baking paper and spray with non-stick baking spray.
Mix the lemon juice with the milk and set aside for it to sour the milk.
Place oil, chocolate and hot coffee in a microwave bowl or small saucepan and heat gently, stirring often, until chocolate is melted and the mixture smooth. Cool.

In a large bowl, mix the flour baking soda, baking powder, sugar and cocoa.
Mix the eggs and soured milk into the cooled chocolate mixture, combine thoroughly, and then whisk into the dry ingredients.

Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 1 hour. When tested, fudgy crumbs will still adhere to a skewer. This is the desirable sticky mud cake consistency. Cool for 15 minutes in the tin, then turn out and cool further on a wire rack. When cold, cut the cake in half using a serrated knife, ice the centre and top with thick chocolate Ganache icing.

Chocolate Ganache
Place both chocolate and cream in a saucepan and stir over medium heat until chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Cool then refrigerate for 30 - 40 minutes until the mixture is a thick spreading consistency. Chill the frosted cake and serve with softly whipped cream or thick yoghurt.

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Overall rating

Recipe Rating: 5

5 ratings, 1999 people added this to their Favourite Recipes.

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  • 5

    Family loves this cake. Not hard to make. A good size cake. Ideal for older childrens birthdays. I have made it several times.

  • 5

    loved it

  • 5

    "Great" doesn't do this cake justice!!! It is perfect!!!!!!!!!!!! The biggest hit with everyone I know, and I have requests for it!!!!! AWESOME cake, and a MUST TRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 5

    I make wedding/birthday/celebration cakes and this is my go to choc cake recipe. It keeps well, stays wonderfully moist, easy to carve and stacks up well for tiered cakes. Def recommend his one.

  • 5

    I have a cookbook with this recipe in it and I don't use any other chocolate cake recipe anymore. Everybody ALWAYS loves it to bits :-)

  • 3

    I just made this cake, followed instructions exactly, but it's come out bit dry on sides and slightly crusty and burnt on top. I wonder if temp was too high? hope tastes ok!

  • 5

  • 5

    made it last night and its just devine.

  • 5

    Decadently delicious!

  • 5

    This was beautiful, needed the icing or ganache to top it off but it was moist, easy to make, just wonderful!!

  • 4

    Great cake. Easy to make and very rich :) Tasted like a cake you would get at a cafe

  • 5

    Yummy cake! Not too hard to make either!

  • 3

    Uses a LOT of chocolate. A bit too dark for some people's tastes. Baking soda was a bit too strong. Got better with age.

  • 5

    I can't wait to see how this turns out... I adjusted it slightly, adding condensed milk and white chocolate to the mix.... Not sure if that's a good idea or not....smells and looks greatso far!!

  • 5

    DELICIOUS !!

  • 5

    This Cake is lovely moist and full of chocolate flavour.

  • 5

    AMAZING!! I know this recipe by heart and I adore it. This is the cake people request I make for parties etc, I don't know what id do without it!

  • 5

    Best mud cake I've ever tried! Although it uses oil but it's sturdy enough and the taste is divine! I used chocolate IMBC instead, thank you!!

  • 5

    Brilliant, friends loved it, now number one

  • 5