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Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Fudge Icing

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Some things endure the test of time. Like friendships, a good Chocolate Cake with Fudge Icing recipe, will be there for you when you need something truly dependable. But first, let me tell you a story about good friends. She asked me if we were in the right classroom for English 101. We were both college freshmen then. It was the first week of classes. I asked her if we were classmates. We have been best friends since.

It is your friends in college who know you to the core. For most of us, it is the time we grow up away from the scrutiny of our parents. As fun as it sounds, it is a daunting, life altering phase. My college years were the best, though. I made lots of friends. A lot of them became my friends for life.

Her full name was Victoria, but we called her Veng. She was the one who asked “Is this the right classroom?”  We had similar class schedules, so we hanged a lot. Together with Lily, Tepton, Irene, we forged an alliance that went beyond papers due or finals. We shared secrets, sentiments, sorrows. We divulged hopes and dreams. After graduation, our paths diverged, yet we always came together. We were at one another’s weddings, births and christenings of our children, milestones and later even tragedies.

When I moved to the States, they were the friends I missed the most. Over time, I had the chance to travel back to the Philippines for “balikbayan” ( return to the country) visits. It was like I never left. Our reunions were filled with laughter, food and chatter. And always, there was the promise of seeing each other again soon.

As enduring as my friends is this luscious chocolate cake which has been an old recipe in my notebook. It came from the back of the Hershey’s cocoa box but it sure is a dependable, no-fail procedure. Even the easy to do fudge icing, is gooey, deathly addictive and oh so finger-licking, knock-your-socks-off amazing! Like a good, old best friend, this is the cake to bake when you need a tried and true recipe you can count on.





Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Fudge Icing

Happy Birthday to my son, Constante, to my best friend from college, Veng, my 2 brothers-in-law, Nandy and Lito, our cousin, Erwin, my diva friend, Joanne and to an assortment of  loved ones  celebrating birthdays. February is filled with many birthdays in our circle. I bake a lot of birthday cakes at this time. One of the all-time favorites is this Chocolate Cake with a Chocolate Fudge Icing. To make it even more special, I made ‘strawberries in syrup’ and poured some on each slice served. It was fun to watch the bright red, glistening strawberries trickle down the moist chocolate slices. This recipe was redone from an old blog post and adapted from a recipe of Hershey’s Cocoa “Perfectly Chocolate” cake. The round one-layer cake serves 6 to 8.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Resting time2 hours
Total Time3 hours 5 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine: American, Asian, Filipino
Keyword: Chocolate Cake Fudge Icing
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 1079kcal
Author: Asian in America - Elizabeth Ann Quirino


  • Round cake tube pan: 9 inches in diameter
  • Cake stand mixer


  • 2 cups strawberries washed, hulled fresh, ripe
  • 1 cup granulated sugar for strawberries granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup water for syrup
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour sifted
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder for cake
  • 11/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 11/2 teas[ppms baking soda
  • 2 cups granulated sugar for cake
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 whole large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons rum
  • 1 cup boiling water for cake
  • 1/2 cup melted, unsalted butter or margarine for frosting
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder for frosting
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioner's sugar for frosting


  • How to make the strawberries in syrup: Hull berries by removing the green stem or calyx from its top. Wash them well. Then combine the strawberries, water and sugar in a medium stock pot. Over medium high heat, let the mixture boil. This will take about 5 to 6 minutes to come to a boiling point. When it boils, stir the mix and turn off the heat. Set aside. Or when it has cooled down, refrigerate in a covered container till cake is ready to be served.
  • How to bake the chocolate cake: Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees. Grease a 9-inch round tube cake pan.
  • In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients: all purpose flour, baking powder and soda, salt. Sift by using a wire whisk. Mix the dry ingredients around the bowl for a few times.
  • Using an electric mixer, combine the dry ingredients together with the eggs, granulated sugar, sour cream, oil and rum. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. The cake batter will be thin.
  • Add the boiling water and blend ingredients well.
  • Pour the batter into the pre-greased pan. Bake at 45 minutes in a preheated 350 F degrees oven. Test if done by sticking a clean knife in the center. If the knife comes out clean, cake is done.
  • Cool the cake on the counter for 30 minutes to an hour. Then, loosen the sides with a knife. Invert the cake on a rack to cool thoroughly before adding the frosting on top. Wait 4 to 5 hours before icing the cake. Meanwhile, prepare the chocolate frosting.
  • How to make the chocolate icing:
  • 1. Melt the butter. 2. Mix in the cocoa powder. 3. Using an electric mixer, slowly add the powdered sugar and sour cream alternately. Begin and end with the sugar. 4. In between mixing the sugar, add the vanilla extract. 5. Chill the frosting in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours before decorating the cake. This will make about 2 and 1/2 cups of chocolate frosting.
  • How to frost the chocolate cake: Place the round cake (now thoroughly cooled) on a cake stand. Using a cake spatula, spread the frosting on top and the sides of the cake evenly. For a decorative effect, use the back of a tablespoon and indent little scoops all over.
  • Serve chocolate cake slices with a few spoonfuls of strawberries in syrup on top.

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    Serving: 1g | Calories: 1079kcal | Carbohydrates: 206g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 692mg | Potassium: 864mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 163g | Vitamin A: 318IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 254mg | Iron: 5mg

    Nutrition Notes: The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking or baking methods and brands of ingredients used.

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    1. Knowing you through blogging, you’re already very kind and generous person. I can see you have a very good strong friendship with friends in the Philippines! The chocolate cake looks delicious. I haven’t had a good chocolate cake for a while… Wish I had a slice!

      1. Thanks for the kind comments, Nami. One of my favorite things to do is to greet everyone in my circle, both family and friends a ‘Happy Birthday’. And whenever I can, I try to bake them something like this cake and personally deliver it (that is if I live close enough). Wish you were close by, I’d bring you a cake right now 🙂

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