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Chocolate Mud Cake

Posted 25/11/2010 by CakeBaker

Chocolate Mud Cake

A regular on our facebook page, Debbie Rowland has kindly sent us her recipe for chocolate mud. Debbie says this cake recipe is so fabulous it would be a sin not to share it!

Once you’ve tried this cake, you’ll find yourself using it time and again with different variations. You can even adapt the recipe to make a giant cupcake. Very popular with our facebook fans!

“I do quite often substitute the coffee with peppermint extract for mint choc cake, or orange extract and zest for chocolate orange cake. LUSH!” Debbie enthuses.

Here’s how to make it:

Chocolate Mud Cake

Pre heat the oven to 160ºC (140ºC Fan Oven / 320 F / Gas Mark 3) and prepare a 9″ round cake tin or giant cupcake tin.


  • 220g (7oz) butter or margarine
  • 220g (7oz) good quality dark chocolate
  • 6tsps instant coffee
  • 160mls (5½fl oz) water
  • 125g (4½oz) self raising flour
  • 125g (4½oz) plain flour
  • 50g (2oz) good quality cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 480g (1lb 1oz) caster sugar
  • 4 free range eggs
  • 35ml (1fl oz) vegetable oil
  • 110ml (4fl oz) sour cream

Melt chocolate, butter, coffee and water in a pan on a low heat. Sift the dry ingredients together (flour, cocoa, bicarb) stir in sugar. In a separate bowl whisk eggs, oil and sour cream together. Pour the egg mix and chocolate mix into the dry ingredients and mix well.

Pour into cake tin and cook at 160ºC (140ºC Fan Oven / 320 F / Gas Mark 3) for about 1h 40mins (for a 9″ round) or about an hour for the giant cupcake, sometimes needs 5 minutes longer.

The cake works well with a Ganache or ‘Boozy’ Glaze.

Chocolate’s Hidden Benefits…

Did you know chocolate is purported to be an aphrodisiac and an anti depressant?! Apparently, because chocolate increases our serotonin and endorphin levels, it brings immediate comfort and lifts our mood. Chocolate also contains caffeine, which has a mild amphetamine effect.

While it’s never been proven, it is widely suggested that chocolate has aphrodisiac qualities. In 1624, Johan Franciscus Rauch, an Austrian professor, tried to ban chocolate from monasteries and urged monks not to drink chocolate as he said it ‘inflamed passions’.

More Chocolate Recipes

If you’re a true chocolate lover, you’ll be in heaven when you sample more of our fabulous chocolate-filled recipes, including Chocolate Loaf Cake, Chocolate Truffle Cupcakes and Double Chocolate Brownies.

7 Responses to “Chocolate Mud Cake”

  1. madeitwithlove says:

    hi, would it be possible please to have this recipe for a 12″cake consisting of two layers 4″ deep. Many thanks.

  2. nt says:

    do you have a recipe for a rich dark topping like chocolate fudge, instead of buttercream or ganache,

  3. I Lurve Cake says:

    Hi, Has anyone tried this recipe in the red silicone giant cupcake mould from Hobbycraft? If so could anyone tell me if this amount is enough to fill the mould and how long it took to cook and also whether you cooked the top separate to the bottom please? Thanks

  4. Jaqui says:

    I have made this cake as a 10″ and 7″ and have to say its amazing!! It is really moist,I made the 10″ as a top tier for an engagement cake and covered it with chocolate ganache and fondant the 7″ I used chocolate fudge buttercream.Thank you for this recipe I will always be using this its so perfect.Thank you Cakebaker for this lovely site I have found lots of advice, lovely recipes and inspiratation… it is very much appreciated from a novice homebaker!

  5. abdul says:

    Is it supposed to be in the oven for 1hr or 1hr 40 mins.

  6. Rita says:

    Hi I’m a first time user to your website which is brilliant. Could you just let me know if I can use the chocolate mud cake recipe and then cover it with fondant – wanted to make a ski slope baking a 10″ square then cutting it into triangles and then standing them up please let me know.

    Thanks Rita

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