Dairy Farmers of Canada

Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake

This festive cake will be the crowning glory of any party where chocolate lovers are present.

  • Prep: 45 min
  • Cooking: 30 min
  • Refrigeration: 1 h
Yields 16 Servings
chocolate fudge layer cake


  • Batter
  • 2 cups (500 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (250 mL) cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp (6 mL) baking soda
  • 3/4 cup (180 mL) Butter at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup (160 mL) sugar
  • 3/4 cup (180 mL) brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) Milk
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) white vinegar
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla extract
  • Frosting
  • 1 cup (250 mL) unsalted Butter softened
  • 1 3/4 cups (430 mL) icing sugar sifted
  • 6 oz (180 g) unsweetened chocolate chopped, melted
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) vanilla extract
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Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Line the bottoms of two 9-inch (23 cm) round cake pans with parchment paper. Butter  paper and sides of pans. Dust with flour. Turn pans over and tap to remove excess flour.

Sift together flour, cocoa and baking soda. Set aside.

Cream butter and sugars at medium speed until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl.

In another bowl, combine milk, vinegar and vanilla.

Fold in one third of the flour mixture. Add half the milk and combine gently. Repeat, then finish with the remaining flour. Divide the batter equally between the prepared pans.

Bake until a paring knife inserted in the centre comes out clean, about 30 minutes.

Transfer pans to wire racks and cool 10 minutes. Remove cake from pans, peel off parchment paper and place directly on racks to cool completely. Slice each cake horizontally into 2 equal layers.

Prepare frosting:  Beat butter and icing sugar at medium speed until mixture is smooth. Add cooled melted chocolate and vanilla and continue beating until shiny and smooth.

Using a metal offset spatula, assemble and ice the cake. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.


This classic American cake will keep in the refrigerator for a week. Serve at room temperature to bring out the full flavour.

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 448 Calories
Protein: 5 g
Carbohydrate: 50 g
Fat: 3.6 g
Fibre: 3.6 g
Sodium: 107 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 5 % / 60 mg
Iron: 21 %
Magnesium: 24 %
Selenium: 20 %
Vitamin A: 19 %