Back in the day, before I was even a twinkle in my parents' eyes, my mom used to make this cake for Sunday dessert every single week. It was my dad's favorite.
As a result, most of my siblings hate it.
I wasn't part of that Sunday tradition, but growing up I was indifferent to fudge cake on the (much more) rare occasion that my mom made it, simply because I don't like chocolate cake. Simple as that.
Until one Sunday at my parents' house, when my husband helped himself to a piece and I found myself drooling over it. So I took a bite. And my life was changed forever.
I had the opportunity to make it myself for my dad's 70th birthday party last month. Which meant I got to take the leftovers home with me.
And all was good in The Brown Eyed Girl's world.
Fudge cake. It's simple and delicious. And I'm sharing it with you.
FOR THE CAKE:
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 sticks butter (1 cup)
1 cup water
4 Tbs cocoa
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
FOR THE FROSTING:
1 stick butter
4 tsp cocoa
5 Tbs milk
1 box powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Mix the first four ingredients in a large bowl. Bring the butter, water, and cocoa to a boil in a saucepan. Pour into the flour mixture. Add the milk, eggs, and vanilla, mix well, and pour into a greased and floured 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 400 degrees for thirty minutes.
For the frosting, bring the butter, cocoa, and milk to a boil; pour in the sugar, then add the vanilla and nuts. Stir until mixed well. Frost while cake is still slightly warm.
And don't make the mistake I made of only putting 5 teaspoons of milk in the frosting, instead of 5 tablespoons. Oops.
The Brown-Eyed Girl