Donna Hay: Basics To Brilliance

Donna Hay's gooey and decadent chocolate fudge cake is super easy and quick to make. You can thank us later ... 


  • 250g unsalted butter, chopped

  • 300g dark (70%) chocolate, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons Dutch cocoa, sifted

  • ½ cup (125ml) milk

  • 6 eggs

  • 1 cup (220g) caster (superfine) sugar

  • ½ cup (85g) brown sugar

  • 1 cup (150g) plain (all-purpose) flour


  • 1.

    Place the butter and chocolate in a medium saucepan over low heat and stir until melted and smooth. Add the cocoa and milk and stir to combine. Set aside to cool slightly.

  • 2.

    Place the eggs and both the sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer and whisk on high speed for 12–15 minutes or until pale, thick and creamy.

  • 3.

    Add the chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and whisk, scraping down the sides of the bowl, until just combined. Reduce the speed to low, add the flour and whisk until just combined.

  • 4.

    Preheat oven to 160°C (325°F).

  • 5.

    Lightly grease a 22cm round springform cake tin and line with non-stick baking paper.

  • 6.

    Pour the cake mixture into the tin and bake for 1 hour – 1 hour 10 minutes or until set+. Allow to cool completely in the tin.

  • 7.

    Remove the cake from the tin to serve.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (8 servings)

  • Energy 715kj
  • Fat Total 41g
  • Saturated Fat 24g
  • Protein 9g
  • Carbohydrate 86g
  • Sugar 67g
  • Sodium 72mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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+ The cake is ready when it feels set to the touch. If tested, a wooden skewer will not come out clean – the cake will set with a fudgy centre as it cools.

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Posted by JosephineJosephineReport
Must try
Posted by Kate2236Report
How long do you cook 2 x 20cm cakes for to make the chocolate layer cake?
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The Facebook link is not working so I am unable to post this to my friends.
Posted by Tracy146Report
What a wonderful all round recipe to use 3 ways OMG I can't wait to try this Donna. Thank you so much.